Sheryl Crow came onto the music scene in the early 1990s, but her hit songs still ring true today.
She’s a driven and kind woman who, at the age of 55, also happens to be a working single mom. Sheryl is a force to be reckoned with, and she’s battled some hurdles in her lifetime.
When she moved to LA at the age of 24, she had no connections to the music world. She got a waitressing job, which allowed her to go on auditions throughout her days. When she went to parties, she worked hard to get her name out there.
Soon enough, her confidence began to pay off — in small ways at first, then in a major way.
Have you loved Sheryl from her very first album? Did you know these 10 facts about her life’s ups and downs as an artist and a woman?
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1. She Used To Be A Music Teacher
According to University Harold, after she got her degree from University of Missouri at Columbia in 1984, she worked as an elementary school music teacher in St. Louis. She taught until 1986, when she moved to LA to pursue her dreams.
2. She's Worth $40 Million
3. Michael Jackson Threw Grapes At Her
When Sheryl was touring with Michael as a backup singer on the Bad tour, they had adjacent quick-change tents. He’d often throw grapes or carrots over the walls at her — all in good fun, of course. In Time, she says that she heard him giggling at his own pranks all the time.
4. Her First Album Went Unreleased
Sheryl was signed to A&M Records in 1991. Her first record was recorded by 1992. However, Sheryl didn’t like the way it sounded and felt it sounded too “slick,” according to Biography.com. She never released it.
5. She Suffers From Sleep Paralysis
In an article in Rolling Stone, Sheryl speaks about how she used to be afraid to go to sleep because of her sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a terrifying half-asleep, half-awake state during which you cannot move your body, no matter how hard you try, but you’re well aware of your state.
Sometimes, it comes with auditory or visual hallucinations, too. She has this condition in common with her mother.
6. She's Had 31 Grammy Nominations So Far
The official Grammys website has Sheryl at nine wins and 31 nominations since her career began. Who knows, maybe her fifties will yield another one? One can only hope!
7. Her Adopted Sons Are Her Biggest Blessing
In a People article from 2017, Sheryl is quoted as saying, “Adopting my boys — that’s just been the biggest, everlasting event that has informed everything.” In 2007, she adopted Wyatt, who is now 9. Then, in 2010, she adopted Levi, who is 6.
8. She Doesn't Let Her Boys Get Addicted To Technology
Sheryl believes very strongly that modern technology is a real addiction. In the same People article, she notes that she doesn’t allow her kids more than 30 minutes of screen time per day, and they don’t have TVs in their rooms.
She’s raising them to be more aware of the world directly in front of them. They don’t have smartphones, either! In the same vein, she doesn’t like to post pictures of them on social media and looks up to her mother (pictured above, with Sheryl as a baby) as an inspiration for her own motherhood.
9. She's Shorter Than She Looks
Different sources place her between, 5’1 and 5’3, but no matter the exact height, it’s a surprise to learn that she’s not a towering 5’7 or so! She’s managed to make an image of a taller Sheryl with tricks of the trade — and heels, of course. Plus, she’s so fit and trim that she gives off the illusion of being taller.
10. She Beat Breast Cancer
In 2006, during a routine mammogram, Sheryl caught breast cancer in its early stages. According to an ABC News report from that year, she underwent “minimally invasive surgery” (a lumpectomy). She then underwent seven weeks of radiation.
She was shocked when she got the diagnosis because she was always a healthy person when she was younger, and it didn’t run in either side of the family. It made her realize what stress and environment can do to a person.
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