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Sheryl Crow performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 10

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GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

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By Crystal Larsen
Los Angeles

Friday night in Los Angeles belonged to the girls as Sheryl Crow took the stage with special guest Colbie Caillat at the Greek Theatre on Sept. 10. The performance was part of the GRAMMY winner's tour in support of her new album, 100 Miles From Memphis.

Because the drive from Santa Monica, Calif., to the quiet neighborhood of Los Feliz on a Friday evening can often seem like a road trip, I missed part of Caillat's opening set but arrived just in time to hear the popular "Bubbly" and "Realize" off her Coco album. Caillat, who must have felt at home as a Los Angeles-native, finished the set with her personal favorite "I Never Told You" — off her most recent release Breakthrough — "Lucky," a song written with GRAMMY winner Jason Mraz but performed this time with guitarist Justin Young, and an ambitious cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way." (Her dad Ken won a GRAMMY for producing Rumours.)

Following a brief intermission, Crow took the stage dressed in sparkly silver shorts that were likely seen from every corner of the venue. Before launching into a string of songs that spanned the singer's entire career, Crow warned the crowd that she was fighting off the flu, which she caught from her 3-year-old son Wyatt. But that didn't stop her or her eight-piece band as they delivered two hours of high-energy performances including "A Change Would Do You Good," off her self-titled album, "Eye To Eye," "Summer Day" and "Sign Your Name," off 100 Miles From Memphis, and "Can't Cry Anymore" and "Strong Enough" off her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club.

Crow, still in good spirits aside from her flu-affected voice, used her illness to add a little humor during "Strong Enough," singing, "God I feel like hell tonight…and I mean it." Finally, for the first time that evening, she strapped on her guitar and harmonica as bassist Tommy Simms led an intro to the gospel-like "Long Road Home."

Next up were a series of Crow classics, and crowd pleasers, including "Everyday Is A Winding Road," "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up The Sun," and "My Favorite Mistake." The new inclusion of the loud and energized horn section on these fan favorites delivered a whole new flavor that the audience seemed to soak up.

Before she bid farewell, Crow took a short break (likely to pop some vitamin C) and came back for an encore of the GRAMMY-winning "All I Wanna Do," which won Record Of The Year in 1994, and the beautiful piano-driven "I Shall Believe."

It was a satisfying ending to the evening in a city that Crow claimed to adore.

"I love L.A.," said Crow. "I just love it."

The crowd seemed to love her too. Although, I may have secretly been hoping Kid Rock would make a cameo for a special performance of "Picture." Maybe next time.

To catch Sheryl Crow in a city near you, click here for tour dates.

(Photo Information: Sheryl Crow performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 10 | Photo: The Recording Academy)
 

Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, More To Perform At Jason Isbell's ShoalsFest

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Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, More To Perform At Jason Isbell's ShoalsFest

Isbell also announced that he would perform with his band Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

GRAMMYs/Mar 19, 2019 - 03:48 am

GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Jason Isbell is bringing Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, Amanda Shires and more to his hometown of Muscle Shoals, Ala., for the first-ever ShoalsFest.

Isbell also announced that the fest would feature a performance from his band Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.

According to the fest's website, more artists will be announced for the one-day event taking place on Oct. 5 at McFarland Park in Florence, Ala., which is part of the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan area.


"We’ve got ourselves a festival in the Shoals! @amandashires, @mavisstaples, @SherylCrow, and my rock band will play! Tickets on sale March 25. Come see," Isbell tweeted.

Muscle Shores is home to the Muscle Shoals Sound studio, which became a prominent place or R&B, rock and pop during the '60s and '70s, as NPR reports

Isbell said in a statement that he'd always wanted to bring a festival to the Shoals area. "McFarland Park is the perfect place to enjoy world-class artists and the beauty of the Singing River," the musician said. "These acts are all personal favorites of ours, and we’re proud to bring them to our hometown and show them a good time. I hope y’all are as excited as we are about ShoalsFest 2019."

Tickets for the festival go on sale March 25. For more information, visit the ShoalsFest website

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Sam Smith's Amazing GRAMMY Feat

Singer/songwriter is just the 10th artist to receive nominations in each of the four General Field categories in the same year

GRAMMYs/Feb 4, 2015 - 09:41 am

Sam Smith is just the 10th artist in the GRAMMY Awards' 57-year history to receive nominations in all four of the General Field categories in the same year. His gospel-tinged ballad "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)" is nominated for Record and Song Of The Year. (He co-wrote it with James Napier and William Phillips.) His debut album In The Lonely Hour is a finalist for Album Of The Year. And he's in the running for Best New Artist.

At 22, Smith is the second-youngest artist to achieve this feat. Only Mariah Carey, who was 20 at the time, was younger.

What's more, he's just the second male solo artist (following Christopher Cross) and just the second foreign-born artist (following fellow Brit Amy Winehouse) to be recognized in all four categories in the same year.

As you will see, seven of the 10 artists on this list are female solo artists; strong women who have exerted appreciable control over their music and image.

Here are the nine artists who previously achieved the feat. All won as Best New Artist unless otherwise noted.

Bobbie Gentry, 1967. Gentry, who was 23, was nominated for Album, Record and Song Of The Year, thanks to Ode To Billie Joe and its moody title track.

Christopher Cross, 1980. Cross, who was 29, took Record and Song Of The Year for "Sailing" and Album Of The Year for Christopher Cross. He's the only artist in GRAMMY history to win all four of these awards in one night. (Will Smith match that achievement? We'll find out on Feb. 8.)

Cyndi Lauper, 1984. Lauper, who was 31, was nominated for Album Of The Year for She's So Unusual, Record Of The Year for "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and Song Of The Year for "Time After Time" (which she co-wrote with Rob Hyman).

Tracy Chapman, 1988. Chapman, who was 24, was nominated for Record and Song Of The Year for "Fast Car" and Album Of The Year for Tracy Chapman.

Mariah Carey, 1990. Carey was nominated for Album Of The Year for Mariah Carey and Record and Song Of The Year for "Vision Of Love" (which she co-wrote with Ben Margulies).

Paula Cole, 1997. Cole is the only artist to receive nominations in each the big four categories who was also nominated for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. Cole, who was 29, was nominated for Record and Song Of The Year for "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" and Album Of The Year for This Fire.

India.Arie, 2001. India.Arie is the only artist to receive nominations in each of the big four categories who didn't win as Best New Artist. (She lost to Alicia Keys.) India.Arie, who was 26, was nominated for Album Of The Year for Acoustic Soul and Record and Song Of The Year for "Video" (which she co-wrote with Carlos "Six July" Broady, Reginald Harris and Shannon Sanders).

Amy Winehouse, 2007. Winehouse, who was 24, won Record and Song Of The Year for "Rehab" and was nominated for Album Of The Year for Back To Black.

Fun., 2012. The pop trio is the only group or duo to receive nominations in each of the big four categories. The members of Fun. (Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess) won Song Of The Year for "We Are Young" (which they co-wrote with Jeff Bhasker). They were nominated for Record Of The Year for that smash (which featured Janelle Monáe) and Album Of The Year for Some Nights.

Here are five artists who just missed receiving nominations in all of the big four categories.

Carpenters, 1970. Karen and Richard Carpenter were nominated for Album and Record Of The Year for Close To You and its title track, but Paul Williams and Roger Nichols wrote their Song Of The Year contender, "We've Only Just Begun."

Sheryl Crow, 1994. Crow won Record Of The Year and was nominated for Song Of The Year for "All I Wanna Do" (which she co-wrote with David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Wyn Cooper, and Kevin Gilbert), but her album, Tuesday Night Music Club, wasn't eligible. It had been released in the previous eligibility year.

Alanis Morissette, 1995. Morissette won Album Of The Year for Jagged Little Pill and was nominated for Song Of The Year for "You Oughta Know" (which she co-wrote with Glen Ballard), but that album track wasn't eligible for Record Of The Year. Rules at the time barred tracks that weren't commercially available as singles from competing in that category.

Joan Osborne, 1995. Osborne was nominated for Album Of The Year for Relish and Record Of The Year for "One Of Us," but Eric Bazilian wrote that philosophical song, a Song Of The Year finalist. (Deep trivia: Bazilian is a member of the Hooters, as is Rob Hyman, the co-writer of Lauper's aforementioned hit.)

Norah Jones, 2002. Jones won Album Of The Year for Come Away With Me and Record Of The Year for "Don't Know Why," but Jesse Harris wrote that smoky ballad, which won Song Of The Year.

Paul Grein, a veteran music journalist and historian, is a regular contributor to Yahoo.com.

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Tori Amos, Colbie Caillat, Demi Lovato, Sugarland, And More Join MusiCares' "Be A Part Of The Heart"

New artist participants take part in photo mosaic fundraising campaign

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

MusiCares announced today that Tori Amos, Colbie Caillat, the Eli Young Band, Melanie Fiona, Demi Lovato, Owl City, Parachute, Jenni Rivera, Paulina Rubio, Patrick Stump, and Sugarland are the latest group of artists to join the "Be A Part Of The Heart" fundraising campaign, which invites the public to come together to create an online mosaic comprised of photo tiles. Artists such as Bon Jovi, Black Cards, Taio Cruz, Melissa Etheridge, Selena Gomez, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, and Gloria Trevi uploaded their photos at the launch of the campaign in February 2011.

"Be A Part Of The Heart" encourages fans, recording artists and corporate and media partners to come together in a digital photo mosaic to raise awareness and generate resources to help MusiCares continue to provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. The initiative also offers a chance to win a trip for two to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, 2012.

"Not only is this a chance for fans to join their favorite artists online in a shared effort to raise funds for MusiCares and help members of our music family," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation, "it's also a way for people to join an online community and share their stories about music and its impact on their lives."

In addition, MusiCares has launched a separate contest in conjunction with its annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute that will honor Paul McCartney on Feb. 10, which offers music bloggers — professional or amateur — a chance to earn a coveted spot on the red carpet as well as a credential to cover the exclusive concert portion of the event. For complete details on the blogger contest, click here.

"Be A Part Of The Heart" participants can visit www.beapartoftheheart.com and make a contribution in any amount beginning with $1 to receive an online tile, where they can upload a photo and include their stories and links to websites and social media platforms. There is no limit to the donation amount and the tiles that go with it. Tiles can be created in honor of loved ones, to commemorate important milestones or holidays, and to engage other members of the public. There is also a place to include text about key musical influences.

For more information, visit www.beapartoftheheart.com.
 

GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Look: Sheryl Crow
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GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Look: Sheryl Crow

GRAMMY-winning artist premieres live performance video for new song "Give It To Me," only on GRAMMY.com

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

On Sept. 10 nine-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow will release her new studio album, Feels Like Home. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your first look at a live performance video of the country-tinged track "Give It To Me," recorded recently as part of an installment of "The Live Room" sessions at Ocean Way Recording in Nashville, Tenn.

"'Give It To Me' was co-written with Jeff Trott, and somehow writing this song felt a bit like writing 'My Favorite Mistake' together years ago," said Crow. "We were in the studio and I was thinking about how I would love to write a song that was almost a throwback to Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill and that whole Hot Band period that I, along with so many other people, still love. For me, that's some of the greatest country music ever made. 'Give It To Me' is a tried-and-true love song, and like a lot of the better love songs, it's basically a true heartbreaker."

Born in Kennett, Mo., Crow's classic roots-rock sound made her one of the most popular female artists to emerge in the '90s. After performing as a background vocalist for artists such as Don Henley and Michael Jackson, in 1993 Crow released her debut studio album, Tuesday Night Music Club. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and spawned four hits, including "All I Wanna Do," which helped Crow garner her first three GRAMMY Awards, including Record Of The Year and Best New Artist. Her sophomore album, 1996's Sheryl Crow, led to two GRAMMYs for Best Rock Album and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the Top 10 hit "If It Makes You Happy." That summer, Crow toured as part of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair before returning in 1998 with The Globe Sessions, which earned Crow a second GRAMMY for Best Rock Album and her first nomination for Album Of The Year.

Subsequent studio albums included C'mon, C'mon (2002); Wildflower (2005); and Detours (2008), all of which peaked at No. 2. Crow's most recent studio album, 2010's 100 Miles From Memphis, was an homage to the singer's Southern roots and peaked at No. 3.

Set for release Sept. 10, Feels Like Home has been dubbed as Crow's first country album. The set features 12 tracks, including "Give It To Me," the hit single "Easy" and "Waterproof Mascara," a collaboration with fellow GRAMMY winner Brad Paisley. Crow is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour with country artist Gary Allan, with dates scheduled through October.