Sheryl Crow's 1993 hit album Tuesday Night Music Club was one of those "overnight successes" that are the result of years of work, most of it behind the scenes or in the shadows.
Crow was born in Kennett, Missouri, not far from Memphis, Tennessee. Her parents had both been professional musicians. She worked in club bands,and teaching piano to autistic elementary-school children in the St. Louis area during and subsequent to her University of Missouri education, graduating with a degree in music education (she was later awarded an honorary doctorate by Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau).
Crow moved to Los Angeles in 1986. For two years, she was a featured back-up singer on Michael Jackson's "Bad" tour; she began working in the studios with high-profile names like Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal and Don Henley; and toured with Henley.
Signed to A&M in 1991, she recorded a debut album that remains unreleased. Joining her then-boyfriend, Kevin Gilbert, and a group of like-minded musicians in an informal weekly jam session, she - and they - worked up the material for what would be released as Tuesday Night Music Club. All I Wanna Do, the third single from the album, became a major radio hit, and boosted sales of the album to more than six million copies in the United States alone. She also took home Grammys for Best Female Rock Vocal and Record of the Year (both for All I Wanna Do), and Best New Artist. She would win a number of other Recording Academy awards in years to come.
In addition to her own projects, Crow produced some tracks on Stevie Nicks' Trouble in Shangri-La album and recorded duets with partners including Kid Rock. In 1999, Crow starred in a concert in New York City's Central Park, featuring guests Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Sarah McLachlan and the Dixie Chicks.
By 2002, Crowe had amassed enough connections and credibility that her C'mon, C'mon album featured appearances by Henley, Emmylou Harris, Lenny Maines, Lenny Kravitz and Liz Phair. She has appeared on numerous TV talk shows around the world, and music specials including Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music, America: A Tribute to Heroes, and Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson and Willie Nelson concert shows; she's had her own VH1 Storytellers episode, and appeared in episodes of Big Brother (dropping by the reality show's "house" to entertain the captives with a couple of numbers) and The WB's dramatic series One Tree Hill, in connection with her then-current single, The First Cut is the Deepest. Crow's music has also been featured in films including Point Break, Hope Floats, Erin Brockovich, Shallow Hall, I Am Sam, Sweet Home Alabama and De-lovely, and - perhaps most conspicuously - she performed the title song for 1997's James Bond feature, Tomorrow Never Knows.