Sheryl Crow is a staple in the music industry ever since the 1990s, but her songs aren’t the only reason why her songs remain a hit today. This working single mom has undergone many hurdles and is a symbol of female strength and empowerment. She’s gone through many ups and downs, and though you might recognize her songs on the radio, here are some Sheryl Crow facts that you definitely don’t know.
1. She started off as a music teacher
After Sheryl graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1984, she became an elementary school teacher in St. Louis, teaching music to tots. She continued this position until 1986, when she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dreams.
2. An impressive net worth
Sheryl Crow’s net worth is estimated at $40 million. The rock star and multiple Grammy winner is worth quite a hefty amount!
3. The king of pop threw grapes at her
How many people can say that Michael Jackson himself pulled a prank on them? When she was touring with Jackson on the tour for Bad as a backup singer, she revealed that the star would often throw carrots or grapes over the walls of their quick-change tents, and said she heard him giggling about the joke constantly.
4. Her debut album was never released
In 1991, Sheryl was signed to A&M records. Unfortunately, even though her record was done by 1992, the rocker didn’t like how it sounded and decided the overall feel was too “slick”. As a result, she never released it. We’re dying to get our hands on this tape!
5. A struggle with sleep paralysis
In a Rolling Stone interview, this star got vulnerable, admitting that she used to fear sleeping due to sleep paralysis, a fear-inducing state where the sleeper is half dozing and half awake, feeling physically trapped but mentally awake. This disorder can even come with hallucinations — her mother had it too.
6. 31 Grammy noms
According to the internet, Sheryl Crow has won awards at the Grammys 9 times, and has been nominated a whopping 31 times. Three of her winning songs came from her 1993 debut album title “Tuesday Night Music Club.”