[LIVE REVIEW] Stanford University special event - 17 October
Sheryl Crow dazzled Bing Concert Hall audience on Friday
By: Sophia Dao
The Stanford Daily
Before performing a sold out concert at Bing Concert Hall on Oct. 17, Sheryl Crow also sat down onstage to share her life stories in “A Conversation with Sheryl Crow.” In an age inundated with prepubescent YouTube music heartthrobs, it was a treat to hear about the years of sweat and persistence that went into perfecting her craft. It also made for a refreshing and polished performance.
Crow revealed, before dozens of students and fans in “A Conversation With Sheryl Crow,” the experiences that helped shape her as the world-class artist she is today. Small successes with a commercial jingle in her hometown of Kennett, Mo., propelled Crow to seek a bigger audience in Los Angeles. There, in the City of Angels, the singer found herself touring with the late King of Pop Michael Jackson whose transcendent–and even divine–stage presence left a lasting mark on Crow.
Bing Concert Hall witnessed Sheryl’s own transcendence just hours after “Conversation.” An icon of country music, Sheryl Crow took her captive audience by storm with a mixture of well-loved tunes from a decade past and newer songs from her 2013 album “Feels Like Home.”
The night’s first number, “Favorite Mistake,” set the spirit for the concert as Crow’s classically country voice resonated throughout Bing. With guitar in hand and support from bassist Robert Kearns, guitarist Peter Stroud, and drummer Fred Eltringham, Crow belted out crystal clear highs and soothing drawls that took me back home to Texas.
The star then sang her recent hit “Easy” followed by “Can’t Cry Anymore” and “Strong Enough” from the early ‘90s. An acoustic rendering of “Give It To Me” held the Bing audience enchanted with Crow’s sweet and sentimental voice.
Crow’s crowd whooped with nostalgic glee as the opening chords to “The First Cut Is The Deepest” played. Grown friends turned to share hugs, and married couples passed loving glances across fidgety children. Even the most stoic in the audience bobbed their heads to Crow’s enrapturing performance.
Our country hero continued drawing out affectionate responses from her audience as she shared childhood memories of nights spent sleeping on a staircase, listening to her parents sing blissfully. Following in her parents’ blithe attitude, Crow danced freely about the stage in her cowgirl boots as she sang “Soak Up The Sun.”
Crow massaged the tender atmosphere with a solo version of Kid Rock’s “Picture” that seamlessly morphed into a powerful “If It Makes You Happy.” The rockstar kept the hall alive with energy, closing with “Everyday Is A Winding Road.” Before the final chords, audience members were already up on their feet, wildly cheering for an encore.
Not one to disappoint, Crow sang her hit “All I Wanna Do” to an animated crowd that remained standing. The audience was indeed having some fun–bursting into song, dancing in the aisles and swaying back and forth with lighter apps displayed on phone screens.
The Sheryl Crow concert was part of Stanford Live’s year-round program of concerts at Bing Concert Hall.
[PIX&VIDS] Stanford University special event - 17 October
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Bing Concert Hall
Stanford, California (USA)
17 October 2014 -
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[NEWS] Ovation Airs Sheryl Crow 'SONG BY SONG' Special Tonight
Song by Song, the popular and critically acclaimed original series from Ovation, America's only arts network, returns with the new season premiere of Song by Song: Sheryl Crow tonight, October 14th at 10PM ET. The documentary music series, from the Emmy(R)-nominated production company TH Entertainment, will focus on four of Crow's most-enduring hit songs and the stories and inspiration behind them.
In each half-hour episode, viewers will hear from friends, colleagues and Sheryl Crow herself on the impact of the music on their lives and careers, as well as on the music business and popular culture. Among the featured interviewees, in addition to Crow, are Willie Nelson, Amy Grant, Rascal Flatts, Lissie, Jimmy Iovine (co-founder Interscope Records), David Wild (Rolling Stone), Andrew Hampp (Billboard), Scooter Weintraub (Manager) and Jeff Trott (songwriting partner).
Here is the lineup for Song by Song: Sheryl Crow:
"Strong Enough" - premiering Tuesday, October 14th at 10PM ET. After the first singles on her debut record don't get any traction, Sheryl finds success with a powerful statement about finding a partner who can truly be her equal.
"If It Makes You Happy" - premiering Tuesday, October 21th at 10PM ET. Following years of singing backup for other artists and contending with envious collaborators, Sheryl proves her autonomy with a hit that solidifies her position as a musical powerhouse who answers only to herself.
"My Favorite Mistake" - premiering Tuesday, October 28th at 10PM ET. Sheryl taps into her personal life for inspiration, leading to an intimate song about a past relationship and creating speculation over her unnamed muse.
"Redemption Day" - premiering Tuesday, November 4th at 10PM ET. Inspired by a trip to war-torn Bosnia, Sheryl writes this song, which is later recorded by Johnny Cash, and ultimately ignites her interest in recording country music.
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"Strong Enough" discussed by Andrew Hampp (Billboard) and Sheryl's manager Scooter Weintraub.
From a small town to the city of angels
[NEWS] Blair hosts A Conversation with Sheryl Crow, Nov. 4
Blair School of Music
PRESS RELEASE - Rock legend Sheryl Crow will speak at the Blair School of Music this fall as part of the popular Conversations Series. On Tuesday, November 4, Assistant Professor Jen Gunderman will conduct an informal on-stage conversation with the singer, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
“As a musician and a songwriter, the craft of music is very important to me,” Crow said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to pull back the curtain on what that process looks like, especially for an audience that takes music education so seriously.”
“Sheryl Crow is one of music’s most exciting and busiest artists,” said Blair School Dean Mark Wait, “and I am thrilled that she has graciously agreed to appear in Blair’s Conversations Series.”
Crow is a nine-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 35 million albums around the world. She has performed duets with such musical luminaries as Sting and Mick Jagger, has been nominated for an additional 27 Grammys, and has released eight studio albums (seven charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest-hits collection, and a Christmas album.
Her most recent album, Feels Like Home, captures the sound of a great and established artist enjoying a kind of fresh start. It features songs on which Crow collaborated with her longtime guitar player and frequent co-writer Jeff Trott (with whom she co-wrote such past Crow classics as “If It Makes You Happy,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Every Day Is A Winding Road”), as well as such Nashville songwriters as Chris DuBois, Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby and Chris Stapleton, among others.
Crow has a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No. 1 singles among women in the chart’s 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts, as well as a Top 20 solo country single.
She is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The NRDC, The World Food Program, and Feeding America.
Jen Gunderman, who will interview Crow and moderate the audience Q&A, is Assistant Professor of Music History at the Blair School. Courses she teaches include History of Rock Music, and Women and Rock Music. Gunderman is uniquely well-qualified to interview Crow, having toured with her for the past year and a half. She is currently on leave from teaching at the Blair School while playing keyboard and accordion and singing in Crow’s band.
“Sheryl is one of the most influential and well-respected musicians of our generation,” Gunderman said. “Her singing has been admired by everyone from Michael Jackson to Luciano Pavarotti, her songwriting has produced both enduring radio hits and edgy experimentation, and she plays most of the instruments on several of her albums. It’s going to be a great night.”
The Conversations Series first launched in 1995, when Jim Foglesong, a top music industry executive and record producer, and classical guitarist John Johns interviewed guitar legend Chet Atkins. Other artists featured in the series have included singer and guitarist Peter Frampton, fiddler Mark O’Connor, pianist Awadagin Pratt, singer Amy Grant, violinist Joshua Bell, mandolinist and country singer Marty Stuart, songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, guitarist and Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, singer Steve Earle, songwriter, composer and musician Randy Newman, singer-songwriter John Hiatt, singer Eddy Arnold, singer Wynonna Judd, and singer and pianist Ben Folds.
A Conversation with Sheryl Crow will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music. The event is free and open to the public and seating is first-come, first-served, so plan to arrive early!