Friendly, easy-going company, she says it was her illness that prompted her recent shift into country music.“When I was diagnosed with cancer I moved [from Los Angeles to Nashville] as I wanted to put down roots and nurture my life in a way that I hadn’t before.By the end of the call the publicist and I are almost in tears as well, even though we don’t know what she is crying about: I don’t think I have ever heard such raw grief.
We have met at her home, a sprawling ranch outside Nashville where she lives with her two adopted sons, aged seven and four.It is a cold day but the sun slants in through the heavy red curtains to the dark wood-panelled recording studio where Crow is sitting on a sofa, a tiny figure in a pretty polka-dot Ralph Lauren dress and battered brown leather jacket.Seeing Crow in a heap, she shoots a puzzled glance my way, probably wondering what on earth I have said to reduce her to this state.“Just tell him I love him,” Crow is murmuring into the phone.It was a conscious decision to make a shift away from conventional pop.
Country is where I come from [she grew up in nearby Missouri], and I wanted to be part of that tradition.” Although widely respected in the music business, Crow has a more mixed public reception.
The 49–year-old singer stepped out with Doyle Bramhall II, a longtime friend and musician who currently plays in her touring band, at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s 2011 Spring Ball in New York on Wednesday.
As the mother of two adopted sons — 3-year-old Wyatt and 1-year-old Levi – Sheryl has said she errs on the side of caution when it comes to bringing possible suitors into her life, and moves slowly to protect her children from instability.
In these photos, Bramhall’s hair seems more “tamed” than we’ve seen before. Not really my type, but he seems low-key and like he’s a good fit for Renee.
It’s also worth noting than after everyone focused on her weird face-work in 2013/14, whatever she had done seems to have “settled” a lot this year.
Now 52, Crow is often described as the world’s biggest female rock star: she has won nine Grammy Awards during the past two decades, sold more than 50 million albums and performed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan.