An interview with Sheryl Crow

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Cyclingnews' Tim Maloney had a rare opportunity for an exclusive interview with the Grammy-winning singer & songwriter, Sheryl Crow, at the Tour De France. Crow is from Kennet Square, Missouri, where she sang in the school choir, ran track and got straight A's. She graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in voice and piano. After a successful TV commercial for McDonald's, she headed west for Los Angeles with the idea to try and make it in show biz. Her first gig was singing back up for Michael Jackson on a world tour.

Starting with 1994's "Tuesday Night Music Club", which took almost a year to become a hit (thanks to a great video), Crow burst onto the international music scene with her hit, "All I Wanna Do". Crow won three Grammys in 1994, including best song and best new artist and the album sold 7.5 million copies. Crow's written songs for Celine Dion and Tina Turner, and sang backup for Jimmy Buffet and Don Henley, before establishing herself with a band called Tuesday Night Music Club.

In the last decade, Crow has sold over 20 million albums, won nine Grammys and become one of the most respected musicians in the business, with her unique style of music that combines the roots of classic and progressive rock. Recently, Crow had a collection of songs released by Starbucks under its Artist's Choice label and has a new record coming out in September.

Crow and six-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong have had a relationship since late 2003, and she is in France at her second Tour De France. Cyclingnews sat down with Ms Crow on a rainy night in Blois, France to talk about her new album, Lance and her career. Besides her superb singing voice and guitar playing, Crow is an articulate, intelligent artist who clearly understands her oeuvre. Plus, she has one of the most mellifluous speaking voices we've ever had the pleasure to listen to, as she told us about her new record, her career, Bob Dylan and her adventures on the road with the Disco biker boys.

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