Annual Conference Will Present Sheryl Crow

By Aleita Johnson Feb 5, 2009
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Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow is set to perform at the 2009 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 61st Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans.

Crow, rock singer and songwriter, takes center stage at the Morial Convention Center at 8 p.m. June 30.

The conference, which runs from June 28 to July 1, covers an array of topics applicable to professionals in HR-related fields, providing an opportunity for networking and strategy-building.

Registration includes one ticket to the concert. Although the show is not open to the general public, registered SHRM members can bring a guest. A guest ticket may be purchased for $80. All tickets are nonrefundable.

Crow, known for her rock, folk and pop sound, started out as an elementary school music teacher and back-up singer for Michael Jackson during his Bad World Tour in the late 1980s. Nearly two decades and eight albums later, she has established a lucrative music career with top-charting hits year after year.

She won three Grammys for her 1993 debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club.” Her single “All I Wanna Do” put her on the map, reaching No. 1 on the Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts and reaching the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, according to her web site. “Strong Enough” and “Can’t Cry Anymore” also were featured on her debut album.

From there, Crow’s success continued with her 1996 self-titled album “Sheryl Crow.” That same year, she won two Grammys for her popular single “If It Makes You Happy.”

Sporting a new short haircut, she released “The Globe Sessions” in 1998. The album featured a remake of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and won a Grammy for Best Rock Album.

Throughout her music career, Crow performed alongside several artists. In fact, in between “The Globe Sessions” and her fourth studio album, “C’mon C’mon,” she branched off and teamed up with various other artists.

Crow performed her hits with artists Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, the Dixie Chicks and Eric Clapton for her 1999 album “Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park.”

Crow toured with John Mayer as a co-headliner and released a single “Always on Your Side” with Sting, according to her web site.

Nicks and Crow reunited in 2001, collaborating on a number of tracks on Nick’s album “Trouble in Shangri-La.” She helped produce and perform on the tracks and later toured with Nicks, according to Crow’s web site.

In 2002, she sang a duet with Kid Rock on her hit single “Picture.” Chart-topper “Soak up the Sun” also was released from her album “C’mon C’mon.”

The following year, she released a compilation, “The Very Best of Sheryl Crow,” for which she received two American Music Awards.

In 2005, Crow released “Wildflowers,” which is the last album she released before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. The album received two Grammy nominations. Her latest album, “Detours,” was released in 2008.

Crow has been featured on movie soundtracks, most notably in the James Bond theme song “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Other soundtrack contributions include “Cars,” “Erin Brockovich” and “Home of the Brave.”

The Annual Conference concert will begin at 8 p.m., but shuttles will start running prior to the show at 6:30 p.m., when the doors open, and will run until about 11 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the show.

To register for the 2009 SHRM 61st Annual Conference & Exposition, visit

Aleita Johnson is an editorial intern for SHRM.

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