8th Annual espnW: Women+Sports Summit Pelican Hill Resort Newport Beach, California (USA)
2 October 2017
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"If It Makes You Happy" (tribute to Tom Petty)
By Ericka N. Goodman-Hughey
Sheryl Crow joined Cari Champion for a special presentation of Be Honest, live from eighth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit on Monday. The "Strong Enough" singer candidly discussed her multilayered journey from working as an elementary school teacher in Fenton, Missouri, to becoming a backup singer for Michael Jackson and eventually morphing into a multi-Grammy winning singer.
Crow, who performed a few of her most beloved songs after her chat with Champion, noted that she had "a heavy heart after hearing about the Las Vegas [concert] shootings." She added: "I'll also be playing tonight in Tom Petty's memory," speaking of the famed performer who died earlier Monday.
Though the evening was solemn, Crow's sentiments not only warmed the crowd but also motivated them to "absorb a little bit of what life is holding for you." Here are a few highlights from the conversation:
Living her dreams
"I never thought I wouldn't do this. I always thought, if you work very hard, good things will happen. Look, I crashed my Michael Jackson audition, but thankfully, I made it."
On being a breast cancer survivor
"I got an irregular biopsy and my life just imploded. But it made me refine and redefine my life. If you're a super-achiever and making s--- happen person, you end up putting yourself at the bottom, and the last person you take care of is yourself. I had to learn how to say no. I began listening to myself. I started to put my oxygen mask on first."
The "Be Myself" album
"The music felt so urgent. I had so much to say when I released it [in April]. We are always putting images out there. Everyone has followers, but I love the idea of not being a follower. I think you should love being yourself. I thought, if I can't be someone else, I might as well be myself."
On aging gracefully
"At [55 years old], I honestly still feel super young, excited and on fire. However, I'm fully embracing getting older. I've accrued so many life lessons over the years. I've learned that life is so much richer with time."
"I adopted my boy, Levi, 7, and Wyatt, 10 [in 2010 and 2007, respectively]. We have dinner every day at 6 p.m. -- I'm here [working] now, but by tomorrow morning, I'm back in the school drop-off lane. Oh, and both my boys just scored touchdowns in flag football, so it's been a good day."
Living in the moment
"I feel like the minute is shrinking. I want to encourage everyone to stop periodically and absorb a little of what life is holding for you. Sometimes you should just calm the brain, tap into the divine, and figure out what is for you. Sometimes you just need to be thankful for infinite possibilities."