December 2010

.Friday December 31, 2010

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW: TRUE TO THE CORE

By Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, Special to the Deseret News

Going to a concert with your father-in-law, who also happens to be the governor, has its benefits.

Sometimes you are lucky enough to meet the performers beforehand, as we did a few months ago at the Sheryl Crow concert at Red Butte Gardens.

It was a chilly evening, and as we waited backstage to meet her (which was really just in a tent) I could sense my 2-year-old getting cold and restless. I was worried that by the time we actually got to see Crow, my son would be throwing a big fit.

Finally, we saw her security team escorting her toward us, anxiously whispering that she didn't have much time to socialize. In other words, a "hi and goodbye" was to be expected.

But I was pleasantly surprised.

Not only did she take time to shake each of our hands while my father-in-law introduced us, but she actually initiated conversation.

When she saw my son, she gasped and said, "Oh, he is adorable! I wish I would've brought my son, Wyatt, so they could have played together!"

I was so surprised to hear her say that. I think I mumbled something inaudible like "Oh, he would have loved that!"

At first I thought she was just being nice — after all, would she have really asked a complete stranger for a play date on her million dollar tour bus? But as the minutes ticked on and she was still chatting it up with us as if we were all old pals, I began to think that maybe she was just as sweet and genuine as she seemed.

As we all scrunched in to take our picture with her, she turned to me and asked if I knew the sex of my next baby, as I was about seven months pregnant at the time.

"It's another boy," I responded and grinned.

"Oh! You will love having two boys," she gushed and told me about the second son she just adopted.

"I'm so happy for you!"

In fact she was being so friendly that the cameraman who was snapping pictures had to tell us to quit talking so he could take the picture and she could go onstage!

I was thoroughly impressed with meeting Sheryl Crow. Here was someone who could have easily just made pleasantries with a "nice to meet you" and gone on stage, and we would have been none the happier.

But she went above and beyond the normal fan "meet and greet" and actually took time to show us she cared.

After she walked away, I turned to my husband and said, "She now has a fan for life."

Crow's music is both folksy and pop friendly without conforming to either. She is a stellar performer and insightful songwriter, and has a way of engaging an audience that makes you want to just let loose and sing — which about 5,000 fans did all night long.

If you're wondering which albums are some of her best to download, I would suggest going for the best: "The Very Best of Sheryl Crow" has her classic hits such as "Soak Up the Sun," "All I Wanna Do" and her cover of "The First Cut is the Deepest."

Laid back and organic, Sheryl Crow is true to the core. And that's what I love about her.

Source: Deseret News

 


.Thursday December 30, 2010

[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW INTERVIEWED BY VOICE OF AMERICA (VoA)


[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW & DR. KRISTI FUNK EARLY DETECTION ADVOCATES

Singer Sheryl Crow and Dr. Kristi Funk, the surgeon who diagnosed Sheryl's breast cancer in 2006, are teaming up to save lives.

Crow, who shared her breast cancer survival story with other cancer victims, has become an advocate for early detection.

Dr. Funk's charity, Pink Lotus Petals, is a Los Angeles based nonprofit that provides free screening, diagnosis, surgical treatment and post-surgical treatment to women who are medically uninsured and are unable to pay for such care due to financial hardship, socio-economic circumstances and other emergencies.

Pink Lotus Petals believes that saving women today is just as critical as searching for a future cure. Every woman deserves a right to treatment, regardless of socio-economic status or financial condition.

Help Dr. Funk and Sheryl Crow save lives by making a donation today!


Source: ExtraTV

.Saturday December 29, 2010

[VIDEO] Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson - Today I Started Lovin’ You Again

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.Friday December 24, 2010

[PIC] HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! :-)

A large gathering of the local community showed up on Thursday night for the First Annual Hallelujah on the Square. Among those who turned out for the event was singing artist and Kennett native, Sheryl Crow, who is home for the holidays. There was also a crowd of visitors who braved the cold to enjoy the music. Viretta Sexton , former Kennett Junior and Senior High Vocal Music teacher and Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, was the organizer of the event as well as the conductor. There are plans to do it again next year. (Photo by Lecia Forester for Daily Dunklin Democrat).


[MAGAZINE] US WEEKLY - JULY 26

(Thanks Mark :-)

.Tuesday December 21, 2010

[VIDEO] LONG ROAD HOME @ THE SING OFF


[DOWNLOAD] SHERYL CROW AND THE THIEVES - 2010 AOL SESSIONS

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[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW AND THE THIEVES - 2010 AOL SESSIONS

100 Miles from Memphis

Our Love is Fading

Long Road Home

Peaceful Feeling

Everyday Is A Winding Road


[INTERVIEW] POPEATER.COM

By Michael D. Ayers
Pop Eater

Since her 1993 debut, 'Tuesday Night Music Club,' Sheryl Crow has become one of pop music's most recognizable voices. Which makes sense: Anyone talented enough to start her career as a backup singer for Michael Jackson and subsequently work with Stevie Wonder and Don Henley probably owns a good set of pipes. Earlier this year, Crow returned with '100 Miles From Memphis,' her seventh studio album -- an homage to vintage soul, which infuses Crow's voice within her own nostalgic memories.

Recently, Crow stopped by Popeater HQ to record an AOL Sessions performance, and in this in-depth interview she talks about the origins of her most recent record, the lure of nostalgia and her thoughts about burping onstage.

'100 Miles to Memphis' pays homage to the great '60s soul and Stax Records sound. Growing up, did you take trips to Memphis?

Memphis was like the big city when I was growing up. I grew up about an hour from there. We would go about twice a year; people just didn't travel like they do now. We would go to buy school clothes and we'd go to see Santa Claus, and the big department store was there. So it was like an outing, it was like going to the big city. I remember going to Beale Street and at the time: It was very rundown, but there was just such a lore about it. Now it's been brought back to its glory and it's very commercial and stuff.

What is it about that period of the American music canon that's so attractive to you?

I think that music kind of represents the way people live, the way people view their god, the way people are connected to the earth there. When I grew up, all the families grew up in churches, you raise your kids in churches, you grew up with them singing church music. The music that came out of Memphis and I think a lot of those singers -- Sam & Dave, Al Green, Otis Redding -- when they delivered a song, you believed it. You know whether it was a song about vulnerability or pain or wounding or injustice or just a cool, uplifting sort of dance song, you just believed it, you went there all the way fully committed. And I think about where I'm from and what I feel is that people who are from there are very connected to that part of America.

Nowadays, if some people talk about religion or church in their music they might be chastised. But it seems like people making music back then and infusing those ideas, they did it and didn't have to worry with any of those critiques; it just seemed very natural.

A lot of the songwriters who were writing from a gospel standpoint were also some of the people who were writing the great civil-rights songs ever to be written, and a lot of that stuff was getting on the radio and it was very different then, obviously. Popular music seemed to sort of cross the barriers of music that was talking about something but also was relatable and had a great beat or great melody.

At heart, are you a nostalgic person?

I am a nostalgic person. You know, I don't like to cling to the past, but I appreciate where we've been. I definitely appreciate in my life where I've been because it directly points me to where I am now, and I've learned a lot. I definitely don't live in the past, but a lot of the music that I listen to happens to be from people who lived back then and were sort of the architects to the music that I love.

A lot of songs from that era we love have this very upbeat aspect to it and these very sad words and very sad emotions or lyrics that invade the tempos.

We just try to fool the listener all the time; don't get too happy. It's funny because 'All I Wanna Do' is that way. 'All I Wanna Do' is a very cynical take on the '90s in Los Angeles, and people kind of latched on to 'All I Wanna Do,' but that's great. Some of the best songs ever written were like that, and I think it is an interesting juxtaposition and it is kind of indicative of what living is, you have the bittersweet with the euphoric.

When did the idea to explore these sounds and arrangements on '100 Miles From Memphis' come to you?

I've always had a certain amount of direct influences on all my records. Even 'All I Wanna Do' was taken from a Marvin Gaye song, 'Got to Give It Up.' Every record has music that is very implied and I just felt like that it was time to really fully commit to that style of music and to go back to what it originally was that I was trying to do in 1990 when I came off the Michael Jackson tour. I tried to get a record deal, and every single record label turned me down for the very reason they didn't know what to do with a blue-eyed soul singer. And I got into songwriting, I got into listening to Bob Dylan and I got into writing in a more literary, narrative fashion kind of implied in some ways a kind of a Southern folk rock, and I just felt like this was the record that felt natural for me to do after coming off [2008's] 'Detours' record.

Your voice has become one of the more recognizable in pop in the past 20 years. What are some of the different ways you've learned over the years to use and control and harness it?

Well, my guitar player Doyle [Bramhall II] just thinks it's fascinating that I can sing through a burp if that means anything to you. I can be onstage and, you know, I can sustain a burp until I'm done with a phrase. You know part of it is just doing it, part of it is singing, it's like any other sort of craft of muscle. The more you do it, hopefully, the better you get at it, the more you understand it and the better you are able to control. But also in songwriting and playing instruments and production, I'm a fan of learning, I love learning and I love not staying still, not just resting on my laurels. So it's fun when I feel like I'm getting better and I'm learning things; I'm learning from other people and that's what keeps me going.

You mentioned Bob Dylan earlier. He's an interesting example as far as when he first started out to where he sounds now.

Bob Dylan's a great example of someone who didn't want to stay static and he wound up making 'Nashville Skyline' and he actually sounds like Bobby Goldsboro on it. And then later on he did a very big event in Tokyo with Joni Mitchell and took voice lessons for it. So I think good singers and singers who are very alive in their art continue to work at it.

Do you still get nervous when an album comes out?

I get excited; I don't get so nervous. You know, the record business is a lot different than when I started. When my first record came out, it was out for a year before we ever had a hit and the record label really stuck with it and we put out four singles. Now it's like One-Shot Annie or maybe two shots, and it's very quick and can be equally very fleeting.

Source: PopEater.com


[PIC] CHRISTMAS IN THE TRAILER (FROM TWITTER)

Original Caption: Christmas in the trailer- exchanging gifts while waiting to do Sing Off tonight

.Monday December 20, 2010

[PIX] SING OFF REHEARSAL (FROM TWITTER)


.Saturday December 17, 2010

[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW DISCUSSES "IF IT MAKES YOU HEALTHY"

B&N premiere: Watch this just-released video featuring Sheryl Crow talking about her upcoming cookbook, "If It Makes You Healthy," and one of her favorite Christmas recipes!

.Friday December 16, 2010

[VIDEO] DEFINING MOMENTS

.Wednesday December 15, 2010

[VIDEO] BEHIND THE SESSIONS (AOL)

 


[VIDEO] YOU'VE GOT SHERYL CROW (AOL)

.Wednesday December 8, 2010

[PRESS] IF IT MAKES YOU HEALTHY


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- by Susan Walsh Studio

If It Makes You Healthy
More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons

With Sheryl Crow and Chuck White

St. Martin's Press, 3/29/2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-65895-3, ISBN10: 0-312-65895-8,
7 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches, 256 pages, Includes 150 color photos throughout,

Known as much for her youthful looks and natural chic as she is for her sunny and heartfelt songs, Sheryl has written a cookbook that is true to her style

Rock star. Activist. Mother of two. How does Sheryl Crow have time to keep so keep healthy and fit? Sheryl knows how to eat right and deliciously thanks to personal chef Chuck White, affectionately known as “Chef Chuck.” The duo met while Sheryl was battling breast cancer, which for her, was a wake-up call to eat better. Since then, Chuck has taught Sheryl how to do just that by cooking foods that are seasonal, locally grown, and vitamin-rich to keep her on top of her game and always ready to perform. This wholesome approach to every dish has been successfully integrated into all aspects of Sheryl’s busy life—from dinner parties, to touring, to settling in at home near Nashville, TN with her two sons, Wyatt and Levi. Now Sheryl and Chuck want to bring their nutritious, delicious creations from her kitchen into yours.

Rock-and-roll flavored throughout, In The Kitchen will have a full menu of approximately 125 recipes grouped seasonally, which reflects Sheryl’s busy schedule: Summer months offer tomatoes and corn, and summer also puts Sheryl on the road. Fall and winter brings apples and winter squash, when Sheryl is at home and in the studio. From the big entertaining menus that are prepared for her crew while touring (Mojito braised pork) to small home-cooked meals for Sheryl and her children (basil and apple marinated chicken)—all lushly photographed by Victoria Pearson—this book will be filled with easy and flavorful recipes anyone can make. Along the way, Sheryl opens up about touring and home life with stories about her childhood, her early years as a backup singer, and her eventual stardom.

About the authors

SHERYL CROW is an accomplished singersongwriter and musician who has won nine Grammy awards and sold more than 30 million albums. She has performed with the Rolling Stones and has sung duets with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Sting, and countless others. Through both her courageous battle with cancer and her decision to become a single mom to two sons, she is a role model for women worldwide.

CHUCK WHITE is a professionally trained chef who has cooked at some of the best restaurants in and around Nashville, Tennessee, as well as in Colorado. Chuck trained at a culinary school in Nashville before going to work in restaurants with some of Tennessee’s and Colorado’s most acclaimed chefs. Of note, he has worked at several 4-and 5-star establishments, including the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, The Little Nell in Aspen and Splendido in Beaver Creek, both in Colorado. He has been working with Sheryl Crow since 2006, both at home and on tour.

Source: St. Martin's Press

Website: http://ifitmakesyouhealthy.com/

.Tuesday December 7, 2010

[MAGAZINE] EVENTS&SHOW MAGAZINE, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER ISSUE COVER


[NEWS+VIDEO] SHERYL TALKS NEW COOKBOOK ON THE RACHAEL RAY SHOW

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December 7th, 2010 2:38 pm / Author: Nicole Eggenberger / OK Magazine

Sheryl Crow not only has two new CDs, Home For Christmas and 100 Miles from Memphis, but the she’s also coming out with her first cookbook!

“It’s called, If It Makes You Healthy, which is sort of a take on [my song] ‘If It Makes You Happy,’” Sheryl explains to Rachel Ray on her The Rachel Ray Show of her cookbook coming out next March. “My sister thought it should be called, If It Makes You Healthy, Why the Hell Are You So Fat? but we dropped that part off!”

After Sheryl was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago she became interesting in cooking.

“I learned a lot about nutrition because I wanted to be proactive in my cancer treatment and part of that meant for me, aside from getting the Western treatment which was a lumpectomy and radiation, was to know more about what I put into my body,” she explains. “All the vitamins and supplements that we take, the best way to get those vitamins and minerals are through food, through the actual food itself, as opposed to supplements. Supplements are great and everything but everything that we need is in the most colorful vegetables we eat.”

While we’re sure Sheryl will be successful with her cookbook she’s still got her music fans which she treated with a performance on the show!

Source: OK Magazine

 


[VIDEO] POINT BREAK MUSIC VIDEO - "HUNDREDS OF TEARS"

I made this yesterday, and I'm actually quite pleased with it. Love this song.


[NEWS] SHERYL TO PERFORM ON "THE SING-OFF"

NBC's The Sing-Off to Feature Neil Diamond, Ben Folds, Nick Lachey, Nicole Scherzinger, et al.

NBC will launch the second season of its a cappella singing competition, The Sing-Off on Monday, December 6.

The series will be hosted by Nick Lachey, and the season's judges will be Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, and Nicole Scherzinger. A total of 10 groups will compete for the top prize.

According to TVGuide.com, singers Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles and Neil Diamond will perform on the December 20 finale, along with Lachey, Folds, Stockman, and Schrerzinger.

Source: www.theatermania.com

Official website: http://www.nbc.com/sing-off/

.Monday December 6, 2010

[PIX] 33TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONOR - RED CARPET - DECEMBER 5

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.Sunday December 5, 2010

[PIX] ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION - BENEFIT CONCERT - DECEMBER 4, NYC

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(Thanks a lot Janet!)

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[NEWS] MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL AND SHERYL CROW JOIN FORCES

Sun Dec 5 2010 11:16:54

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sheryl Crow have united to help to expose human rights violations in the world, via video and digital media.

Witness is currently in its sixth year, and this year the organisation's gala was hosted by the British rock musician Peter Gabriel.

Gyllenhaal described how the use of video images can change the way people think:

"I was 8 or 9 years old when I saw Tiananmen Square. That man standing in front of that tank and risking his life for something he believed in. I had never seen anything like that before. It changed my life.

"Right now anyone can just pick up a camera and record something and put it online. And everyone will see it."

Nine time Grammy winner, Sheryl Crow, performed at the event but believes there are some disadvantages to using digital media to reach the masses: "I think that there are great things about it, and I think that there are dangerous things about it. I think the amount of misinformation that goes around is probably as prevalent as the amount of correct information.

"You just hope that people will use their ability to discern what's reality and what's untruth and what's truth."

Source: ITN


[INTERVIEW] SWISSCOM - SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 2010


[LIVE REVIEW] HAMMERSMITH APOLLO, LONDON - OCTOBER 13

Sheryl Crow Proves Age Doesn’t Matter

By Sarah Frankel

Sheryl Crow is a mere two years away from hitting the dreaded age of 50 but with Hammersmith Apollo sold out and the room boasting a large amount of middle aged men she is still every bit a rock goddess.

The nine-time Grammy award winner has already played at Manchester and Glasgow and tonight is her first performance in London this month.

Sheryl Crow is surrounded by a remarkable eight-piece funk/soul band, including a greedy set of two drummers and drum kits. At first glance it looks like there hasn’t been much thought and effort put into the set of the stage, however once the show gets started it is clear that all the money has gone towards the lights. They show an impressive range of colours and special effects that certainly make up for stage setting.

The set starts off with Our Love Is Fading taken from Crow’s latest album 100 Miles from Memphis which boasts a fabulous funky feeling that gets the crowd started. It demonstrates the new direction Crow is taking, leaning more towards her hometown roots of funk, blues and soul music and away from commercial pop and rock ‘n’ roll songs.

The majority of the crowd have obviously all listened to Crow’s most recent work on repeat as they seem to be able to sing along to every song with no trouble, however those expecting her to do an assortment of her greatest hits are not left disappointed. If It Makes You Happy and Soak Up The Sun are on the setlist and make the crowd go crazy with excitement as they try to catch their breath from dancing and singing at the same time.

The Missouri born singer-songwriter managed to collaborate with some fantastic artists, like Keith Richards on Eye To Eye which offers an unusual reggae side of Crow.

The former Michael Jackson backing singer shows that despite her age and past of battling breast cancer she still likes to boogie when performing a live show. This was perhaps the only downside to her return to the UK. Her dancing definitely put off her talent and made her seem like the embarrassing older woman in a club grinding on her own, maybe not something appropriate for a mother of two young children.

During the 90 minute set Crow has shown that she prefers to keep the crowd dancing on their feet as she rarely performs any ballads. She does however play Strong Enough and a cover of Citizen Cope’s Sideways on a grand piano.

Sheryl Crow ends the night with an encore, including a medley of All I Wanna Do and Marvin Gaye’s Gotta Give It Up. She also sings in her cover of I Want You Back which on its own may not have a lasting memory but the show as a whole proves that no matter how old Sheryl Crow is she will still be a rock ‘n’ roll star.

Source: http://stopchildrenwhatsthatsound.blogspot.com


.Friday December 3, 2010

[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW, PETER GABRIEL, JIMMY CLIFF "FOCUS FOR CHANGE" BENEFIT


[VIDEO] TODAY SHOW - SC WITH KATHY LEE

 


[PIX] 6TH ANNUAL FOCUS FOR CHANGE - RED CARPET AND CONCERT

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.Thursday December 2, 2010

[VIDEO] THE VIEW - INTERVIEW

(for Ronnie ;-)


[NEWS] CUTE SCREENSHOTS FROM THE VIEW

(thanks Janet)


[NEWS] Southeast's Kennett Campus celebrates 10 years of success in higher education

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Lecia Forester , Daily Dunklin Democrat

In spite of the weather, residents of the community came to celebrate with alumni, community leaders and the faculty and staff of Southeast Missouri State University on Monday night.

The Kennett campus is currently celebrating its 10th year anniversary. In honor of this occasion, many members of the community donated items to be auctioned off during the silent auction event that took place during the celebration. In addition to the silent auction, there was a reception room decorated with balloons and a cake to honor the alumni of the University. Here graduates and well wishers gathered to visit, partake of refreshments and remember times gone by. They also reflected upon this 10 year anniversary.

Alumni David Bradshaw said, "I'm proud of the turnout tonight and the amount of people that showed up and would like to congratulate the center on its service to the community."

Graduate and local elementary teacher Adrienne Raspberry added, "I'm just excited about the turnout. I think the turnout is great. I'm glad everybody's here to celebrate this great event."

As Marsha Blanchard, director of Southeast Missouri State University at Kennett, has said, "The focus of the event was designed to honor alumni since the campus is about one thing, its students."

In another room at the University, the campus bookstore from the University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., was set up and doing brisk business. Items for sale ranged from T-shirts to travel mugs.

Everywhere you looked, there was a crowd as members of the community celebrated the University's local success.

The brief program gave six keynote speakers a chance to voice what their thoughts were on the University and the alumni.

Blanchard was the first to speak as she welcomed everyone on coming out on such a "beautiful night" to celebrate 10 years of servicing Kennett. She said, "I can't believe it's been 10 years. You know how I know? When I go out into the community and I look around different places and I see our graduates.

She added, "We have a lot of professional graduates that are working in our community these days. The story of Southeast Missouri State University Kennett is about one thing, the students. We have a lot of students here tonight and we have a lot of graduates here tonight. It's an amazing story and we should all be proud of what has happened for our campus here in Kennett. I know I am. So, tonight we celebrate a decade of higher education opportunities in the Southern Bootheel."

After she finished speaking, Blanchard introduced Bill Holland, vice-president for University Advancement and executive director of the Foundation at Southeast Missouri State University.

He told the audience, "One of the great pleasures of my job is you get to meet wonderful people." He added that he had a lot of fun coming down in the summer to help the Kennett branch plan for this upcoming event. However, according to Holland, there was one time when he missed a meeting. Holland then told the audience in a light-hearted matter that the meeting he missed was where they set the agenda and that was why he was speaking that night. He noted that you should never " miss one of Marsha's meetings."

Additionally, he said, "We're very pleased to be here tonight because of the 70,000 alums throughout the world that are alumni of Southeast Missouri State University, we're very proud of those who reside in Southeast Missouri but more importantly here in Kennett."

He noted that one third of the University's alumni live in Southeast Missouri and about 1000 live in the areas around Kennett.

Holland then told the audience, "We challenge alumni to give back, give back to the students. Be a mentor, try to help someone and give somebody a hand up as opposed to a handout."

Before Holland left the podium, he introduced the next speaker, a recent graduate of the University, Kim Short who is now employed as a teacher at South Elementary School in Kennett.

As she began her talk on behalf of the alumni, Short said that she would like to thank the City of Kennett who had a vision for higher education in our community. She noted that the City Council and former Mayor Charles Brown played a pivotal role in making this a reality by making it possible to purchase the building Semo now is housed in.

Short added, "We would like to express a big thank you to all of the surrounding communities who supported this wonderful facility throughout the last 10 years. Without the students and resources from other communities our facility would not be what it is today. She noted that a big thank you is due to Southeast Missouri State University for its willingness to extend themselves and make this vision possible for the Bootheel."

Next to speak was Kenneth Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. He told the gathering, "On behalf of the Board of Regents, faculty and staff but mostly on behalf of the students, I want to thank you for your support," adding, "It took everybody here and many who are not here to ensure that the Kennett Regional Campus actually was built and is still thriving."

Dobbins talk only lasted for a few minutes before he introduced Sheryl Crow, Kennett native and Grammy award-winning artist to the audience. He described her as being supportive, free-spirited and one who encourages others to "follow your dreams."

Crow was greeted with warm applause as she stepped up to the podium.

She first spoke of what a pleasure it was to be here and then told of how she used to shop in that very same building when it was Kroger. That drew much laughter from the crowd.

She said, "The real story of success is the students who are walking throughout the hall." She then added, "One of the things about Kennett I love so much and what I see as I travel across the United States on tour buses is the real heart and soul of this country is community."

She then related a story of a friend who is a teacher who said if you want to know what America looks like, walk into a classroom.

She then added, "I believe creativity and a feeling of belonging and a sense of support will speak volumes about the future of what this country looks like and it begins right here, in our own community, our churches and our schools and in our ability to lift each other up."

Additionally, she noted that it's wonderful that people who cannot leave the community can still fulfill a dream, saying that it is also good for the community.

After Crow finished speaking, Doyle Privett, Board of Regents member at Southeast Missouri State University, spoke of the great support she has shown the Center, the University and the City of Kennett.

He added, "We're proud of the support the community gives us and the support Southeast gives us."

Privett noted that all proceeds from the fundraiser would be going toward the electronic sign and it should be up in the next few months.

Before closing, he informed supporters of the University that Ken-Mo Agri Center and White Oak Gin Company have donated funds to begin an Agri degree scholarship at the Center.

In his closing remarks he said, "We're so grateful for your support and we are so thankful for you all."

After the program ended, bidding continued for a short time during the silent Auction then Pat Sharp, instructor of Political Science at the University, brought it to a close. Results were to be tallied by the end of the night.

According to Sharp, over 100 items were donated to the University in addition to the cash donations received.

The results from the two items that were to be auctioned off on E-bay, the Fender Telecaster guitar and the Steuban Crystal Ram's Head Covered Candy Dish, won't be known for a few days. Bidding will end on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.

According to Sharp, the silent Auction went well and she was very pleased with the turnout from members of the community, coming out to show their support. She also acknowledged Crow and expressed her appreciation for the artist coming to the University and lending her support.

Among those in the community who were 2010 campaign donors include the following: Andy's Creations, Honorable and Mrs. Bob Barney, Barton's, Bernard Insurance, Marsha Blanchard, Body Mechanics, Bonnie, The Jewelry Lady, Doug Boyd, Carter Farms, Jerry Paul and Anetha Combs, Paul T. Combs/Baker Implement Company, Sheryl Crow, Cuff and McCormick's Steak House, John and Marianne Dalton, Dollins' Clothing, Farmers Union Gin, Pat Ferrell, Garden Sanctuary, Lisa Green, Harris Pharmacy, Inc., Hayden Pharmacy, James Hilfiker, Max Hilfiker, Bob and Judy Holder, Matthew Howard, Mary Lynn Jones-Wright, Ken-Mo Agriculture Center/White Oak Gin-Scholarship, Kennett Number 39 Educational Foundation, Kennett National Bank, Lady Luck Casino, Laura's Beauty Shop, Kenny and Teresa Lee, Carlene Lockett, Loxcreen, Ada McHaney, Dr. and Mrs, Tim McPherson, Bill and Christy Mercer, Mitchell's Healthmart, Mo-Ark Communication, Momsgingerbread.com, Sarah Jo Morgan, C.P.A., Dennis Nail, National Laundry and Cleaners, Parker Hannifin, Peach Orchard Gin, Mika Pellham, Carol Pelts, Jim and Barbie Pemberton, Pepsi MidAmerica-Kennett, Petticoat Junction, Pollack Broadcasting, KTMO/KBOA/KCRV/KGLU, KMIS, Primary Eye Care Associates, Doyle and Bonnie Privett, Quentin and Glenda Raspberry, Riggs Supply Company, Elden Selves, Honorable Stephen and Patt Sharp, Jack and Kim Short, Elizabeth Simcoke Family, Stephen and Freddi Sokoloff, Larry and Nancy Swindle, TAJO Farms, Terry Turlington, Janet Wallace, WalMart, Wayne Chiropractic, Lisa Webb, Mayor Roger Wheeler, Sr.,Mark and Jane Oakley, and Paul and Marilyn Burleson.

Blanchard said of the event, "The turnout has been fantastic. The silent Auction has been going well. The people are bidding a lot. They've always been very generous to the community and we're very thankful for that. It truly does make all the difference. People continue to be supportive. It's what we need, we need higher education and opportunities for the citizens of the Southern Bootheel."

The celebration lasted a little over two hours but it will remain in the memory of those that were there. A memory of how a community can unite and accomplish great things.

At last report, Blanchard said the University made about $3,000 from the silent auction with additional donations being made. The cut-off time for the auction is 12 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
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[VIDEO] LONG ROAD HOME - THE VIEW, DECEMBER 1


[NEWS] THE VIEW: SHERYL CROW ON SUSAN BOYLE: "MY HEART WENT OUT TO HER"

By Connie Ann Kirk
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'The View': Sheryl Crow on Susan Boyle, 'my heart went out to her' -- Appearing on The View, singer Sheryl Crow spoke about Susan Boyle who performed on the same Christmas special the night before. During the day, Ms. Boyle had trouble with her voice in her live appearance on The View.

"My heart went out to her when I saw that," Sheryl Crow said. "I had that happen to me on David Letterman."

She told a story of years ago she opened her mouth to sing in the chilly Ed Sullivan theatre where The Late Show with David Letterman is taped and, after one line, "nothing came out." She managed to scratch out the whole song, "in and out," but she said it was horrible. After it was over, David Letterman came over and said, "Well, you really gave it a good try."

Then, they redid the song and taped it. The song came out perfectly that time, she said, and was aired on the broadcast that way. Unfortunately, it was edited in before Mr. Letterman's comment about giving it a good try, so it made it look like he hated the song.

Earlier in the show, Whoopi Goldberg extended an invitation to Susan Boyle to come back to The View any time.

After her interview, Sheryl Crow performed her latest single, "The Long Road Home."

Sheryl Crow's latest CD is 100 Miles from Memphis.

.Wednesday December 1, 2010

[PIX] CRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER - NOVEMBER 30

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[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW & THE THIEVES - "BLUE XMAS" AND "LONG ROAD HOME"

Christmas in Rockefeller Center, NYC - November 30

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