Why Singer Sheryl Crow Moved to Nashville from LA: ‘Asked God’ for ‘Answers’
By Movieguide® Contributor
Musician Sheryl Crow recently opened up about how her move from Los Angeles to Nashville “saved” her.
She empathized with fans facing challenges at a recent performance at the Sea.Hear.Now music festival in New Jersey.
“I know how hard it is for especially young people—and I don’t know if anybody was pained by struggles like I did when I was young—but these are some tricky waters to navigate now,” Crow expressed.
“I’ll just tell you that, for me, getting out in nature really saved my life,” she told the audience.
“So, I moved to Nashville, and I bought a farm,” the Missouri native continued. “I sat in the trees and just asked God to give me some answers — and I wound up writing this song.”
She then played her song, called “Cross Creek Road.”
Crow has lived in Nashville since 2003 and believes it is the best place to raise her two adopted sons, Wyatt and Levi.
“It’s great to have my kids grow up with the mentality that they live in a community, they owe their good fortune to helping other people, there are no paparazzi there,” she said.
“I completely relate to Nashville because I have a lot of friends there who are also in the music business,” she told Rolling Stone. “But not only that, I just relate to the people. I relate to the friendliness and down-homeness. I feel a relaxation that comes over my body that I usually don’t feel when I’m in New York or L.A.”
After making the move, Crow learned she had breast cancer in 2006, which was successfully removed through surgery.
“Surviving breast cancer redefined who and how I am, although I’m not sure I’d recommend it,” she told The Guardian. “Until then, I’d spent a lifetime being a caretaker for everyone around me. From then, I started to put myself first. I had voices at the back of my head telling me whatever I did wasn’t good enough. Now, finally, I’ve silenced them.”