Sheryl Crow: Remembering Her Bootheel Roots

APRIL 26, 2004 - Posted at 7:31 a.m. CDT

KENNETT, MO - Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow left her in hometown in Missouri's Bootheel years ago, but she still returns to Kennett for regular visits.

Kennett has also benefitted from her success.  The nine-time Grammy winner has given benefit concerts, funded scholarships, donated clothes for charity and pledged funds to build a new swimming pool.

Her mother, Bernice, says her daughter wrestles with whether to reveal her financial involvement in the community.

Crow says she thinks many high-profile people give back.  But even Missouri's governor has singled out Crow's efforts to help her hometown community.

Crow got her start in Los Angeles doing a Toyota jingle in the late 1980s, but her big break came when she was selected as a backup singer for Michael Jackson's "Bad" tour.

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