Sheryl Crow attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Nov. 7, 2017 in New York City.
Sheryl Crow recently released a new single, “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” featuring St. Vincent, and now she’s announced plans to release her next and final album in 2019.
The full-length album will feature collaborations with musicians like Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and even the late Johnny Cash, as Crow revealed in an interview via Kyle Meredith With… on June 29.
“I’ve got this record in the can that’s going to be coming out next year,” she explained. “It’s a very collaborative record with people I’ve asked to collaborate with me, people I’ve loved and have worked with and who have been heroes of mine foreve.”
“Albums as an art form are a bit of a dying art form. People are more interested in singles,” Crow continued. “I’ve made the decision in my head that the record that comes out next year will be my last full album. I’ll just start putting songs out…to put out really pertinent songs that feel immediate.”
Crow also spoke about working with St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, on “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You.”
“I love Annie. I’m a big fan. I sent her this track and she was like ‘Yes! Let me add it,’ and she just brought all of her brilliance to it and it really, I think, created an edge there that is so synonymous with the meaning of the song. It’s fun to play live and I can’t wait to play it with her,” she gushed. “We’re psyched!”
Crow has been known to cover topics like gun control, opposing war, and saving the environment in her music. This last album, according to Crow, has been inspired by current events and does touch on issues like dishonesty in the media and politics and corruption.
“It’s a luxurious time to be an artist if you want to write about what’s going on. There’s a lot to write about and just this climate of the truth not mattering has really been unnerving to me, especially when you’re raising kids and you’re trying to explain that no matter how painful it is, the truth is the most important thing. It just started with that,” she said. “It started with all these stories swirling around after the President was elected about the idea of how much wealth there is out there and how many people get away with becoming wealthy on the backs of other people and how at the end of the day people are just going to believe what they’re told by the person they support. It’s a very alarming time.”
Crow has also decided that she’ll continue releasing singles on the digital distribution service Stem. The platform streamlines and tracks payments for artist and their collaborators offering a clear, and detailed financial picture including performance data and monthly payments.
Listen to the Sheryl Crow’s full interview on Kyle Meredith With… below.