Mom-of-two Sheryl Crow says she is much less selfish since adopting her two boys – 3-year-old Wyatt and 5-month-old Levi – and that she now puts the needs of her children above everything else.
“Kids change your life – period,” says the 48-year-old songstress. “The first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing you think of at night is them, and every decision that you make in between is dictated by their welfare.”
Sheryl, whose boys accompany her as she travels, says the tour experience has definitely changed since welcoming her sons:
My tour bus now is a family bus. I’ve got both my kids and everything that they count on to keep their lives normal on there, whereas before my life was much more me-centric.
The Soak Up the Sun singer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, also says that her outlook on her career and her fans was affected by her illness: “Before I was diagnosed, I was very particular about not seeing the audience. I wanted the audience to be pretty dark,” she explains. “So there wasn’t the distraction of making eye contact. Now I have to see people, I have to make that connection.”
“That’s what the experience is about,” she continues. “I find that the connection now with people is deep. Everybody is looking for a connection. It’s what coming into a room with a bunch of strangers is about, to hear music and be moved. It started to feel much more like a celebration for me.”