"I can't say that the music industry... is one that nurtures artistry. It doesn't," she says. Before her Grammy Award-winning career finally took off in 1993, Crow spent years as a back-up singer and songwriter for hit-makers while shopping her own material to record labels. "[The industry] works against artistry. It doesn't create a comfort zone... doesn't ask you to be creative…[or] original," she says. "It asks you to fit into a format that people can make money off," says Crow.
Just nominated for five Grammys, Crow definitely fits the format. Her albums have sold 20 million copies, but accompanying that success is a reputation for being driven – a loaded label, says Crow.
"I think that the negative connotations associated with 'driven' and 'perfectionist' usually get put into that category of 'bitch' and I think that's just by nature of the fact that you have a woman who's at the head of a company, telling a bunch of both men and women how things have to be done," she says.
"My definition of 'driven?' It's been the pressure I put on myself. I bring people into that fold, ask them to give of themselves. You don't get there by just having a great time. You get there by digging deep," she says.