Sheryl Crow is going country now, but she still has fond memories of her date with James Bond.
The nine-time Grammy winner behind such hits as "All I Wanna Do," "If It Makes You Happy" and "Soak Up the Sun" performed the title song for 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies," Pierce Brosnan's second of four turns as Agent 007. The series has produced an Oscar-winning tune since in Adele's "Skyfall," and Crow remains happy with her place in the franchise's history.
"I loved being a part of that," she tells Zap2it. "The unfortunate thing was that we had just released [the song] 'Strong Enough,' and they opted to promote that here as opposed to the James Bond thing.
"But the James Bond thing was bigger in Europe," Crow adds. "I'm bummed that we didn't get the opportunity to play it (in concert) here, because it's so dramatic and such a fun piece. We played it at Wembley Stadium in London when we were over there, with strings and everything, and it was kind of every girl's dream."
In a summer that's seeing her do considerable touring, Crow will be among the stars of the annual ABC special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" Monday, Aug. 12. It's an appropriate spot since her first country album -- "Feels Like Home," which already has yielded the single "Easy" -- is set for a September release.
As new Bond title songs emerge, Crow claims she doesn't stack "Tomorrow Never Dies" up against them.
"Every song brings with it the artist who's a part of it," she reasons. "It's such a cool tradition, I'm thrilled that I get to be a part of the legacy. Some of the songs are great, some of them aren't so great, but it's still a cool thing to be a part of."
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