"There's something liberating about being able to write for grownups."

Sheryl Crow
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When Hoda Kotb asked Sheryl Crow where the joy in her latest album came from during an appearance on Today, the "Soak up the Sun" singer had an unexpected—and inspiring—answer.

"My age!" Crow, 55, answered enthusiastically. While she acknowledged that most people hate getting older, she says she found liberation in recording Be Myself, which she describes as having a more "mature" sound than her previous work.

"There's something liberating about being able to write for grownups," Crow said.

"Like everything on pop radio — which is fantastic — is geared sort of more towards young people," she added. "It's just been liberating for me to be able to write about things that everybody over 30 is talking about. So, it's been wonderful."

In a recent interview with People, Crow suggested that her changed outlook on life to can be largely attributed to adopting her two sons, Levi, 6, and Wyatt, 9, who she welcomed into her family in 2010 and 2007, respectively.

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"That luxury of being able to be creative or inspired at whatever hour of the night I decide to go hang out with friends and drink a beer and write a song, that does not exist anymore. I recorded an album, but only during their school hours," she explained. "It was a good feeling to be home every night for dinner."

Be Myself is scheduled to drop April 21