Cheri has found her niche, calling it "Jazzin' the Spirit"! Classic songs such as Get Happy, Fly Me To The Moon, and Nature Boy, combined with Cheri’s musings about life are how she enlightens her audience, leaving them with warm memories long after the show is over!
Recently moving to the Bay Area from southern California, Cheri hit the street running, performing at venues such as The Rrazz Room, Yoshi’s, 57th Street Art Gallery, and Trader Vic’s. She hires an all-Female Combo to perform with and together they are rocking the Bay Area!
Her sound has been described as silky smooth and is comparable to Sarah Vaughn or Phyllis Hyman. Her style brings to mind Nancy Wilson. Cheri blends all of it adding her own, unique touch to every song she sings.
Having experience in various groups as Front Artist, she has opened for such icons as Nancy Wilson, Maxi Priest, Phil Perry, and E.W.F. She has also performed with Benny Maupin of "Head Hunters" fame, and has jammed with Roy Ayers. Cheri’s performances have taken her nation-wide!
Songs from her latest cd, “Notes From Cheri” combine Cheri’s originals and Jazz standards that are played on KKUP, KPOO, KPFA, and KWMR radio, along with iTunes, Amazon, and cdBaby.
Cheri has been interviewed by DJ Marilyn Fowler of KPOO Radio, Afryka Jamal Davys of KKUP radio, and by Grey Shepherd of KWMR Radio. She has been recognized in the Mercury News Pop Culture Classics as a “feel good” Jazz Vocal Stylist by Reporter, Paul Freeman.
Websites or Social Media Pages:
iTunes.com, Spotify.com, cdbaby.com, facebook, linkedin,
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
The musical genre that best describes my music is inspirational contemporary jazz. My sound is easy listening and jazzy at the same time.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name was given to me as a nickname by my Mom because she said I was red when I was born so she named me Cheri. The “Note” I added because of my love for singing and music.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My musical influences have been Sarah Vaughn, Phyllis Hyman, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and Al Jarreau.
These Artists represent the soulfulness I feel when I sing, from the lyrics to the melody, to the music backing them up. It all feels good and that is what I desire to do with my listeners, make them feel good with my music.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I’m working on a couple of individual songs to pitch to some of the groups I would like to work with. I’m also updating a previously created cd and finally working on selling the current cd I have out.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal in the music industry is spreading my message of love and joy, musically, world-wide. My plan of action is what I am doing with you, promoting my music through radio, performances, website visibility.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track to perform live is Aspire because it encompasses the message, the music, and the style I represent.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The biggest challenge in my career thus far has been working and creating my music full time. It’s a dance of working, performing, creating and paying the bills on time!
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My typical songwriting process is hearing a hook or a line and writing it or recording it to add to the song as more lyrics or music come to me. I then put all the pieces together to fit into a song. It may take a day, a month, or a year!
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media has been a tool for marketing my business to a degree. I have had more impact performing live.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
India Arie, I Am Light - Frankie Beverly and Maze, Golden Time of Day - Phyllis Hyman, Remember Who You Are.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
What I did before making music was perform in Choirs, Bands, and as a Solo Artist, while in junior high, high school, and college.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
The advice I can think of now is surround yourself with people who believe in what you are doing. Get a Mentor who is willing to give sound advice. Have a sound relationship with a Higher Source!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
What I would change in the music industry is support of originality not the bottom line, which has lead to “clones” in the industry.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I LOVE originality!
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Yes! Notes From Cheri, my current cd is on sale for the holidays at half price. This cd has been said to be very inspiring and soothing. Perhaps a loved one would benefit from it!