From: TN, United States
Genre: Country, Singer/Songwriter
Raised in the small town of Ypsilanti, MI, outside Detroit. Cheri grew up differently than most 4 year old little girls. She spent countless hours with her Nanny in honky tonks and singing everything from gospel to country music. That’s where it all began…
At the age of 6, she stepped on stage for the first time singing at a family friends bar, Shanes. From there she started singing at her church, appeared in numerous talent contests and when it came time for high school there was no doubt in Cheri’s mind that she wanted to be a country singer/songwriter. In high school Cheri was in the choir, continued to appear in talent contests and sat in with local bands at various clubs in the area even though she was under age. Cheri was determined to make it to Nashville. However, knowing she would need to support herself while pursuing her dream, she went to cosmetology school. After graduation Cheri worked hard as a hairdresser for 2 years, in an effort to save enough money to move to Nashville. In her spare time, Cheri’s dream continued as she would drive back & forth to Nashville sitting inat Barabaras & the Broken Spoke while still appearing in various singing contests back home. Cheri won the Lenawee County Fair Talent show at age 20. At that point, Cheri said "I’m outta here...Nashville here I come"! She packed her bags, loaded up her truck and off to Nashville.
Cheri arrived in Nashville June of 1994 and started to circulate within the Nashville community. Working at a local hair salon, Cheri met country artist D Worley, D Singletary & song writer Brice Long. She eventually became friends with the guys and asked for their professional advice. Of course, Cheri heard what she didn't want to hear....don't give up. With that being said, she continued to pay the bills by cutting hair. Cheri finally cracked the Nashville music community with her first paying gig at Tooties on Broadway in 1996. Since then she has been a favorite and a staple on Broadway. Playing Tooties for the next 3 years, the Stage for 2, Wolfies for a year, and most recently for the last 3 1/2 years the Fiddle & Steel Guitar bar in Printers Alley.
The success she had found on Broadway over the years, lead her close to signing a record deal in 2002 with Sony Music when then President at the time, Alan Butler had her audition for his staff and do showcases at Douglas Corner &Wolfies. However, due to unforeseen circumstances (the Sony Music / BMG merger) the opportunity vanished.
In 2007 Cheri met her now husband, Scott, she started writing with various well known songwriters, long-time friend D Worley invited her to open his annual TN river run, she performed at FanFair, continued to play the Fiddle & Steel on a regular basis. It was evident Cheri was starting to make a name for herself in Nashville. .
Cheri's influences include Gary Stewart, Merle Haggard, KT Oslin, and Lee Ann Womack. Her music is full of style, class and tradition. She is able to pull all of her influences together and come up with her own unique sound. The music is believable and real. Her voice his soft and soothing with a touch of sass which enables her to deliver the music the way it is meant to be heard. She sells it!
Cheri says “I’ve always heard Nashville is a 10 year town...I've paid my dues and my time is now."