While raising two young girls as a single mom and training as a medical assistant, her love for music and singing drew her to the guitar in her mid twenties. In the coastal communities of the Bay Area, Cher, as she was called at the time, started her professional singing career as a folk singer soloist. Other local groups sought after her talents. The bluegrass group â€œSunny Mondayâ€ was built around her natural country style vocals and rhythm guitar. The group played widely around the Bay Area and even hit the radio live from the â€œOrphanage,â€ a local San Francisco club.
In the mid 70's, Cheryll returned to her roots in the Sierra Foothills, where she took her music to the local venues. Again her vocal talents were sought after for various solos and duos. She joined with other talent in a folk/pop style band Windstrum Mountain Symphony for a year and then a rebirthed Sunny Monday as a mellow country/folk four piece. Sunny Monday â€œmorphedâ€ into a five-piece country â€œoutlawâ€ style band (before outlaw country came into vogue) playing the state/county fair circuit as well as local clubs from Lake Tahoe, and the foothills, to Sacramento and the Bay Area.
Her singing style was inspired by the music of Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Crystal Gayle as well as Willie Nelson, the Eagles, Loggins and Messina, and Hank Williams.
In the late 70's early 80's, Cheryll remarried, brought three more beautiful girls into the world, and experienced a spiritual awakening which changed the direction of her life and music.
At a country church in the Sierra foothills, the church of her youth, she started singing and playing with a new purpose; to share the truth and love of God. Within a year Cheryll and the Echo of Light band were traveling northern California churches, rodeo chapel services, and other Christian venues. Built around Cheryll's vocals, this five piece had the unusual instrumental combination of rhythm and lead guitar, bass, flute, piano, and trombone. The group recorded a well-received album â€œDusty Roadâ€ which consisted of originals, standards and contemporary Christian music.
A job change relocated the family to the redwood coast of northern California. Her music focused in the local church and at home until the mid 80's when the family moved back to the Sacramento area.
Cheryll attracted other local quality musicians and performed as the KGB (Kent Gospel Band) around the area. KGB was known for its tight harmonies and a country gospel sound.
In the mid 90's she collaborated with two other excellent female vocalists as Threefold Chord on a Christmas project â€œHeirlooms.â€ This album featured custom holiday season music with tight harmonies.
Cheryll's latest project conceived as an idea in 1994. On a return airline flight from the East Coast funeral of her beloved father-in-law, PopPop, she was inspired with the words and music to the title track â€œMama Loves the Old Hymns.â€ The album takes one back to a simpler time, of beautiful and moving church hymns. The arrangements, guitar and cover art, come from the very talented Kent Peterson (kentsmurals.com). The gifted and recorded musician Manuel Luz (manuelluz.com), previously of Vespers, performed on the keyboards.
Cheryll has many aspirations for future projects and looks forward to seeing even more of her dreams come to reality. Look for several upcoming projects over the next few years.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Mama Loves the Old Hymms
2. Blessed Assurance
3. The Solid Rock medley
4. Supper Time
5. Sweet Hour of Prayer medley
6. Lead Me to Calvary
7. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
8. He grew the Tree
9. Nothing But the
10. I Surrender All
11. 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
12. Because He Lives medley