Sweet Cherie is one of
the most dynamic young artists to emerge on the music scene. This native
Washingtonian has spent the past decade performing across the US and
abroad. She began to play the piano at the age of five, and classically
trained by the late Mamie Ronca. She also attended the Duke Ellington
School of the Arts under the direction of Saxophonist, Davey Yarborough.
During her attendance at the prestigious high school, she competed in
several piano and violin competitions. Michael Patterson, Barbara Durost,
Ruth Norman, Hilton Felton, Atrius Flemming, Kim Tucker and Ramona
Matthews were her instructors.
Upon graduation, Cherie was crowned Miss D.C. National Teenager (sponsored
by Wynton Marsalis) and received a two-year scholarship to Oklahoma City
University. She also attended Virginia Commonwealth University and
graduated cum laude at Howard University, receiving her BA in Jazz
Studies, under the tutelage of Bob Hallihan and Geri Allen.
In 1995, Cherie was honored to perform for former President Bill
Clinton's birthday celebration with Patti Labelle at the Sumner Wells
Estate. Since then, she has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Short,
Lena Horne, Heads Up recording artists, Pieces of a Dream, Prince,
Angela Bofill, Phil Perry, Maysa Leak, Chuck Brown, Jean Carne, George
Duke, Ben E. King, Gene Chandler, Nenna Freelon, Irene Cara, Clark
Terry, The Miracles, The Delphonics, Lloyd Price, Gerald Veasley, Najee,
Ronnie Jordan, Richard Smallwood, Jeff Majors, Tanya Blount, Maiesha and
the Hiphuggers, Pure Soul, EU, Bobbi Humphries, Speech, Omar Hakim, A
Taste of Honey, Anita Ward, Maxine Nightingale, Thelma Houston, Sound
Connection, Fishbelly Black, Lil' Benny, Eddie Anderson, Pamela
Williams, female jazz quartet Lavender Rain, female R&B/Hiphop band,
Honey Brown, Chic, Nile Rodgers, Vesta, Tony Terry, Regina Belle,
Allyson Williams, Brian Lenair, Miles Jaye, Patti Labelle, Sir Elton
John, and Stephanie Mills, and LadyRhythm.
Cherie was also nominated for 2001, 2002 & 2003's "Best Instrumentalist"
and "Best Vocalist" in 2001 in the Go-Go category at the Washington Area
Music Association's (WAMA) awards, The Wammies.
Cherie's endorsements include Korg and SKB Cases. Her memberships
include, ASCAP, NARAS, WAMA and the Washington, D.C. Federation of
Cherie's interests include jogging, swimming, taekwando, sewing, cooking