Traditional Country & Swing Originals delivered on a billow of sultry, jazz-infused smoke.
Meet the singing, songwriting, cigar smoking, pink pinup whose heart & swingin’ hips belong to fiddle & steel, sultry horns & the gentle sway of the palm trees. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks in a sleepy town in the California desert, this Samoan cactus flower writes about life with wit, grit & honesty. She’s out to prove that good music is timeless and tradition is relevant...
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Cheryl Deserée's earliest memories include singing; whether with family, in school chorus, church or alone in her room, she would rather sing than do most anything else. However, it wasn't until 2012 that she began performing regularly in public, first by singing harmony in Baltimore based folk rock band, House & Home. It was in that band that she met Benjamin Douglas, H&H's lead singer, whose material they were performing. Cheryl Deserée soon realized she had stories of her own that needed to be told, and, together with Ben, began honing her songwriting skills. Ben's melodies to Cheryl's words, that was their magic, and it can be heard on several tracks of her critically acclaimed debut album. Ben & Cheryl both moved to Nashville soon after, and, despite moving on in separate directions musically, they remain dear friends.
Cheryl Deserée has not sat down since moving to Nashville in the fall of 2014. She works commercially doing harmony and demo work an has recorded in prestigious studios such as Ocean Way & Blackbird. She has recorded with The Mavericks, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Diamante Gallina, Rachael Hester, and more. She and her band, The Sugar Moon Swingers, perform regularly in and around Nashville. She is currently writing her sophomore album, "Dreamy Two", tentatively set for release in Spring of 2018. This new project will feature a western take on the Louis Prima/Keely Smith classic jump blues, "Oooh-dah-dilly-dah" sung with aforementioned hero, Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. It will also boast an original western song co-written by Ranger Doug of The Riders In The Sky. The Riders In The Sky will appear on "Dreamy Two" as well.
Cheryl Deserée’s influences span a wide range; from the jazz & swing stylings of Cole Porter, Django Reinhardt & The Mills Brothers to the hard shuffling honky tonk of Ray Price, Merle Haggard & Buck Owens, the Western Swing of Bob Wills & The Time Jumpers & Asleep at the Wheel, country greats- Merle Travis, Jimmie Rodgers, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Lee Ann Womack, the west coast ska of No Doubt & Sublime, crooners like k.d. lang, Raul Malo, Ella Fitzgerald, Keely Smith, Diana Krall & Harry Connick, Jr., and the pulsating Latin rhythms that permeated her Southern California upbringing- Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Buena Vista Social Club, Linda Ronstandt's & Gloria Estefan's Latin albums, the sultry sambas of Jobim & genre-defying band The Mavericks.
A few of her favorite things...
4 letter Words: dude, wine, cake, f***
Vices: Burgers. Wine. Cigars. Shoes.
Spirit Animals: 80's Ninja Turtles & Dolly Parton