Traditional Country & Swing Originals delivered on a billow of sultry, jazz-infused smoke.
2017 Academy of Western Artists' Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year!
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...
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 when she began singing harmony in the Baltimore based folk-rock band, House & Home. She soon realized she had stories of her own that needed to be told, and, together with Ben Douglas, leader of House & Home, she began honing her songwriting skills. Ben's melodies to Her words, that was their magic, and it can be heard on several tracks of her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album. Despite moving down different musical paths when they moved to Nashville, Ben & Cheryl remain dear friends.
She has not sat down since moving to Nashville in the fall of 2014. She works commercially doing harmony and demo work and has recorded in prestigious studios such as Ocean Way, Slack Key, & Blackbird. She has recorded with The Mavericks and Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel. She has co-written with Dale Watson & Ranger Doug Green.
Together with her band her band, The Sugar Moon Swingers, she performs regularly in and around Nashville.
Her 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, Jimmy Wakely, The Time Jumpers & Asleep at the Wheel, to 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.