Sherry Lynn - Country Singer - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(Philadelphia, PA, USA)
My mother really loved country music,” Sherry recalls, “she brought home a copy of the Coal Miner’s Daughter movie, and I fell in love with Loretta Lynn. I watched that movie so many times I think I broke the tape. When I was little, I decided to be just like Loretta.”
Sherry’s come a long way toward achieving that goal. Ted Hewitt, the studio wizard who produced Rodney Atkins’ recent string of hits, was so impressed by Sherry’s strong, urgent voice and polished stage presence, that he produced her first album, It’s A Woman Thing, in 2008. Now he’s busy completing her follow-up album, So Much More, which will be in record stores and on the internet this summer.
Sherry grew up in Clayton, New Jersey. “A one stoplight small town about 25 minutes from Philadelphia,” she says. “You could walk everywhere, and everybody knew everybody else.” Reluctant in high school to parade her talent, Sherry acted in plays, sang in the chorus, but would never try out for lead singer because “I was nervous, everything I did musically was in a group.”
After school, she started going with her friends to karaoke bars. “They pushed me to get up and sing. I was nervous, but one night I decided, I’m just going to get up and do it.” Sherry performed, “How Do I Live,” the song made famous by two of the strongest, most distinctive vocalists in country music, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood. “Afterward, when people started clapping,” she remembers, “I thought, well that wasn’t so bad.” Becoming popular with the karaoke crowd, Sherry’s friends and newly cultivated fans pleaded for her to record particular songs so they could play her versions in their cars. Sherry wasn’t sure it was something she should do so she started looking into the laws about singing other people’s songs. Sherry was convinced that if she was going to pursue a career in music she needed to learn how the music business operates. In due course, she discovered online songwriting sites and was soon collaborating online with other songwriters. One of these, a Florida composer named Eden Langworthy, had Nashville contacts he offered to share with her. “You’ve got to go to Nashville,” he insisted. “So
I took some music I’d recorded to Nashville,” says Sherry, “and Eden introduced me to Ted Hewitt.” Another break came when a promoter for the Broadway Theater in Pitman, New Jersey invited Sherry to pen there for Sammy Kershaw. She agreed instantly, then realized she had never actually sung live with a band. She flew to Nashville, recruited some session players, then brought them to New Jersey for the show. It may have been a loss financially, but it gave her the experience and stature to open shows later for the likes of Gene Watson, B. J. Thomas and, best of all, Crystal Gayle, Sherry’s idol’s sister. “Crystal Gayle is the most amazing person I’ve ever met,” she says. “After the show, she and her husband stuck around, we talked and took pictures. She was so down-to-earth, so real. They had TV monitors downstairs where she sat and actually watched my performance.”
Sherry is currently preparing her Spring and Summer schedule of performances and tour of country radio station across the US. Sherry has already opened shows for a wide variety of country stars including Loretta’s kid sister, Crystal Gayle, who joins her for a duet on her new album. She is looking forward to sharing the stage with other established artists this year. Sherry say’s “it is an honor to be able to open for such amazing stars however the highlight of my career to date was when I got a last-minute call to sing the National Anthem at Citizen’s Bank Park for the New York Mets-Philadelphia Phillies game. It was a sellout crowd of more than 45,000, the most I’ve had the opportunity to sing for and Tim McGraw was on hand to throw out the first pitch.” In her words “the one thing that would top that feeling is singing on the Grand Ole Opry which has been my lifelong dream."
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