Born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, Cherokee knew from a very early age that music was a part of every fiber of her being. With a natural affinity for creating and playing music, she began writing poetry and implementing melodies at the early age of 10. And by the age of 13 – aided by a very patient mother who allowed the kids to play loud music in the house – Cherokee had formed her first band, which played a lot of R&B and soul music. By 16 years of age she did a duet and was signed to Morgan Creek Records. But, it certainly didn’t stop there.
Always wanting to take her love of music to the next level, Cherokee moved to Los Angeles where she signed on with manager Herb Trawick, who also managed Brian McKnight at the time. He took his artist to RCA in 1999 and landed a production deal. Cherokee was truly on her way to stardom.
Shortly thereafter, her debut album “I Love You…Me” hit the mass market and she was performing on hit shows such as “Soul Train” and “Motown Live.” The mainstream media took notice and she was featured in Rolling Stone, Jet, Vogue, Esquire, Billboard, the New York Times and many other enormous media outlets. She was also featured in a large ad campaign for the popular clothing outlet the Gap, which saw her plastered on billboards across nearly a dozen states.
Her highly anticipated follow up record, “Soul Parade” had her working with a myriad of industry heavyweights including Outkast, Bilal, Jill Scott, Rasaan Patterson, Anthony Hamilton, Floetry and Musiq. This was going to be the record to catapult her into superstardom.
But, Cherokee was never able to release the album, which featured “Nectarine,” a song she performed with Andre 3000 of Outkast (the video is still on YouTube). Despite the desire of consumers to hear the follow up to “I Love You…Me,” the division of RCA responsible for releasing the album ended up folding. She teamed up with L.A. Reid to complete the project and push the album through Arista Records. But, when that didn’t work out, the completed album was never released.
Growing tired of the music business and the grind that goes along with it, Cherokee decided to take some time off. She married Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Neal Pogue and gave birth to her daughter Dream. She was determined to focus her time on her family and did so for about six years. But of course, she couldn’t put music down forever. She started using social media outlets such as Myspace.com to connect with her audience to get a feel for their interest in a new Cherokee album. What she found was that there was definitely interest. A lot of interest. She delved back into her passion and has been writing and recording demos, as well as playing local venues such as the Temple Bar.
With many urging her to get back into the studio and record her next album, she wants the music world to know that Cherokee is coming back. And soon. Her goal is to push her current EP from 2010! Check out her website and grab some free downloads, follow her on facebook and become a fan!
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