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passion for making music can thrive so secretly inside us that
we don’t even realize it. The kind of
passion one doesn’t have to practice yet the music grows
on its own, finally insisting to find its outlet. That is just
what happened for Sherry Austin. The stories and songs long
tucked away have emerged fully composed in her first two CDs. She’s
a natural born songwriter and singer with a recently bloomed
music career. Like a rare blossom, admirers find the beautiful
experience of her music well worth the wait.
After playing life’s parts – daughter, student,
friend, wanderer, wife, mother, single parent, loving partner,
guardian of animals, caretaker of the garden – Sherry
got on the road of doing what she most should – playing
music. Her instrument – an exquisite voice filled with
clarity and sweetness, irony and humor, sorrow and joy.
Sherry sang in college – solo, duo and trio – and
gained a deep love of music through studies and influential
teachers, but all the other roles of life took her away from
music. After the twists and turns and sometimes tumult in her
path, the parts of a peaceful life easily fell in place for
Sherry. A puzzle suddenly solved, a destination clearly resolved.
Love found and moved in cozily, daughter grown and on her own
happily, years of care creating a lush landscape, and then
finally the right time was there for Sherry to let her music
take center stage.
So, after twenty years, Sherry reached for her patient guitar
and reached inside the soul and wisdom of her life to create
songs that let her voice shine. She tells tales simple and
insightful, sometimes sad, always sage, yet ever so slightly
amused by it all.
Sherry’s compositions and the
cover tunes she chooses show off the pure, clean fun of her
warm voice. She rightfully
calls her songs pure Americana. They are diverse in genre and
content. Classic folk, country-folk, folk-rock, and the standard
ballad are delivered with equal mastery. There’s no screaming,
shouting, reaching or stretching out of shape in these vocals.
Sherry sings right where it’s comfortable, truly engaging
listeners with her combination of easy crystal clarity and
It’s the American girl for sure who writes songs about
Maxfield Parrish, California highways, vintage Mustangs, and
demanding truth from her lying government. This writer’s
lyrical skills flow and shine naturally like her long silver
locks. The balance, rhyme and cadence of her poetry come not
from years of formal study, but from the open door she’s
given her spirit.
In her cover of a classic country-folk
tune, Less and Less, Sherry celebrates the seductive allure
of the simple life. It’s
up-tempo message of hope and lightness of heart in the face
of a complex world is just what we need to hear. Sherry sings
about sweet love, friends finding new lives, seeing past decisions
in a new light, and old love burning in a steady flame. Images
we all recognize. Life’s simple pleasures, she reminds
us in silky, smooth tones, is what we all should appreciate.
Like unexpected roses, the joy in a smile, and the sapphire
color of the sky, all found in her songs.
Not to forget, still,
girls just love to have fun, and Sherry does that with a delightful
rendition of Hallelujah, a song she uses to enthrall the listener
and raise their spirits with every note – part of her
mission. A stunning line-up of
musicians play many styles of guitar, dobro, mandolin, organ,
piano, tuba, clarinet, cello, fiddle, bass and percussion to
create the perfect platform for all of Sherry’s sensuous
tunes. The acclaim that the first CD, Drive By Romance, has
earned thankfully enticed Sherry to write more, and make a
second CD, Drive On Back, including her own fine guitar picking
this time. To that, her growing number of dedicated fans say
Hallelujah! Enjoy ~ and Look Out! There’s more Sherry
Austin coming on down the road.