Elvis (both The King and Costello). The White Stripes. AC/DC. Radiohead.
Add plenty of heartfelt emotion - the sort of heartfelt emotion that only comes from living life. Take songs rooted in the blues, in folk, rockabilly, and old country but filter them through a cello and violin, a trumpet and trombone. Add other influences such as the immeasurable draw of New York City and the trials and wantings of love. Take an appeal broad enough to burn up both Top 40 charts and indie internet radio stations.
This is Jerry Cherry. That Jerry Cherry is a quintessentially New York artist is not surprising but the route he took was not a traditional one. Born in Brooklyn, he moved with his family to Fort Lauderdale at the age of six. He picked up guitar before he was a teenager and started to gig in high school. After honing his talents as both a guitar player and as a songwriter for several years, Jerry moved back to New York in 2004.
His experiences in New York City are the basis of his debut album, "Life Is Sweeter...", a song-cycle that condenses a year's worth of love and living in the city into a catchy and powerful 11 song album. "I lived it" Jerry says about his album and time in New York, which even included an appearance on the reality TV Show, Matched In Manhattan. "Life Is Sweeter..." was produced by Jerry himself and was mixed by multi-platinum engineer Mike Rogers (Dee-Lite, John Lennon, Sinead O'Connor, They Might Be Giants, Chubby Checker). Speaking of Chubby Checker, Jerry Cherry recently played lead guitar as a member of Chubby Checker's band on CBS and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his 2008 hit, "Knock Down The Walls." Songwriting is an intensely personal form of expression for Jerry Cherry.
"For the most part I have to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown in order to write." Of his album "Life Is Sweeter..." he says that "creativity for me is almost like therapy." Since forming his band in 2003, Jerry Cherry has been letting New Yorkers share in his own form of therapy all over his city, performing at well known venues such as Arlene's Grocery, The Delancy, The Lions Den, The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Club Midway (Rehab), Snitch, The Annex, Don Hill's, The National Underground, and Piano's. He has opened for artists as popular as Buckcherry and The Fixx. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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