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Cherise - "2 Steppin"

The soulful sensation known as Cherise has taken the music scene by storm with her bold Brit attitude and captivating talent. Hailing from the London Jazz scene, Cherise has garnered a loyal fanbase who have been captivated by her previous releases, showcasing her unique R&B writing style and honest approach to storytelling. With her latest project, Cherise has released the mesmerizing single 'Secrets,' which has garnered support from esteemed figures in the industry such as Jamz Supernova, Gilles Peterson, Lauren Laverne, DJ Target, Wonderland Magazine, Notion, and even MTV. Creativity knows no bounds for Cherise, and her dedication extends beyond music. She has made her mark in various domains, including fashion, yoga, teaching, and acting. One of her earliest projects, 'Evelyn and the Yellow Birds,' was a remarkable musical adventure showcased at the renowned London Jazz Festival. This heartfelt tribute to her grandmother, Evelyn, who arrived in London as part of the Windrush generation, earned Cherise accolades from the BBC. Cherise's culture and heritage resonate through every creative endeavor she undertakes, as she poignantly expresses, "My grandparents taught me that I am a manifestation of their wildest dreams. The gratitude and love I have for them runs through everything I sing." Cherise's talent has taken her to incredible heights, sharing the stage with renowned artists. In 2022, she had the honor of opening for the acclaimed Michael Kiwanuka at L'Olympia in Paris and Colisée de Roubaix in Lille, as well as accompanying Jamie Cullum on his Spring/Summer European tour. She also embarked on a European tour with Nubiyan Twist. Cherise's enchanting rendition of Norah Jones' classic track 'Sunrise' was featured on the prestigious 2022 album 'Blue:Note Reimagined II' on Decca Records, alongside esteemed artists like SWINDLE, Theon Cross, and Conor Albert. Furthermore, Cherise has collaborated with notable figures such as Gregory Porter, Steam Down, Rueban James, and Omar. Cherise's influence extends beyond the music world, catching the attention of the fashion industry as well. She was invited to collaborate with the chic Parisian label, Sézane, further solidifying her impact and versatility. As a classically trained Jazz musician, Cherise's journey began at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich, London. During her time there, she stood out as the only black Jazz singer, highlighting the need for diversity in the field. Cherise's passion for music was nurtured through the Tomorrow's Warriors program, where she attended free Saturday classes. This pioneering initiative focuses on supporting young musicians, particularly black and female artists, who may face financial or other barriers in pursuing a music career. Cherise now stands among the elite alumni of Tomorrow's Warriors, a prestigious list that includes exceptional talents like Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Cassie Kinoshi and Nérija, Femi Koleoso and Ezra Collective, Binker Golding, Shabaka Hutchings and Sons Of Kemet, Eska, Denys Baptiste, Soweto Kinch, and Zara McFarlane. Undoubtedly, Cherise is a multi-faceted artist whose talent knows no bounds. Her effortless and irresistible vocals, combined with her soulful and honest songwriting, possess a contemporary yet timeless quality. With Love Supreme and Montreux Jazz festivals already confirming her appearance this summer, 2023 is shaping up to be an exceptional year for the incredible soul artist known as Cherise. Now, turning our attention to her latest single, "2 Steppin," Cherise takes us on a sunny, funk-filled journey inspired by her late maternal grandfather. Cherise fondly reminisces about her childhood, when her mother would bring her and her sister from Luton to Hackney to be babysat by her grandfather. She vividly recalls following him through the streets of Dalston, with his remarkable swag and a distinctive two-step, moving unhurriedly down Ridley Road. Cherise channels her grandfather's demeanor into this groove-heavy ode, reminding us not to sweat the small stuff. The song serves as a testament to the release one feels when stepping out of their own head, and embracing the freedom and joy of the present moment. In addition to honoring her late grandfather, Cherise pays homage to the Windrush generation, a significant theme considering the 75th anniversary of their arrival in England. She reflects on her gratitude for what she has while maintaining a strong desire to define, on her own terms, what it means to be second-generation. This powerful sentiment encapsulates Cherise's ability to infuse her music with personal experiences and connect with her audience on a deeper level. With her newest single, "2 Steppin," Cherise continues to captivate listeners with her mesmerizing voice, soulful storytelling, and remarkable ability to create music that is simultaneously contemporary and timeless. Cherise's passion, talent, and dedication are set to make 2023 a standout year for this exceptional soul artist, leaving us eagerly anticipating her upcoming releases and eagerly awaiting her performances at Love Supreme and Montreux Jazz festivals.


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