Cheri Janae is a singer and songwriter from Illinois. Her first public performance was at the age of four, but no
one knew that Cheri Janae desired to pursue music until her late teens because she was shy even though she
performed with dance groups at local talent shows and acted in plays. But when she earned a music and theater
scholarship at one of Chicago’s top private universities from her classical vocal performance of Mozart’s
“Hallelujah” and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: “Summer Time", things began to change. Cheri Janae sung at open
mic nights, hair and beauty shows, and sporting events- which led to such opportunities as a commercial jingle and
voice-over, print ad and commercial, a triple-threat Chicago finalist for the NBC show Fame, mini-stage production
of Spike Lee’s film School Daze, a co-starring role in a TV pilot demo produced by Mike Merrill for That Common
Production, and a Sony BMG music showcase at Excalibur Nightclub in Chicago. And eventually, Cheri Janae
began to write and co-produce her own music.
Cheri Janae fuses various styles of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Latin, and Dance music with a 4.5-octave vocal range.
She received airplay on college radio stations and weekend radio shows for songs “How Wud U Like” and “I Can
Love You”. Mariah Carey, Adele, Jacksons family, Sade, and Missy Elliot are a few of her musical influences. Her
producer and beat maker collaboration list includes veteran and new producers from Chicago, Philadelphia, and
Caribbean: Get Em Louie, J Blade, Bryan Hadley, Turreekk, and Gee Notez. Lyrically, Cheri Janae paints pictures
of various phases of love, club nights, and inspiration from personal experiences. When asked during an
interview at the Sony BMG showcase to describe who she is as an artist, Cheri Janae stated, “I’m an artist that
brings fun back to music thru storytelling, fashion, and rhythmic melodies like a modern-day Diana Ross or
Teena Marie.” She’s performed at various venues such as House of Blues, Hollywood Aurora Casinos, the
International Music Festival, a 107.5 Clear Channel Summer Block Party, and Sporting events such as an ESPN
Boxing Match to name a few. She also wrote on pre-productions with Panther and Individualz of Swizz Beats
production team featuring VH1’s reality star and hip-hop singer Ray J, Will Jordan the writer of Nicki Minaj’s
and Rihanna’s hit song “Fly”, and Mick Lee who also wrote for commercially successful pop artists.
Cheri Janae looks forward to her journey in the world of music and entertainment. Her ultimate goals are
to help others feel good, forget their troubles when they listen and see her perform, and inspire people
to always keep faith, hope, and love no matter what life may bring.