Listen to Sherry
NEW CD FROM SHERRY PRUITT
Hearts Coming Together
Sherry Appears Regularly With
The Third Degree Blues Band
Sherry Pruitt is an Extraordinary Vocalist
Who Sings Blues, R&B, Gospel and Jazz
Born in Beaumont Texas in 1956, into a devoutly religious family that includes ministers and gospel musicians, blues diva Sherry Pruitt made her musical debut in church at age six, with a solo rendition of ''Eyes On The Sparrow.'' Revealing an abundance of raw musical talent early on, Sherry stayed true to her calling and continued singing in church and at school throughout her formative years. In 1974 at age 18, she moved to Los Angeles with her family and began to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. Her abilities with gospel music translated handily to singing the blues as well as popular music and she soon began appearing around town in local night clubs and lounges. Eager to improve at her craft and not satisfied to rely solely on her considerable natural ability, Sherry took up vocal training with two of the best coaches in the business, Ronnie Hasley and Bill Collier, who helped her develop the polish and professionalism that is so evident in her performances today.
Sherry's musical odessey has taken her all over the world, even as far away as Tahiti. When, in 1991, a gospel booking in South Africa fell through and left her stranded for three months, she was taken under the wings of two of that country's greatest popular entertainers, Blondie Makhene and Brenda Fassie. While in South Africa, she absorbed a wealth of musical and cultural experiences and was able to turn a financial disaster into a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth. By 1997 Sherry was ready to ''bring it'' to the Peer Belgium Blues Festival. Performing with the Barry Levenson Band (Barry Levenson of Canned Heat), on the same day as Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Ike Turner, John Mayall, Joe Louis Walker, Jeniva Magness and The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Sherry delivered a tour de force performance of Levenson originals that included, Born To Sing The Blues, Steal Away and Te Na Ne Na Nu.
In 2008 Sherry suffered a stroke while performing a gospel set with her mother at Babe's and Ricky's Inn, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. This could have ended her career, but with the loving support of her family and boyfriend, the special devotion of her daughter Akilah, the dedicated doctors and therapists at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, her strong faith in God and her own sheer determination and courage, Sherry won her way back to the stage within a year. She is back in form and back where she belongs.
Sherry makes her home in Long Beach, California, but her musical home is on the band stand, performing for her audience. In addition to Long Beach, she is a popular figure at blues venues in Los Angeles, Pasadena and other Southern California communities. She frequently appears with The Deacon Jones Blues Band, the Delgado Brothers Band and at Southern California Blues Society events. Sherry has a CD that she made with guitarist, Makoto Miyashita called, ''Big City Blues,'' which is available at CDBaby.com. The Southern California Blues Society named Big City Blues the Best Self-Produced CD of 2003. Her newest album, which will soon be released on Cold 6 Records is called, ''Love Is.'' Sherry wrote all of the songs for this project and she performs them with a very pleasing and up-to-date R&B ''Neo Soul'' styling. Also on Cold 6 Records, Sherry lends her vocal expertise to a fascinating album entitled, ''Terraplane - Untitled 1,'' which presents a unique fusion of Hip-Hop, Blues and Gospel. Get her CDs or catch her live. By all means, see Sherry Pruitt live, for a thrilling and inspiring performance that you won't forget.