05-05-20 The Historical Journey of the African-American Woman with Singer and Storyteller Cheryl Albright
Highlighting the music of Sissieretta Jones, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and Nina Simone
Cheryl Albright is a soul-stirring singer, storyteller, playwright, performer, and producer on a mission to celebrate and remember the lives and accomplishments of African American female vocalists and their historical journeys. Her three one-woman productions OH FREEDOM OVER ME, ELLA 100! and Aretha! have done just that. Known for the versatility in her vocal performance and intimate, conversational style in her storytelling, Cheryl masterfully reaches a broad and diverse audience in a way that is both entertaining and educational.
OH FREEDOM OVER ME debuted in 2015 in partnership with the University of Rhode Island Urban Culture Arts Program to an audience of 275 attendees. The show earned Cheryl the 2015 Woman of Achievement Award and featured an article in She Shines Magazine by the YWCA. Receiving a grant from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts (RISCA) was a special highlight for Cheryl to perform for female inmates at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.
ELLA 100! debuted on Super Bowl Sunday 2017 to a standing room only crowd of over 300 theatergoers. It was honored as one of the Top 5 Jazz Events To See by Go Local Providence.
ARETHA! Debuted in 2019 to another standing-room audience. The show was featured in BroadwayWorld.com and received national recognition for its performance at the Johnson & Johnson facility in Rehoboth, MA.
Cheryl has over thirty-five years of professional singing experience, she has traveled throughout the country singing at various special events featuring and honoring civil rights icons such as Ruby Nell Sales, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Dorothy Cotton, and The New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. The Bristol Community College Reading Program asked Cheryl to produce and perform a celebration show, HALLELUJAH FOR HENRIETTA, based on their reading of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot.
Born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina, Cheryl comes from a family of singers, musicians, and community activists. Her mother, grandmother, and the Southern Baptist Church were instrumental in exposing her to all genres of music including country-western, bluegrass, and classical. Cheryl believes that music and storytelling is a bridge builder that speaks to the matters of the heart and digs deep in the billows of one’s soul.
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