For Sherry Lynn, A Beautiful Life is more than her sophomore album; its her view of the world. The title cut, a duet with Grammy-winning superstar Crystal Gayle, backs it up: Life is short, so jump in with both feet, chase your dreams, hold fast and relish the ride.
Thats exactly what Sherry has been doing since she transitioned from the Karaoke stage to opening in 2006 for Sammy Kershaw at Pitman, New Jerseys historic Broadway Theatre. Fast-forward two years, when Sherry was invited back to the Broadway to open for Crystal Gayle, one of Sherrys musical heroes. The concert turned out to be a pivotal moment in Sherrys career.
It was one of those freeze-frame moments for Sherry. As a child, shed set her career compass to singing the same day she watched Loretta Lynns biopic Coal Miners Daughter. And now there she was opening for Lorettas sister.
In 2011 Sherry was delighted when Crystal agreed to lend her vocals to a song on Sherrys up and coming CD which was then put on hold while the perfect song was found. In December of 2012 Beautiful Life, a song co-penned by award-winning tunesmith Danny Wells, best known for George Straits Check Yes Or No and Rascal Flatts These Days. Sherry and Crystal joined voices at Crystals studio, Audio 51, with producer Ted Hewitt, the studio wizard behind Rodney Atkins string of Number One hits. Crystals son Christos Gatzimos engineered the session.
To choose the nine other tunes on A Beautiful Life, Sherry turned to stellar songwriters like Kelley Lovelace, who co-penned Girls Will Be Girls and eight Brad Paisley Number Ones; ASCAP 2009 Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley, who took Carrie Underwood to the top with All-American Girl and Good Girl; Edward Monroe Hill, another George Strait hitmaker, and Karyn Rochelle noted for writing Trisha Yearwoods This Is Me Youre Talking To, and Kelly Picklers hits I Wonder and Red High Heels.
That an independent artist could land A-list songs by top tier writers proves that Sherrys is a voice to be reckoned with. Because of her equally polished stage presence, shes shared the stage with the likes of Miranda Lambert, the Oak Ridge Boys, LeAnn Rimes, John Rich and Chris Young. Sherry belted out The Star Spangled Banner before a crowd of 45,000 when the Phillies played the Mets at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. This summer was one Sherry will not soon forget. Performing at the CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville was amazing but nothing could compare to what happened next. Crystal invited Sherry to perform Beautiful Life on the legendary stage that Sherry dreamed of her entire life, The Grand Ole Opry. There are no words to describe the emotion I felt or what it meant to me to sing on that stage where so many legends have stood. I could never Thank Crystal enough for making my dream come true
Whether Sherrys sneaking a peek at the hottie next door in I Like Em Like That, embracing love in I Could Get Used To This, or blowing off heartbreak in Slip Into Something Mexico and What a Day To Shake a Heartache, Sherry keeps it upbeat and personal. When she ramps up the rowdy anthem Girls Will Be Girls and points her taillights at yesterday in So Much More, its autobiographical. Pure Sherry Lynn and her Beautiful Life.
I play live as much as I can and I enjoy it more than I could possibly ever express in words and have been so fortunate to perform at shows with such incredible Artists such as Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Darryl Worley, LeAnn Rimes, Crystal Gayle, BJ Thomas, The Oak Ridge Boys, Collin Ray and so many others. I was so blessed to be asked to perform the National Anthem at Citizen's Bank Park for the Phillies and the Mets in front of a sold out 45,0000 plus crowd which was a huge highlight in my career for me personally. The Most Incredible performance ever was when Crystal and I performed our duet this summer on the legendary stage that I dreamed of my entire life, The grand Ole Opry.
I have so many musical influences because I love a genres of music but I have to say that Loretta Lynn is the reason I started singing country music. Crystal Gayle, Reba, George Strait, Pat Benetar, Phil Collins and Martina McBride are some names that come to me in an instant.
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