When you think of gospel music and great gospel singing, cities like Chicago and Detroit come to mind first. One doesn’t expect a fresh breeze in gospel music to come from Los Angeles, a city more commonly associated with rock music and pop music.
Los Angeles’ own Sherrie Keys is a contemporary gospel recording artist who captivates audiences with her elegant, hauntingly beautiful voice. Armed with a warm spirit and an infectious smile, her musical gifts serve as a platform for ministry beyond music. Sherrie brings a beautiful, fresh voice to gospel music. The talented, gifted soprano is a daughter of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and has recently launched the formation of her own music label to distribute her recordings.
Birthed in a musical family, Keys has been singing in choirs most of her life, opting to remain in the shadows of the music industry rather than pursue the spotlight. This time around, all eyes will be on Sherrie Keys as she readies her CD release “For Anointed Ears Only” under her own Chubby Girl Records label.
“Maturity complements gospel singing.” says Keys. “You need to have experienced life, with all of its ebbs and flows to truly execute gospel music. You have to have loved and lost, buried a loved one or two, or suffered the pain of disappointment to sing with conviction … I didn’t have enough life experience when I was 21 years old. And besides, I didn’t choose music ministry. Music ministry chose me.”
Keys states that she brings an eclectic style of singing to gospel music. “Memphis gave me a unique ear for sounds. I’ve been influenced by it all, from the Delta blues to jazz to rock to bluegrass. It’s all mixed in there somewhere.”
Keys states that if gospel music is the conveyor of good news, then the genre must become the most popular form of music worldwide. “Everyone wants to hear good news … The best news I can share is that all my sins are forgiven and that Heaven has been earmarked for you and me.”