Music: Singer / Songwriter; Visual Art; term
Cheryl Lockett, a song stylist, whose riveting voice and warm style promises any listener an aesthetically pleasing and cohesive composition of music that flows like silk. Cheryl, a California native and gifted with many talents, cultivates, curate and presents an eclectic vision of sound that appeals to a diverse listening audience. A fusion of Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Pop, Funk and Afro-Cuban music reflect her vocal style. Flexible in multiple genres, this hot talent has filled every seat in all auditoriums she has graced. It is without wonder that Lockett’s talent lead her to sharing the stage with Bay Area master musicians like Latin drummer/percussionists Raul Pineda, Jesus Diaz and Danilo Paiz, guitarist Rolando Morales, bassist Mark Van Waganengen and Rigoberto Lopez, pianist Gustavo Ramirez and the late Dave Wallace.
In the Northern California region, Lockett has performed on numerous occasions with the DBaba Project. Cheryl Lockett was born in the City of Merced California as Cheryl Craig, the daughter of Kenneth and Lila Craig, of the legendary Merced Blue Notes. The Merced Blue Notes was a groove-oriented sextet of the 50’s and 60’s era. Cheryl Lockett, a product of that same groove-oriented ancestry, began singing at age 4 and drawing at age 12.
Impeccably, the finished product of Lockett’s work, whether it be from sound or of sight, reflect her dedication to the Arts, and her commitment to share art with others. In 1993, this led her to a new endeavor working as an independent Fine Arts Contract Artist. The primary duties are to develop, market and present fine art experiences; workshops, presentation and performances to youth and adults. The workshops include voice, music, movement and rhythm experiences, as well as tapestry, mosaic and instrument making. The focus is to strengthen the existence of the Fine Arts in education, and in the community.
Lockett’s personal Jazz ensemble is an aggregation of accomplished, world-class musicians, that collectively projects a unique resonance of World-Beat Fusion, inclusive of Jazz, Blues, Pop, Latin, and Folklore. A repertoire that is diverse and improvisational, and suitable for any venue. Professional Musicians! Stellar Performers!