Established Chicago-based pop/soul/dance songstress Ava Cherry has been making music for 5 decades, having released several solo albums and worked with everyone from Curtis Mayfield and Luther Vandross to Ziggy Stardust himself.
Now, after recently signing on with Mymy Madyy Pepper Gomez’s Chicago/Miami-based record label Wake Up! Music, Ava returns with a deeply empowering message of resilience in her ‘Nu Pop’ ‘Nu Soul’ single full of love for all. “Testify Love” is the first single from Ava’s upcoming full-length album, due in 2020 from the label.
This official radio version was mixed by the amazing Chicago Team Craig J Snider and Ralphi Rosario – La Figura and Harvey Summer‘s of the UK. What the world needs now is and always has been is love, love, love AND Ms. Ava Cherry.
in this track, Testify Love, Ava Cherry brings us back to the Golden Age of Rock / Soul Crossover, a sound that started in the seventies but fully bloomed in the 80’s and 90’s, and still hold a mesmerizing power today, Ava Weaves her magic in this, and we feel her upcoming album will have many more tracks to excite the music scene.
Ava Cherry, multi-talented singer, songwriter, model and actress, whom was brought up in Woodlawn, in the South side of Chicago, inherited her father’s love of music. Soul was her favorite and especially the music being released by Motown during its sixties heyday. Gladys Knight was one of her favorite vocalists, and another was the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Little did Ava Cherry realize that a few short years later she would be rubbing shoulders with these two greats.
This was a dream come true, and a far cry from when she used to make her way to the Regal Theater, on the South side of Chicago on a Sunday afternoon. Each week, she watched some of the biggest singers and bands take to the stage and wish she was up there.
At nineteen, Ava Cherry was an aspiring model living in New York and working at the Genesis nightclub. One day, her manager told her that David Bowie was going to perform at Radio City and gave her a copy of the Ziggy Stardust album to listen to. Little did she know as listened to the album that she would soon meet Bowie and her life would be changed forevermore.
Ava Cherry was at a Stevie Wonder after party where she rubbed shoulders with Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin. That night, Ava Cherry was introduced to David Bowie who invited her to tour Japan with him. Not long after this, she was invited by a friend to spend some time in Monaco, in the south of France. While she was there, Ava traveled to Paris where she and David Bowie were reunited after a year, and spent time in the south of France, and later, London. That was where Ava Cherry recorded People From Bad Homes during November 1973, which was produced by David Bowie who penned four songs and sang on I Am Divine. The Bowie penned songs were joined by covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Frank Zappa and Roy Harper.
Between 1974 and 1978, Ava Cherry was one of David Bowie’s backing vocalists. Ava, Luther Vandross and Robin Clark accompanied Bowie live and in the studio. This included on one of his classic album ‘Young Americans’ which was influenced by Philly Soul. Ava Cherry returned to the Chicago, where she was introduced to another musical legend, Curtis Mayfield. He signed her to his Custom label and produced the single Love Is Good News, which Ava co-wrote with him. This was the start of a solo career which has spanned five decades.
Three years later, in 1983, she released the much-anticipated Streetcar Named Desire on Capitol Records. It was well received by critics and was the latest chapter in Ava Cherry’s career. By 1986, Ava Cherry was reunited with Luther Vandross became one of his backing vocalists. She made her debut on his Any Love album and spent ten years working with Luther Vandross, who during that period, became one of the biggest names in R&B. Ava Cherry has continued to record and release singles and albums.
The multi-talented musical chameleon hasn’t stood still and has been working with a variety of high profile producers on different projects. Two of her most recent releases are Right From The Heart and That’s How Loneliness Goes. Both tracks show how Ava Cherry’s music has evolved during the fifth decade of a long and illustrious career.
Recently, a new chapter in Ava Cherry’s career began when she signed to Pepper Gomez’s Chicago-Miami based record label Wake Up! Music. 2020 promises to be an exciting year for Ava Cherry and Wake Up! Music as she releases her much-anticipated first album of Nu music.
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