Written by Joe Scotchie Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00
When ambitious young people from Long Island seek their dreams in the world of entertainment and music, it generally means taking a trip across the East River to Manhattan or a longer journey to Hollywood.
Roslyn native Sheri Miller had all those ambitions, but she was different in that she chose Nashville, TN, the famed Music City, U.S.A. as that highly competitive place to test her skills. As John Sebastian once sang, every other “guitar picker” in America ends up in Nashville, but this Roslyn native has ended up conquering not only Nashville, but also Manhattan as her CDs have earned her critical acclaim and a loyal following of listeners.
Sheri has already recorded two CDs, 2008’s Mantra and Winning Hand, which was released in 2011. Sheri told The Roslyn News, she hopes to start production on a brand new record in 2014. As with any budding artist, Sheri had her influences growing up in Roslyn. Much of that came from family members, who were musically inclined. Her mother, for instance, was an opera singer and classical pianist and an uncle was a recording engineer who worked with such legends as James Brown, Chick Corea and Smokey Robinson. Another influence came from a longtime teacher in the Roslyn School District.
“There’s one elementary school teacher [who influenced me], Helene Fisher, a brilliant, beautiful woman, who deeply inspired me to learn and grow, as a human being, writer, and thinker,” Sheri said.
In Roslyn, Sheri went to camp at Shibley and Pierce, and attended Roslyn High School and the Roslyn Trinity Coop for nursery school.
Her memories and descriptions of Roslyn match the lyrical talents displayed in her songs.
“I loved the quaint town and nature: the beautiful Clock Tower nestled in the colonial town, the Bryant Library’s classic Roslyn Duck pond, the greens of Christopher Morley Park, the gorgeous weeping willow trees, eating many meals at
George Washington Manor, Joanne’s Pizza, Pirondello’s, Landmark Diner, Benihana and the Jolly Fisherman, Lace’s Skating and the great teachers in the Roslyn Schools,” Sheri recalled.
Above all, music was central to Sheri’s upbringing. In addition to family members and teachers, Sheri listened and learned from an eclectic array of music legends, ranging from Tchaikosvky to The Beatles, Beethoven to Elvis Presley and
Bach to Joni Mitchell, not to mention the omnipresent poet, Charles Bukowski. She took classical piano lessons and later began composing songs, while also learning how to play acoustic guitar. At the University of Pennsylvania, Sheri began writing more material on a Casino keyboard. In Nashville, she was part of a four-part vocal harmony group, The Delilahs. In New York, Sheri hit the club circuit, playing at such familiar venues as B.B. King’s, World Café Live, Hotel
Café, Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall and The Living Room.
Along the way, Sheri has opened shows for such stars as Lady Gaga, Norah Jones and Shawn Mullins, while writing songs with such notables as J.D. Souther. Band members include Will Lee, Shawn Pelton and Tabitha Fair. In addition, Paul
Shaffer has pitched in on organ and piano work.
“I’m excited to have just released a single and music video for my original song “I Could Love You Still,” featuring Will Lee, Paul Shaffer and Steve Cropper,” Sheri continued. “Earlier this year, I was interviewed on a music program that just aired on PBS. I’m currently recording three new holiday songs, and hope to start production on a brand new record in 2014. I’m very prolific, and I’m constantly writing new songs. I have some upcoming library concert performances in Long Island. My next concert, with my band, is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, at The Cutting Room, in New York City, to release my “Mantra” music video.”
Music fans can check sherimiller.com for more information on her rising career.