Like Someone in Love
Cheryl Ann Jones began her musical journey as a child growing up in Houston, Texas. At age 8, her mother enrolled her in classical piano lessons with Mrs. Joyce Young Franklin. She took piano with Mrs. Franklin for 10 years and began singing in school and church choirs. Cheryl graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, majoring in Vocal music. She performed with numerous groups including Girls' Chorus, Concert Choir and Senior Madrigals. Her love of jazz began in her home, listening to her father's vast jazz collection. Music was always playing in her home, in the car, on the record player! Cheryl went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Therapy from the University of Kansas and a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Music remained an avocation as she served as an institutional chaplain for over 20 years. Cheryl sang with the Susan Zierman Oasis Vocal Octet in Washington, DC, 1990-1997 and continued to sing in church choirs, off-off-off Broadway shows and special events. In 2001, Cheryl began studying with the Elliston Music Studio with Ms. Ronnie Wells-Elliston and Mr. Ron Elliston. She has been a two-time semi-finalist in the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Competition, 2004 and 2005. Music has now come to the forefront of Cheryl's life as she pursues it as a vocation, rather than avocation. She sings weekly at several venues in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and has worked with some of the best jazz masters in the world! Cheryl is grateful to God for the opportunity to "sing her life" and share it with you. Cheryl Jones has been nominated for a 2007 WAMMY in the Best Jazz Vocalist category! The WAMMYs (Washington Area Musicians) celebrate the artistry of musicians, producers and technicians in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Congratulations, Cheryl!