About Cherie Call
Short bio (for promotional materials):
Cherie Call was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and has been writing music since her early teens. She has released seven full length albums of her original songs. Her latest album, “Grace”, was released in October of 2009. Some highlights of Cherie’s performing life include playing “in the round” at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe, being a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Newfolk songwriting competition, and opening for bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien at the University of Utah. Cherie’s songs have been included on several albums produced for the LDS Especially for Youth summer programs, and also on the soundtracks to many independent films, including God’s Army, Charly, and the Banff Award winning film, “True Fans”. Cherie currently lives in Utah with her husband and two daughters.
Long bio (for those who love details):
Cherie Call was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and has been singing in front of appreciative audiences since she was three years old. In her early teens, Cherie began writing her own songs. By the time she was in high-school, Cherie was writing songs for all of her friends and constantly performing them at church, school, and at local community events.
Cherie went on to earn a BA in Media Music from Brigham Young University. Songwriting classes were the highlight of her college career. She had always loved folk and acoustic music, but while she had taken piano lessons in her youth, she didn’t ever pick up a guitar till she was in college. As Cherie’s songwriting matured, the guitar seemed to become the perfect fit for her vivid, storytelling lyrics. Just after graduating, in 1997, Cherie Call teamed up with songwriting classmate Tyler Castleton to produce her first album, “Taken”. It was mostly recorded late at night in a local studio where another classmate, Alexander Jenkins worked at the time. They had to record after Cherie was done at her night shift as a reservation agent at Southwest Airlines. Typically they recorded a few times a month, whenever Cherie could scrape a few more dollars. In 1999 Cherie saved up again and recorded a four song Christmas EP called “One Star”,
“Taken” and “One Star’ were well enough received that Cherie was able to find an investor to help facilitate her second full length album, “Heart Made of Wind”, which was released in 2000. The songs on this album were a mixture of songs she had written for author and filmmaker Dan Austin’s films, and chronicles of her adventures in single-hood. The title track was the theme song for Austin’s Banff award winning film, True Fans. During this time, Cherie often used her flight benefits from her airline job to perform in fun places all over the U.S. She especially loved playing at the new writers’ nights at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe. Cherie was honored to eventually be invited to play there “in the round”.
While working on the songs for “Heart Made of Wind”, Cherie was invited by her friend Tyler Castleton to submit a song for the 1999 LDS Especially For Youth album which he was producing that year. Cherie wrote a song called “Promises I Keep”, which was enthusiastically accepted for the album. This opened the door for Cherie to an unexpected but very rewarding career writing inspirational music. Cherie signed with Deseret Book’s Shadow Mountain label and produced three albums with them; “He Gives Flowers to Everyone”, “The Ocean in Me”, and “Beneath These Stars”. Shortly after “He Gives Flowers to Everyone” was released, Cherie was invited to tour as the opening act for Deseret Book’s very popular performing group, “Jericho Road”. Cherie took a leap of faith, quit her airline job, and went on tour. She has no regrets, since she fell in love with and married the tour’s sound guy, Joe Anderson. During her years at Deseret Book, Cherie also enjoyed traveling and performing at their popular Time Out For Women events.
In 2006, while expecting her first child, Cherie started writing some Christmas songs. She had always wanted to make “One Star” into a full length album. Cherie updated the recordings of the original four songs from that EP, and recorded six more songs, which became her independently released Christmas album, “Gifts”. A well loved song from that album is “I Just Knew”, which she wrote with Tyler Castleton. She drew upon her own insecurities and wonderings as a mother-to-be to imagine what it might have been like for Mary to be expecting the son of God.
Motherhood has continued to be a powerful muse for Cherie. In October of 2009, Cherie teamed up with R Legacy Entertainment to release her most recent album, “Grace.” In the three years that had passed since the release of “Gifts”, Cherie had a second daughter and also went through the grueling process of selling a house during bad economic times. These experiences intensified Cherie’s gratitude for a loving home and family, and that theme plays a big role in most of her newest songs.
“Grace” was produced by Cherie’s talented long time friend, Scott Wiley. Scott had been a recording engineer for all of Cherie’s albums except her first. He also co-produced “Beneath These Stars” and “Gifts” with Tyler Castleton. As the sole producer for “Grace”, Scott brought his unique and unmistakable style to the table, including the experience he gained during his time working in Los Angeles with the likes of Neil Diamond, Bonnie Raitt, and Tracy Chapman, to name a few. Scott also encouraged Cherie to play most all of her own acoustic guitar parts for the album, which was a big challenge for her, but ultimately helped make even more of Cherie’s personality come through in the recordings. Some of the songs were recorded with several musicians playing live in the same room, creating a unique energy on songs like “Still Small Voice”, “Invincible’, and “River of Tears”. Cherie considers “Grace” to be her very best work to date.
Cherie continues to travel, perform, and write. Her songs continue to be included on various Especially for Youth albums and on the soundtracks to several independent films. Cherie currently lives in Utah with Joe and their two daughters, Sydney and Madeline.