Song-writing influences include Carly Simon, Carole King, Michael Masser, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Desmond Child, Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Richard Marx, and the late John Lennon.
Vocal influences include Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Mary Wells, Luther Vandross, Dusty Springfield, Steve Perry, Barry Manilow and Diana Ross.
KERI-LYNN, who sang long before she could talk, performed for the first time at the age of four during a Christmas program held at church. Everyone enjoyed her performance, and she was asked to perform on a more regular basis. Later, KERRI-LYNN her mother, and sister formed a trio. She attended preschool at this time.
Throughout her elementary schooling, she performed solos and choral work for numerous occasions and holidays. She also served as choir section leader. During the fifth grade, she was on the honor roll, and served as a member of the safety patrol.
In 1972, she was a cheerleader, and performed the National Anthem at half-time during the homecoming game. This resulted in her first standing ovation. She served again as section leader for the choir, and participated as soloist. She tried her hand at acting, and performed in many plays and musicals. Her second ovation was a result of performing at a meeting for the Mobile County School Board of Directors--along with other artists. She was voted Most Talented of her eight grade class by her peers, and was honored with an award for excellence in music. She began writing poetry; which would later serve as song material. Scholastically, she was on the Honor Roll each year.
At the age of thirteen--accompanied by her parents-- she stared performing in clubs that featured country-western, pop, rock, and jazz music. At fourteen, she produced her first demo. She worked at a shoe Store and at a movie theater to finance the project. She was a member of and soloist for the choir, and was a member of the drama club. She also portrayed various characters in plays and musicals.
She was featured as soloist at every assembly. She was on the Honor Roll, Dean's List, and received awards for academic excellence in music theory and voice. She was also initiated into Phi Theta Kappa.
1980 to Present
While studying for her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance on scholarship, she performed numerous lead and supporting roles. Among these were Aurelia in Rumplestilskin Fraulein Rottenmeir in Heidi. and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. She sang voice-overs for the Americas' Junior Miss program for CBS-TV. She was hired by local agencies to record commercial jingles for local businesses. She completed four years of music theory, composition, counterpoint, and fugue under the instruction of Dr. Carl Alette. She also served a brief stint as assistant to the choreographer at the university. From 1980 to 1981, she did modeling assignments for the Barbizon Modeling Agency in Mobile. She served as vice-president of Sigma Alpha Iota; Zeta Gamma Chapter--From 1983 to 1984. During the summer of 1984, she was a member of the Birmingham Summerfest Company. At the end of the Summer Quarter, she was on the Presidents' and Deans' List. In 1984, she placed third in the state of Florida National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal competition in 1989.
At the beginning of 1990, she was elected to full writer-publisher membership into ASCAP. Performance showcases and expositions featuring her original tunes have been well received as a result of performances at the following: The Greater Jacksonville Landing; NAS Mayport---homecoming celebration for the USS Saratoga and her fleet from Operation Desert Storm; Springbreak, 1991 at Daytona Reach; the Rock Palace; the Daytona Beach Marriott (Pool Deck); and the Spring Musicfest, '91--produced by Fantasma Productions (along with The Commodores, Jude Cole, Air Supply, and REO Speedwagon) held -at Metropolitian Park; and the list keeps growing.
She has performed the National Anthem for a variety of events; including for the Orlando Magic--before a home crowd of well over 15,000; not to mention the network crowd of well over 2.5 million! She continues to be a local favorite on the "National Anthem Circuit" as well as in select night clubs.
Her single, "I'm workin' on it", was well received in dance clubs, and on some college radio stations throughout the state of Florida. That single, plus it's flip-side "One more chance", was in syndication on Evergreen Media, Voice of America, and Music Satellite Network among others. This resulted in some well deserved recognition in Media Base during the month of May in 1991. Other recognition include reviews in JAM Entertainer News, First Coast Entertainer, Midday Live, Center Stage, and Dance Music Review among others. Her current distribution of this single is Limited to the southeast region of the United States. Pre-production is underway for two LP proposals, and rehearsals for up-coming performances are well underway .
Her professional and personal life includes raising her young daughter--Christina Lorraine; she's the inspiration behind most of her songs.
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