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INTERVIEW: Cheryl Fare
By
Cyrus Rhodes

 

"Fare is an artist worthy of spotlight, attention, & praise"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.cherylfare.com

 

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I recently had the privilege of checking out the latest CD by singer/songwriter Cheryl Fare entitled Springfield.  From start to finish Springfield is an impressive collection of music. The music is highly passionate, uplifting, & extremely passionate. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalogue. The writing & playing abilities of Cheryl Fare & her band are rock solid, the melodies & harmonies are well crafted, & the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with conventional wisdom & overfloweth with strong sex appeal. Last but not least the vocal presence of Fare is world-class. Cheryl Fare is an infectious artist worthy of spotlight, attention, & praise This CD was released in 2008, so I look forward to hearing more material from Cheryl Fare soon.

 

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IMD I really enjoyed your CD Springfield. Who have been some of your top musical influences over the years? Whoa re some of the female vocalists who have had an influence? I hear a bit of Natalie Cole, & Ella Fitzgerald am I off the mark there.

CF I must say, my biggest influences have been singer/songwriters like Roseanne Cash, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Armitrading, and Lucinda Williams.  Vocalists I admire include Maura O’Connell, Renee Marie, and Bonnie Raitt.

IMD  Who get’s to be your top vocal influence?

CF Top of the heap for me is Cassandra Wilson.  I love the way she makes a song her own, and her divine lower tones just make me feel warm all over.

IMD What was the best concert you have ever been to?

CF I have never been a big fan of arena shows, so it’s bound to be something at a more intimate venue.  I’d say the best for me was Roseanne Cash, performing with just her husband on guitar, at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia.

IMD I really think your voice works well within the confines of vocal jazz & R&B – how did you fall into those genera’s?

CF When I started to get serious about singing, I listened a lot to female jazz and blues singers from the past century.  Those are the genres I am most drawn to vocally.  I tend to mix those genres with influences from folk and rock music, and create a style that is all my own.  One review I loved called my style “soulful folk”, and that sounds great to me.

IMD  What’s the one thing you want fans to take from your music?

CF My greatest joy is when people connect with the lyrics in a song, and it seems to speak to them about something they have experienced in their lives.  In that way, music is both a great release and a great inspiration for us all.  If they enjoy listening to my voice in the process, all the better.

IMD I especially enjoyed the song “Messy Song” could you tell us what inspired this amazing piece of music?

CF Well, let’s face it, love is a messy thing.  I have been blessed with more than one man in my life whose love I would not trade for the world.  And once I love someone, circumstances may change, but the love doesn’t go away, it just changes with the time.  So, where I am now is the product of all those relationships, and it gets messy sometimes, but I’m just fine with that.

IMD Is there one song that really sticks out most in your mind as being your personal favorite?

CF Usually, my favorite is the one I am working on writing right now.  From the Springfield CD, I am especially fond of Stones in My Pocket and Settle In.

IMD What was the first song you ever wrote?

CF I wrote my first song at age 11, when I had a huge crush on my best friend’s big brother.  It was called Sweet Charlie Blues, and I still hope to morph it into a grown-up song and record it on a CD some day.

IMD Would you share with us your own personal life experience with Brain Tumors?

CF Sure.  In 1999, my then 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  I'll say up front that, thankfully, after years of treatments, she is doing fine now.  But there is no way to explain the depths to which something like this changes your life, and how you go about living.  The song Show Me How is my way of expressing the overwhelming feelings that come about upon initial diagnosis.  I have no doubt that the songwriting process will have more to reveal of this experience in the future.  In the mean time, I do volunteer work to help out families dealing with brain tumors, and do my best to continue guiding the wonderful young woman that my daughter has become. 
 

IMD What’s next for Cheryl Fare?

CF Well, I have a very busy home life parenting 2 teens.  So, for now, I keep things simple.  My goal is to write more songs, do more live shows, and start recording a second CD in 2011.

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interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.

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