Cheryl Christine has been a mainstay of the Hilton Head and Lowcountry live music scene for over 30 years! The songbird arrived in the Spring of 1987 and has been entertaining visitors and locals ever since. Her first gig here was for Tom Reilley in Harbourtown. This beautiful Minnesota-born blond, singing and playing the piano with a unique blend of tender finesse and barrelhouse gusto, was just what Hilton Head needed. Her popularity translated into co-ownership of Casablanca Piano Bar in 1988.
She toured Europe three times in that decade, especially Sweden, where she developed friendships that survive to this day. After signing with Comstock Records – Cheryl recorded at Tom T. Hall’s Recording Studio in Nashville. She charted Top Ten in England on the Peugeot Playbill and in the Independent Country Charts in the U.S. with her own compositions and recordings.
By 1991, she was ready to take the leap, and she opened Cheryl’s LeCabaret Piano Bar. LeCabaret (now The Sage Room) was a popular hangout for locals and a true discovery for visitors. “I had a really great run there,” Cheryl said, but health problems forced her to sell in 2001. “It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” she reflects. “I will always have so many wonderful memories of those days...”
Since closing Le Cabaret, Cheryl attended Savannah College of Art and Design and studied Film and Video Production. She worked in production at WHHI-TV, Chanel 3, on Hilton Head for over three years, taping and editing shows, conducting interviews and on-location shoots.
She continued to perform regularly, and evolve musically, at The Kingfisher, Bistro Mezzaluna, The Jazz Corner, The Hyatt, The Westin and many a private party and a bit of musical theater. She sang and danced under Director Esther Rosen for a Cole Porter Review called “Eight at Eight”. “That was a kick – a lot of rehearsal, but great people and lots of fun!” She is a cancer survivor, a caregiver, and she plays charitable functions for Alzheimer’s, the ASPCA, and The Humane Society.
Cheryl’s musical and entertainment philosophy is straightforward and surprisingly simple. “It’s all about finding that common ground with the audience. The songs are all about emotional places we’ve all been, or the energy/ambience of the present. Either way, the gift of music creates a bond like no other. It’s what I’m all about – my true passion in life.
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