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Cherise is a Jazz, Neo Soul, R & B, and Gospel vocalist, a song writer, a lyricist and a musician who began singing and performing publicly at a very young age. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Cherise was encouraged to sing in a family where musical participation was expected of everyone and family gatherings always ended with melodic voices floating into four and five part harmonies.

Cherise's first professional appearance was at the age of five. At age twelve, she began directing choirs and playing the piano for church services with her mother. Cherise and her mother, both singers and musicians, went on to perform together at civic events and education conferences. In 1987, the mother-daughter team performed "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" for more than 10,000 people at the inaugural ceremony of Baltimore's first elected African-American mayor.

For the next few years, Cherise performed with several musical groups, recorded political campaign theme songs, voiceovers, and background vocals, composed songs, and wrote lyrics. Then, life got in the way and she lost touch with music.

In 2004, Cherise was re-introduced to the music industry by her vocalist friend, the late Jeff Rush. She began performing with local bands as a background singer and quickly found her way to the front of the stage.

Cherise currently performs with several musical groups, but recently fulfilled her dream of having her own all-lady band. Sapphire Exchange is comprised of some of the most incredible female musicians on the east coast. Many of the ladies of Sapphire Exchange have performed with renowned artists throughout the country and around the world.

Cherise and Sapphire Exchange, based out of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, bring the sophistication of a woman's touch to the jazz scene. Pulling from numerous genres and styles of music, these sophisticated ladies of jazz express soulful, sensual, and playful melodic colorings that capture, inspire, and touch the hearts of audiences, both young and old.