Cherise Bullock Cassell is a Jazz, Neo Soul, R & B, and Gospel vocalist, a song writer, a lyricist, a poet 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 in melodic singing with voices floating into four and five part harmonies.
Cheriseʼs 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 Black mayor.
Cherise performs with several musical groups, but always dreamed of having her own all- female band. Born of that dream is Sapphire Exchange. The band is made up of some of the most incredible 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 womanʼs touch to the music scene. Pulling from numerous genres and styles of music, these ladies effortlessly express soulful, sensual, and playful melodic colorings that capture, inspire, and touch the hearts of audiences, both young and old.