SongVault Artist Profile
California, United States
Praise / Worship / Christian Urban / R&B
Sherrie Keys is a contemporary gospel recording artist who captivates audiences with her elegant, hauntingly beautiful voice. Armed with a warm spirit, an infectious smile, a generous heart and a passion for missions outreach, Sherrie Keys' abundant gifts serve as a platform for ministry beyond music. When asked why she's joined a robust gospel music arena, Keys replies: "America doesn't need another gospel singer. But there are places all over the world mired in poverty, death, despair and disease that could use a song. There's 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty globally that need a song. A song can be a catalyst for change. A song can uplift a nation."
Keys grew up in Memphis, specifically South Memphis near Stax Records. She observes: "Memphis is a wonderful fusion of gospel, Delta blues, soul, country, jazz, rock, rockabilly and cat meows. I'm not a gospel purist though I was raised in a holiness (Church of God in Christ) home. I'm not sure how you would describe my vocal style. I'm not ornate. You'll never catch me doing riffs and runs unless I've had too much caffeine.
When asked why did it take her so long to record, she replies: "God's timing differed from mine. Besides, I have an aversion to self-promotion. The kind of adulation normally reserved for secular artists seems strange in a gospel arena. The dichotomy is that art demands self-expression. The best musical artists are rewarded for creating a buzz. I'm clueless as to how to create a buzz. If I could walk on water, open blind eyes or raise Lazarus from the dead, people would definitely sit up and take notice."
This Memphis native is a COGIC daughter and a long-time member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, pastored by Bishop Charles E. Blake. Her music ministry will certainly lift the spirit, warm the heart and soothe the weary soul. She is an anointed and gifted psalmist with an inspiring message of God's grace for those with ears eager to hear.
For your listening pleasure, we present Sherrie Maria Keys.