I had the privilege of hearing Sherrol sing at a worship service a couple months ago and immediately became intrigued by her captivating vocals. She sings with such conviction and really captivates the meaning of the songs she sings. She currently has a single out on iTunes and Amazon Music called "Surround Me" released by Crews Control Entertainment.
We got the chance to talk with Sherrol, Let's see what she had to say!
KingdomSoldNYC: Let's start with who you are and where you're from?
Sherrol: I was born in the born Bronx NY and raised in Brentwood NY. I am the sixth of seven children; I have a twin brother, so we are the youngest out of everyone. I have a daughter who is nine years old. I started singing when I was about three years old. My mom started everyone at age three as soon as you start making sounds she began teaching us to sing.
She had two choirs- The Voices of Hope Choir and The other called the Long Island Voices. The VOH was more of a church choir, and we did Gospelfest and the Pathmark competition. We were winners of both, and we traveled the world with that choir. Then she did a community choir where she brought in kids that were in need, kids that were gang members- she took kids off the street and tried to get them in a better place. That choir was called The Long Island Voices, and we traveled the world going to places like Trinidad and Italy. So that is pretty much how I started singing, and once I started getting older, I branched off by myself trying to do a solo thing. I used to be very shy and didn't want to speak. That changed as I got older. I started singing at different churches; I recently did a competition in CT where the judges were Dorinda Clark, Jacky Clark, Donald Lawrence and James Hall. I won the competition, and I will be doing Nationals sometime this year. I currently have a single out called "Surround Me." So far everything is going well.
Watch Sherrol's Performance @ SMAC Artist Showcase Competition
KingdomSoldNYC: You mentioned that you grew up singing, but what made you decide that you wanted to be a solo artist?
Sherrol: I would say it started in my early twenties! In the beginning, I was shy and didn't want to do it, but people began asking me to come out and sing. Once they started complimenting me and telling me things like you have a beautiful gift, and you're anointed, I heard them but didn't pay attention to what they were saying. I didn't believe in myself as much as I do now and just to hear more and more people say the same thing has had an impact on me as a singer. A lot more people encouraged me to be a solo artist. I went to one church and a little girl probably about eleven years old she came up to me and said: "you touched me." When she said that it put a marking on my life where I realized that this is what God called me to do. Reaching a young person touched me, and that is why I went forth as a solo artist- to reach young people that cry out in silence and to uplift people.
KingdomSoldNYC; That's an awesome testimony to have. A lot of what we do as believers are rooted in uplifting or ministering to others by bridging them to Christ. If you have a gift that enhances your delivery of the Gospel message, by all means, use it to win souls and touch people's hearts and lives. You never know what they might need or when they might need it, but in being obedient to the Holy Spirit using you in your gifting, you will be that on time encouragement for someone that maybe experiencing a moment in the harder side of life.
Sherrol: Right, exactly!
KingdomSoldNYC: Sherrol, I have to ask this. How do you separate yourself from other artists? Is there a unique thing that you do or a unique style that you have? ... We are in a day and time where there are a lot of aspiring gospel artist?
Sherrol: I believe I stand out in a way where I do not limit myself to reaching out to people within our community and race. I try to reach out to different races and cultures. I also do it in a way where I reach young people. I will be starting a foundation called "Break The Silence of Abuse" where youth and young adults that have been abused and are dealing with depression, thoughts of suicides and things like that. I do my songs where it uplifts them. That is pretty much how I separate myself because a lot of what I've seen and watched, people are not doing that. They're focused on getting records out. That's not my focus. My focus is trying to reach other cultures and race because it is not only our race that serves a God or knows who God is. I try to reach out to others and especially those who have the want, to know God as well. That's pretty much how I'm different from others.
KingdomSoldNYC: You said some valid point that is true, and that is an impressive focal point to have. Not just to sing and put out records but to aim to reach beyond the music. We are drawing close to the end of the 1s quarter of the year, any plans for the rest of 2017 that you would like to accomplish?
Sherrol: One- Finishing my album that is getting ready to come out. Two- Start building my foundation with " Break The Silence of Abuse." Three- Finish my book! In 2013 I started writing a book called "The Hurt Behind Closed Doors, " but I stopped. Dealing with my life I put it on hold because certain things you go through can bring back memories when you start writing about it. It can shut you down, and I stopped. I am now getting back on track with it. Those are my main goals and hopefully start touring and visiting different states, helping others that are in need all around.
KingdomSoldNYC: Yes that's awesome. Any upcoming events?
Sherrol: In May an EP release concert. The date will be set soon so stay tuned for that.
KingdomSoldNYC: Any shout outs that you would like to give?
Sherrol: Shout out to my mom, my dad and my daughter, Shantel. Shout out to Cherrelle for everything that she is doing, being my musician and being dedicated to what we are doing.
KingdomSoldNYC: Sherrol it's been awesome talking with you, but we love to ask this question. Do you have an encouraging word for anyone that may come across this interview?
Sherrol: Never give up on your dream. Never let anyone tell you can not do it. Keep pressing and keep moving on. Pray, Pray, Pray and move forward as God leads.
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