So Scottsdale magazine pictures Sherry on the cover with the
feature article written by Wendy Rubicam.
"Boo" who will get honorable mention at the a
benefit for the Humane Society of Central Arizona in June, where Sherry will be performing with Joel Robin, Gerry
Reynolds, John Willis, and Tony Vacca.
NEWS - October 2009:
on line at
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
for the second
year in a row at the Los Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood.
Sherry performed at the main event at the Music Box Theater,
accompanied by John Proulx, Matt Mayhall, and Ryan Roberts.
More news is available at
OF THE YEAR at the Phoenix Music Awards where she performed at the
event held at SKYE in Peoria, AZ.
second album is underway. Joining her on the project at
Tempest Recording with Clarke Rigsby producing, are Michael Kocour
(piano), Mike King (bass), Jerry Donato (sax), Bill Moio (guitar),
Doug Mann (guitar), Steve Gold (organ), Dom Moio (drums, percussion), and Todd Chuba
performance at LIFE ON WILSHIRE in Los Angeles, Sherry is
named Producers Choice / Showcase Series nominee for the 2008 Los
Angeles Music Awards: Jazz Performer of the year.
NEWS - December 2007:
Sherry was awarded
JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR
2007 Los Angeles Music Awards
Sherry Petta and her band performed her original song "WAITING" at
the Los Angeles Music Awards which was held November 29, 2007, at the Music Box
Theater in Hollywood. Joining her on stage were
Dave Henning (piano),
Pete Gitlin (guitar), Steven VonWald (saxophone), Ryan Roberts
and Andy Ziker (drums).
At age four,
Sherry decided she wanted to play the piano. Her parents got her
a piano when she turned five, and music became a focal point in
her life. Whether it was watching the Sound of Music for the 27th
time, taking piano lessons twice a week, participating in local
talent shows, playing the piano for friends or grandparents, or
listening to the radio, Sherry surrounded herself with music --
and she still does.
"My parents always wanted to hear me play, and while they
seemed to enjoy my singing, they were my parents, of course they'd
enjoy my singing. They always encouraged me... and they always
kept my music going. But there have been people in my life
I recall hearing things like, Sherry, do you have to sing so loud? Now,
I just think... no, I really don't,
I can just turn up the mic."
Sherry played the piano for several years at St. Maria Goretti
church in Scottsdale, AZ, St. Phillips in Pasadena, CA, and St.
Thomas the Apostle, in Phoenix, AZ, where she met great musicians
and friends. From these relationships, she was asked to sing occasionally
with the Soul Solution (Motown style band) and got an idea that
singing many songs throughout an evening was much better than
waiting two hours for a turn to sing one song in a smoke-filled
It wasn't until February 2004, however, that Sherry recognized
that people really wanted to hear her sing. And, the song
she wrote in 2003 (WAITING) got some good feedback from friends
and new acquaintances. One person who heard Sherry sing introduced
her to the Pita Jungle in Chandler, AZ, where they have a weekly
open jazz jam session.
"I went there to sing, put my name on the sign up sheet,
I was nervous, and took my name off the list. I didn't think I
sang well enough to sit in with this band."
Two months later, Sherry stopped in at Kazimierz in Scottsdale
where they were having an open jam session; she signed up to
sing, and this time took the mic in hand.
"I went out one evening to an open jazz jam, and a friend
of mine sang. Let's just say... he was a little pitchy. I thought if
get up there, so can I! I remember the first song I sang at Kazimierz, it was TEACH ME TONIGHT; the musicians were fantastic,
the feel was great, and I could see Margo Reed smiling at me... it
was sort of an approval from her and I was honored. The
applause was overwhelming to me. When I
left Kazimierz that night, someone stopped me in the parking lot,
took my open hand, reached up and sprinkled (invisible) stardust
in my hand and then closed my fingers around it. When I
questioned what he was doing, he said, that's IT, it's yours,
you've got it."
Sherry's appreciation for jazz grew steadily with a passion for
all the standards, favoring artists such as Etta James, Frank
Sinatra, Steve Tyrell, Dinah Washington, Dean Martin, Ella
Fitzgerald, and Nat King
Cole. Loving more and more standards (and
writing a few songs of her own), she started singing almost weekly
at local jazz sessions and set the wheels in motion to record her
She had record sales at her cd release party and almost instantly
started getting played on various radio stations across the country,
including six songs from the cd in regular rotation on Phoenix's
STAR 97.5 FM.
Sherry appeared on national TV with host Dave King on QVC,
performing four cuts from
the album during their 20th Birthday celebration show in 2006.
In November 2007,
Sherry and her band performed at the
legendary Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, as well as at the
2007 Los Angeles Music Awards where she was named JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR.
Sherry was honored again at the 2008 LA Music Awards where she
performed music from her upcoming second cd, and was named Jazz
Artist of the Year for the second year in a row.
"I love to
perform, I love to sing, I love this music. People tell
me I'm a cross between Diana Krall and Nora Jones, but I just sing
like me. There's definitely a similarity in the style of music
and I think the focus is coming back to songs that actually sound
When asked about her
favorite performance, Sherry couldn't pin down just one.
something great about every audience. I'm thrilled when I see
how much teens enjoy my music instead of rap! And while I love
the energy of a huge crowd, or watching children run and dance at an
outdoor venue, I also love to pop in at nursing homes and play for a
group of 5 or 20, or at a local spot where everyone knows your name
and you know they enjoy the music. When you can play songs that remind someone of
their sister or their childhood, a special love, or whatever memories they
hold dear, all the sudden you have a connection of the hearts....and
all the sudden, you have smiles."
Sherry hopes everyone will continue to enjoy her music and that parents will
encourage children to listen to "real music" by artists who
are keeping jazz and all of the great American standards alive and
keep the music playing!"
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Sherry's Favorite Pizza!
Stop in for Arizona's best pizza at
Frank Lloyd Wright & the 101,
in Scottsdale, and you'll
probably run into Sherry!