ABOUT CHERYL PARKER... Music has been Cheryl's passion since the age of 4, when she sang with her musical parents in church. Soon she was putting on impromptu shows at home for her family as 'Meadow McKay', her first stage name given to her by her Dad.
In 1978, as a single Mom, she became a registered nurse and earned a second degree in vocal performance from Grand Canyon University — all while running a busy catering business in between classes! She even sang for some of the same events she catered!
Since those early years, she's sung in most of the popular American music styles. After moving to NYC to pursue a career in opera, she was classically trained by Metropolitan Opera and Julliard coaches. Along the way, she decided she preferred singing in English and switched from opera to Broadway cabaret to big band and jazz. Quite a musical journey!
In 1999, Cheryl made her NYC cabaret debut in shows at Danny's Sea Palace on Restaurant Row. Shortly after, she had the tremendous honor of recording a tribute CD to American Songbook composer, Arthur Schwartz, with jazz great, Ken Peplowski, the extraordinary NYC Broadway coach, Paul Trueblood and many of the most talented Broadway pit musicians. The World Is Turning Fast — The Songs of Arthur Schwartz received many fabulous reviews (some hand-written!) from ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre, Michael Kerker, Margaret Whiting, and Show Music Magazine and the CD even got a little play on the radio.
Today, she sings in bands ranging in size from duo up to 17-piece. She is grateful for the many opportunities she's had to sing with many other local and international world-class musicians and friends in both intimate and grand venues on both coasts!
To add to the fun, She's very excited to introduce her new and unique 'cabaret style' shows and invites you to take a look!