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President of iMERICA Entertainment, Michael Button, recently announced that vocalist Cheryl Barnes has just been awarded two major jazz music awards from the Black Women in Jazz & Arts Association.
Barnes is a classically trained jazz singer who got her start in Broadway and film. She starred in Miloš Forman’s 1979 film adaptation of Hair and was in the original Broadway cast of The Magic Show in 1974.
She has currently recorded four albums to date. Her most recent album, Listen To This, includes original music and jazz standards such as I Wish You Love and Why Did I Choose You.
Barnes received the coveted Best Black Female Record of the Year for her highly acclaimed Like Jazz release and she also received the annual honors for Best Black Female Video of the Year for her Like Jazz music video of the same name.
She shared her excitement by saying:
“It’s such an honor to be recognized by this organization as they focus on Black women and women of color within the arts. In the last few years I have realized that it means a great deal to me personally that achievement is recognized.
I chose my path at a young age hoping that I might reach individual hearts and souls. When I was young I might have been giddy about such honors but today I would not even remotely consider taking such recognition lightly.”
To hear more music from Barnes, visit her website: http://cheryldbarnes.com