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Mantra

by Sheri Miller

A poetic, passionate, genuine artist with a sexy, soulful voice, and deep emotional honesty. Gorgeous...pure magic inspired by The Beatles. A stunning debut CD from a visionary artist. "A star on the rise."
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1. Waste My Breath
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2. Mantra (I'm In Love)
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3. Devil In White
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4. All He Has To Do
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5. Right Here, Right Now
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Alluring…She makes a powerful first impression, and then, even better, a series of more complex and lasting ones.”
-Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone

“Brilliant…gorgeous…The best way to describe Sheri Miller is to say she’s a star in waiting.”
-Wildy, Wildy’s World

"Terrific talent…a multiple threat…Miller is a gifted musician…artful songwriter… genuine."
-Ken Copabianco, Cape Cod News / Boston Globe

"Exquisite sensitivity...talented…steadfastly original."
-Anne O' Neary, Music Connection Magazine

"Superior…sexy…unmistakable…New York City’s best kept singer-songwriter secret.”
-Tom Semioli, Amplifier Magazine

“Inspiring and induces joy…a breath of fresh air…sparkling tunes. Miller (is)…a star.”
-Arthur Orfanos, Performer Magazine

“Sheri Miller...Timeless…classic.”
-Kevin Mathews, TODAY online

"An honesty and elegance rarely found."
-Marcy Drexler, National Academy of Popular Music, Songwriter's Hall of Fame
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Sheri Miller was born in Long Island, New York, in an extremely musical and creative home. Her mother was an opera singer and classical pianist, while her uncle was a recording engineer and musician. Sheri began taking classical piano lessons at age seven, but even then rebelled by composing her own original songs, rather than practicing her classical pieces. She began teaching herself guitar and piano, composing dozens of songs by age ten, and singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Billie Holiday, The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

While Sheri was singing in local Philly blues bands, writing songs secretly in her bedroom, and getting a degree in English and Poetry at U Penn, an incredible coincidence happened to Sheri. She began dreaming of a Casio Keyboard over many months, to help her write songs in her bedroom, instead of walking 20 minutes downtown to the jazz piano practice room. One dreamy Sunday morning, after an especially vivid keyboard dream, Sheri took an alternate scenic path to the library, instead of her usual straight path. She passed a 1-day church sale. To her amazement, she saw and bought the exact same buzzing Casio keyboard she had dreamt of the night before, for $20. This “gentle” push and “tiny miracle” naturally opened and gently nudged Sheri to composing songs on her new keyboard everyday, awakening her artistry. She says “Since then I believe coincidences are just visible lines in our destiny.”

Sheri further polished her artistry and songwriting voice in New York. During the evenings, Sheri was hard at work, paying her musical dues, working incessantly as a solo musician in the big city; fearlessly singing her heart out, banging on her electric sunburst 1969 Guild guitar. She played 4-hour covers gigs in bars and hotels, sometimes 5 nights a week. In the daytime, Sheri played keyboards and sang in a rock band for babies, as a music teacher. In between these hours, when not working hard to pay her rent as a musician, Sheri passionately wrote pages of lyrics and poetry on guitar and piano, dozens of songs.

Upon releasing her critically-acclaimed debut EP “Mantra,” Sheri was named one of Music Connection’s “Hot 100 Unsigned Artists,” and was played on radio stations KCRW, WXPN, KEAO, WAXQ among others. “Mantra” featured 2 underground hits, “Right Here, Right Now,” and “All He Has To Do,” that Sheri began selling sheet music for, as brides requested it to be covered at their wedding ceremonies. Sheri was then asked to join a 4-part vocal harmony group in Nashville, The Delilahs, which soon signed to Sony Music. Sheri began co-writing with legendary songwriters and artists J.D. Souther (The Eagles), Al Anderson (NRBQ), Jill Sobule, Shawn Mullins, Marcus Hummon (Dixie Chicks), Tony Scalzo (Fastball) and Kim Richey, as well as other Grammy-Award winning songwriters.

Upon leaving the group, Sheri soon released her critically-acclaimed EP “Winning Hand,” produced, mixed and engineered by Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel), that featured musicians Will Lee on bass, Charley Drayton on drums and Gerry Leonard on guitars.

On the dovetail of "Winning Hand" Sheri was given another wonderful opportunity. She recorded a new song, “ I Could Love You Still,” produced by Will Lee. It featured Steve Cropper on electric guitar, Paul Shaffer on B3 organ, Will on bass, Shawn Pelton on drums, Tabitha Fair and Will on harmonies, and was mixed by Frank Filipetti. Sheri released this highly anticipated song in 2012, and released the “I Could Love You Still” music video in 2013. She was featured as a guest on PBS show, “One On One With Steve Adubato,” that aired in 2013. Sheri is currently recording 3 original holiday songs, and is in pre-production to record her first album in 2014.

Contact: info@sherimiller.com

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First secret admission...I discovered the Beatles late. Well, at least a little bit later than the people who pretty much claim they were chilling in the womb listening to the White Album on tiny Sony headphones. Jon Brion changed my life one Friday night, about 10 years ago at Club Largo in Los Angeles, when he played some wildly gorgeous, intricate, dark, songs with Elliott Smith. I was too young and naive to even realize what I was witnessing. Fiona Apple is a true original and so self-possessed artistically. Love her. Anyone named Elvis. Stevie Wonder's music makes me want to get up, clap my hands, and sing in a gospel choir. He is the human form of joy. Johnny Cash is the closest thing we have to a modern-day American hero and reminds me in some ways of my cowboy grandfather, Barney, who wears sunglasses and boleros at age 93. Lucinda Williams' songs are so amazingly simple and direct (Essence record and "Sweet Old World") they make me want to take up a drug habit. Just kidding, mom. Bob Dylan is some sort of prophet in black sunglasses, who makes me want to read the Bible. Etta James is my biggest singing influence, God bless her. Rodgers & Hart (Bewitched, My Funny Valentine), Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, The Stones, Donny Hathaway, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Muddy Waters, Dinah Washington. I do love classical and jazz--I've been meaning to pour a midnight glass of red Shiraz and get deeper into Miles Davis. But, of course, Charles Bukowski's poetry, so raw and real and gross and delicate. What a beautiful monster man he was. Maya Angelou, who makes me want to crawl into golden-lit sunflower fields at dusk to write poetry as the sun fades into stardust. "The God of Small Things" tempts me to steal every line for a song. My tall and beautiful angels who protect me in their swirling white light. Dreaming and waking up in that groggy half-awake state, where the air is open and you can grab the little tiny particle things, the invisible beauty of creativity, passing by. Hopefully you'll touch inspiration. Even for just a moment.


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Dave Markowitz


I saw Sheri a few years back as part of a multiple performer showcase. In just a few songs, her intimacy with the audience was palpable. I felt like she was singing just to me; goosebumps were easily born. I've seen her a few times since and her singing and songwriting is only getting better and better. There's a message, a sincerity, and an edge not found on most performers in her genre. But nothing I say will convince you more than a few listens on your own. Click on the links and let yourself get transported to Sheriland. I'm already a resident; maybe we'll meet for tea.
-Dave Markowitz, former Executive Director of the NYC Folk Music Collective, currently an Intuitive Health Consultant

LU MAC

Phenomenal CD Of Sheri Miller
I have listened to all tracks of Sheri Miller\'s CD \"Mantra\" and i am impressed!! Her voice is fascinating, her songs are all engaging! I definitely recommend Sheri Miller\'s CD, It is a must to have! Ever since i heard her voice i am craving for more. I look forward to getting her next cd. The lyrics of all her songs are unique and I admire Sheri more when i found out she does not only play the guitar but plays piano as well. What an incredible talent! To all music lover, buy Sheri Miller\'s CD, it is excellent and to me it is beyond perfect!!! Kudos to Sheri Miller!

Michael John

Discover the Mantra
Sheri Miller is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who brings back real substance and passion to music. Her EP “Mantra” shows exactly that. Instead of using sex to sell her songs, she uses her songs to sell love, positivity and independence. Following such contemporaries as Michelle Branch and Norah Jones, Sheri Miller infuses her songs with soulful, breathy vocals and foot-stomping rhythms. Standout tracks include:
‘Waste My Breath’ – A killer track that encompasses chugging rhythms, tell-him-off lyrics, bluesy vocals and a catchy pop chorus. This song should be the theme song for some female-oriented TV show!
‘Mantra (I’m In Love)’ – features comforting, soothing vocals and haunting piano; This track will make you feel like you’re on holy ground and nothing evil can touch you.
Get this album, and her new one “Winning Hand” as well. You won’t be disappointed.

Alan Goren

Great, fresh music!
Sheri Miller's first studio CD is sure to please any fan - if you've never heard her, its about time! She shows the ability to play many styles in excellent form, and is reminiscent of some of my favorites - Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, KT Tunstall & more. Highly recommended, waiting for the next one!

George Corish

Mantra: A Great Beginning...
I have been a fan and follower of Sheri Miller's music for a few years and she has finally delivered an excellent EP for others to discover.

The album leads off with the powerful "Waste My Breath" which has to be one of the sexiest "kiss-off" songs ever written. The title track is a sultry piano torch song delivered with a nod to Fiona Apple. "Devil in White" is a moving funk groove about facing temptation. "All He Has to Do" is a lovely, intimate confessional that leans toward a lullaby-like trance. Following is "Right Here, Right Now"; a beautiful testament to love and commitment. Closing up is "The Blade"; a dark look at the reality of pain with a positive message.

Expect to hear a lot more from and about Sheri Miller...

Danielle Chillemi/TravelMasseuse

An Amazing Album.
This album is amazing! An absolute must-buy. Sheri is just incredible & I can't get enough of her music. Truly a brilliant artist.

Ossi Tikkanen

Amazing singer/songwriter!!!
Sheri Miller is one of the best young singer/songwriters at the moment. Everybody should listen to this amazing CD!

Sheri Rioux

Amazing!!!
Sheri Miller's voice will transend you to another place. I love every song!!!