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Winning Hand

by Sheri Miller

A wonderful collection of songs, inspired with sexy, soulful vocals, poetic, heartfelt lyrics, and great songwriting. Produced by 5 time Grammy-winner Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel), featuring Will Lee on bass and Charley Drayton on drums.
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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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Hi. Sheri here. 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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RichaFerber

Fantastic Album
I have been following Sheri Miler for over 10 years. I highly recommend her new CD Winning Hand. You should check out her website http://www.sherimiller.com/ for information about the CD Release party for Winning Hand on Tuesday May 24 in NYC. Her shows are always a lot of fun. Also check out her first CD Mantra.

Joe Blatt

Winning Hand
I have been listening to Sheri's music for years. Her first CD Mantra was excellent. I am extatic to finally be able to hear her new CD "Winning Hand" and it was defenitly worth the wait! 5 stars!!!

Higher Plane Music

Stellar Alt. Country
Sheri Miller popped onto my radar a few weeks back and I had to grab her latest EP “Winning Hand” to hear more. With a delightful blend of catchy rock but with hidden depths beneath the outwardly mainstream veneer, it’s a great collection of tracks to treasure.
“Spoons” is adorable. A country uptempo jig with a sweet vocal ad-lib bridge, Sheri’s vocals show a great diversity and range from powerful rock to cute girl band chorus as she sings “we fit just like spoons”. The ukulele is whimsy and it’s just a cute sweet track. “Winning Hand” swings out to the country side of Sheri’s vocals as things go for middle-of-the-road country rock. The guitars all mesh together beautifully and the production is very slick.

“Satellite” is possibly my favourite from the EP with some real outback chugging acoustic guitars and a catchy chorus. There’s a real fluidity to the guitars and vocals and its more punchy than the previous two tracks. “Everybody Feels This Way Sometimes” shows Sheri’s attention to diverting from the traditional rock formulae with use of different samples and noises for muted verses before breaking into anthemic choruses. It showcases the ease at which Miller can transition between different moods and it makes for interesting music throughout. “Hungry For the Truth” closes the EP with a great anthem which show a darker side with a lot of non bright happy chords and reversed guitar samples and some fantastic lyrics.

What “Winning Hand” does is let Sheri Miller touch base at several different styles around the same alt-country rock genre yet the songs all stand out as different. That’s a testimony to the production which is top-notch and the songwriting abilities of our singer/songwriter. Higher Plain Music will certainly be looking out for a full album release to see what other surprises Sheri has in store for you can’t help but feel she’s just scratching the surface with this moreish morsel.

Larry G. -

Alluring- More than a Hit, Sheri hits a second Home Run
I fell in love with Sheri's style and passion when I first heard her sing " Right Here Right Now " from her first album (Mantra) after getting the album it was apparent that her voice is only a vehicle to release the heart and wisdom of a age old soul, captured in the body and mind of a delightfully insightful young woman.

Having just purchased Alluring, I can say that Sheri has done it again. I guess the best way to describe the vibe of the entire album is passionate...in the lyrics and melodies, there is a depth that I've heard from greats like Aretha and Ella, yet in a modern way with timely lyrics that speak to and for my heart in so many ways. I can assure you that after listening ( seemingly non-stop) since purchasing, I believe that Sheri's album is like fine art- revealing more to you as it opens your mind to receive it.

Michael John

The Return of Sheri Miller
Having bought "Mantra", Ms. Miller’s debut CD back in 2008, I’ve been following this young singer/songwriter’s career ever since. She has brought back hope in the concept of the singer/songwriter who actually brings attention to her songs and not herself. I was hoping that whenever she produced a follow-up CD, it would not disappoint. I’m proud to say that "Winning Hand" has exceeded my expectations.
The first track ‘Spoons’ is a heck of a song and a great way to start off the CD. With its catchy sing-along chorus, soulful vocals and friendly harmonies, Sheri Miller sounds like a woman in love.
The title track evokes comparisons to early Fleetwood Mac songs, with its strong songwriting, slinky vocals and great background harmonies. Comparing love to a card game, it makes great analogies such as ‘You got a poker face’ and ‘lay down your cards, I’ll lay down my defenses’.
‘Satellite’ is perfect road-trip music. Having a nice lead guitar ‘following’ behind Sheri’s vocals, it’s a great song to listen to while you’re driving.
The thoughtful lyrics and cool harmonies on ‘Everybody Feels This Way Sometimes’ are great as well. This song bears an optimistic vibe, which is eerily similar to ‘The Blade’ appearing on Sheri’s last album.
The last song, ’Hungry for the Truth’ was not the best on this CD, but does stand out lyrically, touching upon fear, abandonment and lack of trust. This song really hits home with the lyric ‘The truth is not an easy road, but I will walk alone’.
Compared to her preceding album, which had a more New York, harder-edged sound, "Winning Hand" gives a more California-pop/rock, laid back vibe. It brings back a feel of 1970’s Fleetwood Mac or the Eagles, but the tracks are definitely not dated. They are smooth and warm, but not overpowering. At times, Sheri’s vocal styling could be compared to that of Michelle Branch or Sheryl Crow, but the songwriting and singing are all her own. I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes real, feel-good music.

Yvette Muise

worth traveling for . .
Visiting from Montreal, a friend and I saw Sheri Miller performing in NYC.
Just her and her guitar… and it was an amazing evening. Willing to take requests
and very good at covering any song she was asked for she had the crowd singing along and all of us feeling like friends by the end of the evening.
Needless to say.. I had to get her 1st CD… and now here’s a 2nd one. Moving lyrics in one song will make you think…even cry. And then you’ll find yourself dancing around to the next cut.
Talented… versatile …and BTW one of the friendliest people you can meet. That’s her!
Thank you Sheri. For sharing your talent with all of us.
Hope to see you in NYC again someday.
Stay well___ keep happy !

George Corish

A Winning Album!
On her sophomore release Sheri Miller has surrounded herself with studio and touring aces Will Lee (bass), Gerry Leonard (guitars), Charley Drayton (drums); produced and arranged by Kevin Killen.

The lead track "Spoons" should be blowing up on summer radios, tv's and retail establishments much like Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" and Train's "Hey Soul Sister"; it is just that catchy! The title track is a slinky ode to throwing caution to the wind and taking a chance on love. The captivating rhythm and eastern influences on "Satellite" set this song apart. "Everybody Feels This Way Sometimes" is a reinterpretation of a song from Sheri's catalogue which is well suited by the production. "Hungry For the Truth" has a throbbing tribal undertow with a killer bass line a la Dave Matthews Band's "Don't Drink the Water" providing a superb closing to a fine album.

"Winning Hand" also grows with every listen. I keep finding new things in subsequent playings that must be credited to the production.

Hands down "Winning Hand" is two thumbs (and ears) up!!!

George Corish

Buy This Now!
The lead track "Spoons" is as catchy as Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" or Train's "Hey Soul Sister" and should be blowing up radios all summer long! The title track is a slinky ode to throwing caution to the wind and taking chances on love. The captivating rhythm and eastern influence of "Satellite" set this song apart. "Hungry For the Truth" has a throbbing bass line akin to Dave Matthews Band's "Don't Drink the Water" providing a superb closing to a fine album.

Backed by studio and touring aces Will Lee (bass), Gerry Leonard (guitars), Charley Drayton (drums) and produced and engineered by Kevin Killen this album is a Winning Hand!