About Cheryl Keyes and Her Record Label Company in Los Angeles, CA

Before starting the record label company in Los Angeles, California, singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, and flutist Cheryl Keyes began her musical journey in the rich musical heritage of Louisiana. Exposed to blues, gospel, jazz, zydeco, soul, rhythm and blues, funk, and classical music, in addition to a healthy sonic dose of Mahalia Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, and Sarah Vaughan, Keyes started to study piano at seven, and the flute at eleven. Influenced by Michel Legrand, Lalo Schifrin, and Quincy Jones, she took an interest in music production services, such as arranging and composing. Accordingly, she wrote her first band arrangement at the age of thirteen. Upon graduating from Southern University Laboratory High School, she entered Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans on a music scholarship.

Performing occasionally on the local scene with jazz clarinetist Alvin Batiste, and appearing on flute and piano with Clark Terry and his All-Girls All-Star Band at the Wichita (Kansas) Jazz Festival, Keyes culminated her New Orleans years with two LP's under her belt, The Other Side of Eddie Bo, in which she was featured on flute, piano, as a composer-arranger alongside the legendary New Orleans rhythm and blues singer-piano player Eddie Bo, and as keyboardist on Alvin Batiste's LP Musique d'Afrique Nouvelle Orleans. Following her graduation from Xavier, Keyes wanted to explore other passions. As such, she attended graduate school at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she studied music production services and ethnomusicology.

Cheryl Keyes and Her Record Label Company in Los Angeles, CA

Cheryl Keyes returned to the music scene with a refreshed perspective and musical vision. In the summer of 2005, she made her Los Angeles debut where she performed as vocalist, pianist, flutist, and was featured as a composer-arranger with the Instrumental Women® Project's Lady Jazz concert series held at the Ford Amphitheatre. Don Heckman, jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times, sums up Keyes's "inventive flute soloing and dark-toned vocals on 'Sleeping With the Enemy' [as] superb...." The following year, she performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the historic Hollywood Bowl, and was invited to serve as musical-artistic director for the Lady Jazz: Blues in the Summertime concert at the Ford Amphitheatre, which was a sold-out performance. Three years later, Keyes released her debut CD Let Me Take You There on her own independent record label, Keycan Records. Her tenacity, work ethic, and do it yourself attitude led her to win an NAACP award for Outstanding World Music Album.

Following the accomplishments from her recording label, Keyes took off time to raise her twin boys and continued her teaching career at UCLA while performing on the local circuit in Los Angeles. While her husband was preparing for a film role in the disco-laden romance-horror-comedy, she was inspired to create two songs — "Hollywood Vine" and "Want You" in which she composed, arranged, and performed vocals and backgrounds. Unlike so many female singers today, Keyes is distinguished by her versatility at songwriting, music production services, composing, arranging, and performing in various styles as well as by her unique voice. In quoting Jerry Moss, co-founder of A&M Records, "Keyes has a style all her own." Without a doubt, Cheryl Keyes is truly a phenomenal talent! 

For more information go to www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/keyes-cheryl