Cherine Anderson

"Entertainment is my passion.
I stay hungry for this, it is my life!"

She stands at five feet, three inches tall, soaking up the world with a voice reminiscent of pure and untainted soul. What kind of soul? According to songstress Cherine Anderson, this soul is unlike any other, for it is Dancehall Soul, "a mixture of reggae, dancehall, soul and R&B, truly incorporating the grittiness of her past with the sweetness of the things to which she has been exposed." In this modern day parade of glamour, glitz, and unmerited superstardom, Cherine truly embodies star-like qualities. She is a triple threat: singer, songwriter and acclaimed Jamaican actress, having starred in two of Jamaica's most successful films, Dancehall Queen (1997) and One Love (2003). Lately, Cherine has been focusing her attention on writing music and collaborating with industry giants like Sly & Robbie, David Norland (Madonna, Janet Jackson, Dallas Austin), JeekyMan (Lil Kim), as well as prominent Jamaican producers such as Steven "Lenky" Marsden (Sean Paul) and Christopher Birch (Shaggy). Reggae and urban radio stations in Jamaica, the US, Canada, several European countries, as well as internet radio have already fallen for the sweet voice spilling from their systems courtesy of her debut hit single "Good Love". Cherine quickly followed "Good Love" with a lover's rock duet with Chuck Fenda which quickly topped both the singles and the video charts in Jamaica. Cherine's latest release, "Kingston State of Mind", currently released to radio, provides Cherine's perspective on the realities of the environment in Kingston. This song's content illustrates the songwriting depth that lies in this young artist.

It is important to note that this profound talent did not emerge overnight. In fact, history was in the making at a very young age for Cherine. Born in Rockfort in East Kingston, Jamaica, her parents Derryck & Barbara Anderson kept Cherine and her two older sisters in Sunday school and any other church activity that would keep them off the unstable streets. It was in church that her musical talent was discovered. Cherine explains, "It wasn't so much the message in the church songs that appealed to me at first…it was the passion and strength of peoples' voices." At the age of 12, she became a touring member of Ashe Performing Arts Ensemble, one of the Caribbean's most successful performance companies, and received professional training in dance, music and theatre. In 2003, Cherine combined her two loves, singing and acting, starring in the film One Love. Her voice lent two heartfelt songs to the film's soundtrack, and her acting talent earned her the MTV2/Urbanworld Film Festival Award for best actress in a feature film.

One would think that nothing else could possibly fit into this seemingly superstar equation, yet there is more. Not only does this young woman possess talent, beauty and class, but Cherine is also a highly educated, intelligent young woman as well. Having graduated with honors from the prestigious Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Music and a minor in Japanese Language and Literature, Cherine continuously raises the bar for herself in every aspect of her life. During her college career, her passion and dedication to her craft led her to acquire numerous internships at entertainment companies such as MTV Networks, Interscope Records and the Chris Blackwell owned Palm Pictures and Palm Records.

"The world needs to hear more reggae and dancehall from a female's perspective.
I feel blessed to have such great legacy set by Bob Marley, Shabba etc…
But I want to be a part of the female movement out of Jamaica
that makes a similar or even greater impression on the world."

According to reggae legend Sly Dunbar, "Cherine is the real deal. A truly strong vocalist on hard core reggae riddims with the ability and potential to surpass Jamaican audiences to reach the masses." With all the attention on reggae, reggaeton and dancehall on the international market, Cherine has all the right ingredients: vocal and acting talent, beauty, intellect and a solid understanding of the entertainment industry, to be more than just a successful artist - but a Caribbean brand.

Some Cherine Facts
  • Cherine co-starred in the film Dancehall Queen playing the sexually molested teen daughter Tanya in 1997
  • Cherine has written for Bootsy Collins and appears with Fat Joe on the song entitled "Soul Sister" on Bootsy's 2003 release "Playing With Bootsy"
  • Cherine's first release was a cover of Gloria Estefan's "Party Time" in 1998
  • Cherine studied Japanese Language and Literature at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan
  • Cherine has three songs which appear in the film "One Love"
  • Cherine recorded with Wyclef Jean and Sting while she was still in high school
  • Cherine's official debut single "Good Love" (produced by Sly & Robbie) peaked at #2 on the South Florida reggae charts
  • Cherine's single and video for "Coming Over Tonight" (with Chuck Fender) peaked at #1 in Jamaica
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