Inspired by many great artistes, such as Whitney Houston, Maria Carey, Celine Dion, Beres Hammond, Mighty Sparrow and Harry Belafonte, Cheryl Vincent aka Cheryl V, is a dynamic singer/songwriter, cultural ambassador, registered nurse and community organizer.
This talented Grenada-born artiste, got her start in the performing arts industry at age 11 as one of the original members of one of Grenada's top performing cultural groups, Spice Island Youthquake. From 1981 to 1985 as a young teen she toured England, Scotland, Ireland, the USA and Canada, performing with the group. In 1985 she migrated to the United States and has since then resided in Brooklyn, NY, where she continues to pursue her passion for music and culture and has been involved in various Grenadian/Caribbean organizational and public events.
After arriving to the United States, Cheryl teamed up with some past members of Spice Island Youthquake who had also migrated to the United States and started Quake USA Cultural Organization, an offspring of the original group. Quake USA is now one of the top Grenadian/Caribbean folk performing groups in New York, of which Cheryl is one of the founding members and lead performers. In its almost 30 years of existence, Cheryl has been singing, dancing, and acting with the group, as well as training and mentoring new members.
Cheryl is also an independent recording artiste and is well known by Grenadians and others in the Diaspora for her involvement in culture over the years. She competed in the Grenada Independence Calypso Monarch Competition in 1996 and 1997, and received the "Crowd Favorite Award" in 1996. Cheryl has also sung with various bands, such as Caribbean In Synch, the HiLites and Prudence Glory -- a gospel band. In addition she has performed and recorded background vocals for various local artistes, including well-known calypsonian Beckett.
Additionally, Cheryl has performed as a solo artiste at many NYC events, including concerts, weddings, and cultural events. She has been a regular performer at the annual Grenada Independence Ball and the annual Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique Day Celebrations, wowing the audiences with her amazing renditions of the Grenada and USA National anthems and other selections.
Noted for her versatility in multiple genres - reggae, gospel, folk, soulful R&B, jazz and Pop, Cheryl V has already recorded and released four CD albums. Her first one, "Merry Christmas" (a mix of original and popular seasonal covers done in calypso and reggae), in 1996; her second, "Got Game" (R&B), in 2005; her third, “Unconditional Love” (R&B/Pop), in 2012; and her fourth, "Cheryl V's Christmas Favorites” (traditional and religious classics of various genres), in 2013. Currently, she is working on her fifth and sixth album, one reggae, the other gospel and folk.
Cheryl is also a Registered Nurse with a BSN from Hunter College. She serves with distinction as a highly respected registered nurse with 24-plus years of service at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Over the years she has earned several performance awards for excellence in patient care, mentoring and preceptoring new nurses, and for employee of the month.
In the spirit of giving back to her community, in 2012 she teamed up with Jathniel Thomas -- a music teacher and owner of Japat Recording Studio in Brooklyn, to form Moonstone Productions, a music production and artist development establishment, which seeks to mentor young underprivileged, talented artists.
Cheryl also recently started doing business as Cheryl V Music -- focused on creating more music, live performances, mentoring the youths, promoting folk and cultural music, and doing charitable acts. Currently, she is working on a project to collect and donate essential medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and health centers in Grenada and other Caribbean states. This initiative is in collaboration with Dr. Roy Hastick of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Christine Grant, an occupational therapist and co-director of Quake USA; Star Shipping; Carib-South Airways; Gerry Hopkin, a marketing and public relations consultant; and Fr. Leroy Hopkin in Grenada. Thus far, one shipment has been sent containing incontinent briefs and feeding tubes.
Cheryl also co-hosts "Afterwork Networking Wednesdays" - a monthly professional business networking event held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Trelawni Place Seafood Bar & Grill, in Brooklyn, which gives local small business owners and individuals an opportunity to share and obtain useful best practices information, and to promote and market their services, products and talents.
Her most important role, however, is that of mother to her 16 year old daughter, Cherayna Rullow, a budding recording artist and thespian who thus far has done several musical productions with the Brooklyn Childrens Theater, and plans to pursue musical theater in the future.
Cheryl’s music is available online at cdbaby.com. For bookings contact her manager, Gerry Hopkin of Hopkins Consulting Group via inbox at “Cheryl V” on Facebook, or email to email@example.com, or by calling 347-350-4285.