Music Q&A:
Cherri V

The soul songstress, whose latest single Leave Me Be is just out, plays Liverpool Loves Festival, 5 August

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How would you describe your sound?
Soul R&B. I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with several genres of music in the past but my music has always had an undertone of Soul/R&B, mainly because of my vocal style.

What inspires your music and songwriting?
Most, if not all of my songs are from my own personal experiences or taken from the stories around me. Whether that be close friends or family members it’s pretty autobiographical. So the common starting points are my emotional attachments to my own experiences or second hand information.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I believe I’m a lot stronger and have grown another layer of thick skin. I have definitely come into myself and culture a lot more. I realised that I received the most feedback on my raw, honest material over the years so I gravitate towards that calling a lot more. I’ve learnt to motivate myself and be disciplined while still learning to run my own race. I remove the filter as a songwriter now and my current single Leave Me Be is a song I probably would’ve shied away from writing a few years ago, so the growth is evident.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’m sculpting my album Brown Eyed Soul at the moment. Getting it right and air tight and loving every minute of that – that’s my focus and it feels great to be in this space.

What’s on your rider?
My rider is pretty boring to be honest. Here goes: Manuka honey; fresh lemons; fresh ginger; kettle/hot water. New addition: Barefoot Moscato.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I was once introduced on stage as Sherry Five. EPIC lol.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Sisqo, Thong Song.

What’s your worst lyric?
That will never see the light of day. It’s buried deep in the back of my mind.

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