Sherrié Austin

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Sherrié Austin
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Sherrié Austin onboard the USS Enterprise in 2004
Background information
Birth name Sherrie Veronica Krenn
Born (1970-08-28) 28 August 1970 (age 44)
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1992–present
Labels Arista Nashville
WE Records/Madacy
Broken Bow
Circus Girl, LLC
Associated acts Colorhaus
Website www.sherrieaustinmusic.com

Sherrie Veronica Krenn (born 28 August 1970, Sydney, Australia), known professionally as Sherrié Austin, is an Australian actress and singer. Active as a singer since her teenage years, Austin initially recorded as one half of the duo Colourhaus, which also featured Phil Radford. After leaving Colourhaus, she recorded one album in her native Australia before moving to the United States in pursuit of a singing career. There, she recorded four studio albums, and charted several singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest-charting single was the No. 18 "Streets of Heaven" in 2003. She has sold over 430,000 albums and 288,000 singles in her career, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[1] Her fifth album was released on 15 November 2011.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Austin got her start in music opening for Johnny Cash in Australia at the age of 14. She later moved to the United States where she took up acting. She is most known in the United States for playing the role of Pippa McKenna on The Facts of Life in 1987. In 1991 she appeared as "Lady Penelope" on episode No. 20 of the first season of the TV comedy series Fresh Prince of Bel Air starring Will Smith.[2] In the 1990s, she started a singing career, teaming up with Phil Radford in 1992 to form a duo called Colourhaus, which released one album, Water to the Soul.[3]

Nashville move[edit]

Afterward, Austin moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in country music. Her first solo contract was with Arista Nashville, with the album Words being released in 1997. It produced singles in "Lucky in Love", "One Solitary Tear", "Put Your Heart into It", and "Innocent Man". "Lucky in Love" and "Put Your Heart into It" both reached Top 40 on the country charts with a peak of No. 34 each.

Her second and final album for Arista was 1999's Love in the Real World, led off by the No. 29 "Never Been Kissed", which was followed by "Little Bird." After RCA acquired Arista Records, Austin's publishing company, Reynsong Publishing, formed Wrensong Entertainment and signed to Madacy Entertainment for her next album, Followin' a Feelin', which produced another single in its lead-off single, a cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene".

Later, she switched to the independent Broken Bow Records label. Her fourth album of country music, titled Streets of Heaven, produced her biggest country hit in its title track. Following this single was "Son of a Preacher Man", a cover of the Dusty Springfield song, which was never included on an album.

Broadway years[edit]

Austin moved to New York City in 2005 and appeared in the New York Musical Theater Festival's production of Bonnie & Clyde. The New York Times commented that she was "a sultry young country music singer who plays the notorious criminal Bonnie Parker and does for this musical what Reba McEntire did for the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun. That twang in her voice provides some much-needed authenticity in excellent pop-country numbers like "Ain't Goin' Back." And it's easy to tell by her hip-swiveling poses that this is a woman who knows how to hold a stage."[4]

The following year, Austin performed in Ring Of Fire- The Johnny Cash Musical Show[5] at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. She also performed in the production of Warrior, a musical about the American-Indian athlete Jim Thorpe, where CurtainUp.com described her as "outstanding."[6] She returned to Nashville in 2006.

Return to Nashville[edit]

Austin co-wrote Danielle Peck's 2007 single "Bad for Me", the title track to Blake Shelton's 2008 album Startin' Fires, George Strait's "Where Have I Been All My Life" off his 2009 album Twang, and Tim McGraw's duet, with wife Faith Hill, "Shotgun Rider" off his Let It Go album in 2007.[7] Austin left Broken Bow in 2008.[8]

She was named one of 2011's "25 Most Beautiful People" by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine.[9]

In the summer of 2011, The Sundance Channel announced that Austin and her friend Shane Stevens would be on the second season of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, which was filmed in Nashville and features women and their gay best friends.[10] The season started 18 November 2011.

Latest release[edit]

Austin's most recent album, Circus Girl, her first in eight years, is described as a series of stories interpreted by a strong woman, about women, and for women, and Sherrié feels it’s something her female fans have been clamoring for, for quite some time.[11]

"The last few years I had been complaining about that fact that there weren’t any females speaking to women above the age of 30, so I started thinking about how I was writing my songs and came up with the idea for “Friday Night Girls" ...I wanted to write a three minute song with every Sex and the City episode that had ever existed, so I did. I quickly noticed that the women in my audiences loved it and so I switched my songwriting focus for a while to concentrate on that audience, who are my peers, to speak to them,” says Austin.[11]

Circus Girl was released independently on 15 November 2011.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Indie US Heat
Water to the Soul
(as Colourhaus)
Words 41 35
Love in the Real World
  • Release date: 10 August 1999
  • Label: Arista Nashville
14 150 8
Followin' a Feelin' 43 38
Streets of Heaven 22 144 6 3
Circus Girl
  • Release date: 15 November 2011
  • Label: Circus Girl, LLC
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[12]
US
[12]
CAN Country
1992 "Innocent Child" 50 Water to the Soul (as Colourhaus)
"Moving Mountains"
1997 "Lucky in Love" 34 31 Words
"One Solitary Tear" 41 85
1998 "Put Your Heart into It" 34 104 36
"Tenderly"
"Innocent Man" 74 87
1999 "Never Been Kissed" 29 89 31 Love in the Real World
"Little Bird" 49 43
2001 "Jolene" 55 * Followin' a Feelin'
"Time, Love and Money" *
"In the Meantime" *
2003 "Streets of Heaven" 18 113 * Streets of Heaven
2004 "Drivin' into the Sun" 50 *
"Son of a Preacher Man" 46 * N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1997 "Lucky in Love" Roger Pistole
"One Solitary Tear" Steven Goldmann
1998 "Put Your Heart Into It" Gerry Wenner
1999 "Never Been Kissed" Morgan Lawley
"Little Bird"
2001 "Jolene" Peter Zavadil
"In the Meantime"[13] David McClister
2003 "Streets of Heaven"
2004 "Drivin' Into the Sun" Gerry Wenner
2011 "Naughty or Nice"[14] David Shamban

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nielsen.soundscan.com/ Nielsen SoundScan
  2. ^ Episode Guide, Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p210972/biography
  4. ^ Zinoman, Jason (2005-09-23). "NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATER FESTIVAL REVIEWS - The Ballad Of Bonnie and Clyde - Review - NYTimes.com". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  5. ^ The Broadway League. "Ring of Fire | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  6. ^ "2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, a CurtainUp Feature". Curtainup.com. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Tim McGraw : Lyrics". CMT. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  8. ^ Country Labels Keep Rosters Full Despite Album Sales Dip
  9. ^ "Nashville Lifestyles". Nashville Lifestyles. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  10. ^ Sundance Channel Announces New Season of GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS
  11. ^ a b SherrieAustinMusic.com
  12. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 36. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  13. ^ "CMT : Videos: Sherrie Austin: In the Meantime". Country Music Television. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos: Sherrie Austin: Naughty or Nice". Country Music Television. Retrieved 13 November 2011.