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Cherlise at the Division 1 Launch Party 2010.
Background information
Birth name Cherlise Forshee
Born 5 November ??
Origin Miami, United States
Genres R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Universal Motown, Division1
Associated acts Rico Love, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne

Cherlise (born Cherlise Forshee,[1] 5 November ?[2]) is an American R&B singer signed to Rico Loves label Division1 and Universal Motown.[3] Cherlise was born in Miami, Florida, United States. Cherlise released her first single Love U Right in 2011, from her mixtape Groundzero.


Early Life and Career Beginnings[edit]

Cherlise was born one of ten children. Born and raised in the Carol City section of Miami, Cherlise developed her interest in music at a very early age. She began writing at the age of 13. This soprano couldn't deny the strong connection she had with music. After deciding to pursue it as a career, she would clean the local studios for free recording time. "...That's how I put together my demo..." says Cherlise. She was discovered by her current manager, Percy Forrest, on the video set for rapper Fat Joe. Cherlise was introduced to songwriter/producer Rico Love. Love and Cherlise worked over the next two years, and when Love closed his deal with Universal Motown for his Division1 imprint, he quickly signed Cherlise.[4]

2011-Present: Like A Woman and Mixtape Groundzero[edit]

Cherlise released her first official single Love U Right to radios in July 2011. The song featured rapper Lil Wayne.[5] Love U Right was then released to iTunes 13 September 2011.[6] The single was the first single from her up-and-coming mixtape "Ground Zero" to be released in December before her album. The second official single is "Hollyhood" ft. Brianna.[7]

In an interview, Fat Joe said about Cherlise, “We got a female R&B singer that me and Rico Love, the writer, both work with. her name is Cherlise out of Miami. She’s phenomenal! her album is coming out this year or next year.”[8] On November 26 it was announced that Cherlise's first album would be called "Like A Woman" and also announced that the album would be due sometime in 2012.[9] Cherlise was interviewed in late August 2011 on her new album and her sound "My music is very dance-driven and very sassy and definitely has a sexual tone to it, but it definitely is just fresh. If I just have to say it in words, it’s just a fresh sound and fresh feel." She also said "I don’t have an album name yet because I’m holding off on the final product. We’ve been working almost three years on the album. You should definitely expect a classic album. As far as features, we have Jim Jonsin and we have Earl and E. There’s a long list of people that we’ve been working with. As far as features are concerned, we have Lil’ Wayne right now. I don’t want to go crazy with the features because it is my debut album so I’m really looking forward to the world getting a chance to know me as an artist and just fall in love with my music."[10] In an interview cherlise said "I’m working on my album right now. I’ve been in the lab with Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Maino, Young Chris, and a few other artists. You should look forward to big things! My main focus however, is my album. It’s going to be a classic!"[11]



Cherlise cites her musical influences as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ce Ce Winans, Brandy, and Beyoncé.



List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Like A Woman - -



Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Love U Right"
(featuring Lil Wayne)
2011 Groundzero Mixtape
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other performer(s) Album or mixtape
"Understanding" 2012 Brisco Fruits Of My Labor