|Birth name||Sherrie Veronica Krenn|
|Born||28 August 1970|
Circus Girl, LLC
Sherrie Veronica Krenn (born 28 August 1970), known professionally as Sherrié Austin, is an Australian actress and country music 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 moved to the United States in pursuit of a solo career. There, she recorded five 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. Her most recent album was released on 15 November 2011.
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 1987–88.
In 1991, she appeared as "Lady Penelope" on episode No. 20 of the first season of the television comedy series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the 1990s, she started a singing career, teaming up with Phil Radford in 1992, to form a duo, Colourhaus, which released one album, Water to the Soul. The song "Innocent Child" taken from that album was issued as a single, with "We Talk to the Angels" on the B-side, and it peaked at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Colourhaus song "Colour Me You" was on the soundtrack of the "Rookie of the Year" episode of the television series Baywatch on 5 October 1992.
Afterwards, 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.
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."
The following year, Austin performed in Ring of Fire – The Johnny Cash Musical Show 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". She returned to Nashville in 2006.
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. Austin left Broken Bow in 2008.
She was named one of 2011's "25 Most Beautiful People" by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine.
In summer 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. The season started 18 November 2011.
Circus Girl (2011)
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. Austin feels it's something her female fans have been clamouring for, for quite some time.
"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.
Circus Girl was released independently on 15 November 2011.
As of 2022, Austin has not done any new projects.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||US||US Indie||US Heat|
|Water to the Soul
|Love in the Real World||
|Followin' a Feelin'||
|Streets of Heaven||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1992||"Innocent Child"||—||50||—||Water to the Soul (as Colourhaus)|
|1997||"Lucky in Love"||34||—||31||Words|
|"One Solitary Tear"||41||—||85|
|1998||"Put Your Heart into It"||34||—[a]||36|
|1999||"Never Been Kissed"||29||89||31||Love in the Real World|
|2001||"Jolene"||55||—||—||Followin' a Feelin'|
|"Time, Love & Money"||—||—||—|
|"In the Meantime"||—||—||—|
|2003||"Streets of Heaven"||18||—[b]||—||Streets of Heaven|
|2004||"Drivin' Into the Sun"||50||—||—|
|"Son of a Preacher Man"||46||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- "Put Your Heart into It" did not enter the Hot 100, but peaked at number 4 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-song extension of the Hot 100.
- "Streets of Heaven" did not enter the Hot 100, but peaked at number 13 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-song extension of the Hot 100.
|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|
|"In the Meantime"||David McClister|
|2003||"Streets of Heaven"|
|2004||"Drivin' Into the Sun"||Gerry Wenner|
|2011||"Naughty or Nice"||David Shamban|
Country Music Awards of Australia
The Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA) (also known as the Golden Guitar Awards) are held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. They have been held annually since 1973.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1998||Sherrié Austin for "One Solitary Tear"||New Talent of the Year||Won|
- The Facts of Life (1987–1988) (television)
- Call From Space (1989)
- Open House (1989) (television – one episode)
- Exile (1990) (TV film)
- Shadows of the Heart (1990)
- An American Summer (1991)
- The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1991) (television – one episode)
- West, Nicole (21 November 2017). "Where are they now? The Facts of Life cast". Monagiza.com.
- "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (an Episode Guide)". EpGuides.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- Sherrié Austin | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links | AllMusic
- Whitburn, Joel (2013). Top Pop Singles 1955-2012 (14th ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 185. ISBN 0-89820-205-1.
- Zinoman, Jason (23 September 2005). "NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATER FESTIVAL REVIEWS – The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde – Review – NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- The Broadway League. "Ring of Fire | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- "2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, a CurtainUp Feature". CurtainUp.com. 3 October 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- "Tim McGraw : Lyrics". CMT. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- "Country Labels Keep Rosters Full Despite Album Sales Dip". CMT.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- "Nashville Lifestyles". Nashville Lifestyles. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- "Sundance Channel Announces New Season of GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS". SundanceChannel.com. June 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- "Official Artist Website for Singer, Songwriter and Actress Sherrie Austin". SherrieAustinMusic.com. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 36. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- "CMT : Videos: Sherrie Austin: In the Meantime". Country Music Television. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
- "CMT : Videos: Sherrie Austin: Naughty or Nice". Country Music Television. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "Past Award Winners". Retrieved 2 November 2020.