Hi Cherish, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Thank you so much for having me. 2020 had a couple wonderful perks. The biggest being that I gave birth to my incredible son, Jack. He already has such a hilarious and tremendous personality. Max and I are madly in love with him. I was also able to go on an acoustic tour at the beginning of the year before the pandemic hit. Last perk, I haven’t had to shave my legs everyday- can I get an Amen ladies?!!!!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stupid”?
I really wanted to do something that was “outside of the box” for me. My personal life was shifting in some major ways and I just started writing differently. “Stupid” isn’t the only song I wrote and recorded in that vein. Some of those songs have landed television spots. But with this one I wanted to tell the real story about what goes down when you’re in love and how it can completely shift you as a person- change you, make you do things that don’t make sense. Love can make you stupid. Side note: I also shot a video for the song. Again, completely different than anything I’ve released before. Thinking that I’ll save it for 2021.
You also released a new Christmas album A Cherish Lee Christmas (Amazon, Spotify, iTunes) – what lead you to do a holiday record?
First off- Shameless Christmas junky here. It really is my favorite time of year!!! I began writing Christmas music for film and television shows actually. A few of the songs on this album have been featured on Young and the Restless, different Hallmark movies, one that Blake Shelton was the executive producer on so that was pretty cool.
How was the recording and writing process?
So fun! I am fortunate enough to be able to work with some people that I really respect.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
I have learned so much since being in Nashville for the last 6 years. About the business side of things, being stretched as an artist, writer and performer. I mean I’m in the mecca of brilliant artist so I’m constantly being inspired.
How did you go on injecting some of the Country flavor into the traditional Christmas music?
Just a part of who I am.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
My son, Wyatt, was literally all of my inspiration for the original Christmas songs on the album.
What else is happening next in Cherish Lee’s world?
I’ve actually started writing screenplays!! So I’m working on getting those made as well as writing more music and getting back on the road at least once a month when everything opens back up. I wrote a song for my Papa Bear, Johnny Lee, titled “Father’s Daughter. It really touched him and totally made him cry like a baby so he decided to make it the last track on his new album (being released in January of 2021) that was picked up by Sony. Pretty honored by that. And lastly, mom and I (Charlene Tilton) are working on a project that I’m extremely excited about. I believe that 2020 changed us all in some really big ways and I’m looking forward to taking the courage, strength and gratitude with me into 2021and running unapologetically full speed ahead.