Friday, July 18, 2008

Cheryl Pepsii Riley

Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley (born on October 18, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York) is a female R&B singer from the late 80s/early 90s.

Before starting her music career, Cheryl had been working as a nurse for handicapped children for 10 years.

Full Force member Bowlegged Lou asked her to record the song "I Wonder If I Take You Home," but she turned it down because she didn't want to spread herself too thin. The song later became a hit for Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.
When Lou offered Cheryl the song "Thanks For My Child" (which was written about Lou's experience with the complications of his wife's first pregnancy), she took the offer.

The song became a hit, peaking at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100, #18 on BIllboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. Cheryl still had her nurse's job when the song hit number one.
During that same year, she released her debut album "Me, Myself And I" which peaked at #128 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The third single "Every Little Thing About You" featuring Full Force, peaked at #55 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1991, Cheryl released her second album "Chapters" which peaked at #62 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "How Can You Hurt the One You Love" peaked at #35 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The follow-up single "Ain't No Way" (a cover version of Aretha Franklin's 1968 song) featuring backing vocals from girl group, Ex-Girlfriend, peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1993, Cheryl released her third album "All That!" which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
The first single from the album "Gimme" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The follow-up single from the album "Guess I'm In Love" peaked at #67 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

After that, Cheryl began acting in film and on stage, appearing in fourteen national touring plays and appears in various Tyler Perry productions.
In 2006, Cheryl released her fourth studio album, "Let Me Be Me" which is available on CD Baby.
The only single from the album to chart was "Come Over" which peaked at #87 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

These days, Cheryl continues to focus on her music and hosts "Black Velvet Mondays" at the Village Underground in New York. When she's not touring on the road with Tyler Perry, she tours and performs with her band, Hot Chocolate.
In 2012, Cheryl released her latest single "I Need You to Know" which is available on CD Baby and iTunes. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her upcoming album.

To see Cheryl's official website, go to:
http://cherylpepsiiriley.com/

To follow Cheryl on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/cherylpepsii

To see the music video for "Thanks For My Child," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICxk7dYYrOs

To see the music video for "Me, Myself And I," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFMm9skUmPU

To see a fan-made video for "Every Little Thing About You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNkG174n21U

To see the music video for "How Can You Hurt the One You Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAUYiXirk_A

To see a fan-made video for "Ain't No Way," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHVuS_LsIXI

To see the music video for "Gimme," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzh3cI6hOV4

To see the music video for "Guess I'm in Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2qW9ArRCJ0

To see a fan-made video for "Come Over," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElaFnXYGYsE


[updated on 04\08\2016]

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