Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith

Born in Montreal, Cheryl was exposed to music at an early age. Her father was a professional drummer throughout the '60's and '70's, recording with the "The Beau Marks", among others, her uncle played trumpet with many Jazz bands, including Oscar Peterson, and both of her parents were DJ's throughout her childhood. Cheryl began playing drums at age 12 and began her professional career at age 17, playing in a rock band which toured throughout Quebec and Ontario. Despite her rock experience, Cheryl's choice of music was the Irish music she was often exposed to at home, which then led to the traditional Cape Breton music style. She moved to Cape Breton in 2000 to work for Natalie MacMaster and pursue her graphic design career. She soon began playing percussion with many of the island's popular musicians such as Natalie MacMaster, Shelly Campbell, Andrea Beaton, Troy MacGillivray and others and designing websites and CD artwork for many Nova Scotia artists, for which she won two East Coast Music Awards for "Graphic Designer Of The Year" in 2005 and 2006. Cheryl owns and operates a graphic design company, OutFront Productions Inc., based in Creignish, is co-producer for the Cape Breton Live online radio show and the Executive Director at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre.

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