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Cerise Bynoe

Cerise always loved to sing, she just never did it in front of anyone. Throughout her childhood and education in the Nauset School system, she tried band, chorus, and musical plays, but paralyzed by terrible stage fright, she never stood out, and no one saw the talent that was there.

But thanks to an encouraging sister and an open mic night, that’s all changed.

Growing up she was surrounded by music, Cerise has music in her soul and truly sings from that sacred space. As a child, she remembers her mother and aunts harmonizing to the songs they learned in grade school glee club. They sang in canon to the beat of her grandmother chopping cilantro and garlic in the kitchen.  She grew up watching her family sway to the sound of salsa legends Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Willie Colon, and at home her mother folded laundry and sang happily to the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and Sade.

At ten-years-old she received a copy of, “Unforgettable,” Natalie Cole’s iconic tribute to her father, Nat King Cole and it inspired her. She played the album everywhere she walked. Songs like, “Mona Lisa, Smile,” and “Lush Life” played on repeat in her head. She would change the timing, sing harmony over the melody, mimic the voice, and play with air pressure. She would replay the same snippet of a song over and over again until she got it right. She possessed the same obsession listening to Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, and Janet Jackson and over time, she taught herself to sing.

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