Brighton’s Own Cheryl Casselman: Strive initially for joy and love

Music is a method to connection for Brighton singer/songwriter, says Vic Schukov

BRIGHTON– Completely country Cheryl Casselman was born in Newcastle, raised along the lakeshore with “an incredible view of the cliffs. Mom and Dad had musical jamborees in your home, and us kids would get them their beers (laughing). All country, but I was likewise drawn in to the words of many folk artists.” She composed her very first tune at age 8.

Avoiding her high school graduation ceremony, Cheryl got on a bus to British Columbia to live in a sweetheart’s log cabin on the edge of mountains, with no running water or electrical power.

” I didn’t wish to go to college. I wanted to sing, so I started to seriously write tunes.”

After returning house, at 20 she lived in a little trailer for two years prior to switching to a cottage in Colborne with (you guessed it) no running water or electrical energy. Cheryl has played all over from Picton to Toronto, from coffee houses to high-end celebrations like Shelter Valley and Cherry Valley.

Her voice and tunes are so incredible, she brings in A-listers to work on her CDs. Her very first album Any Roadway North (2008) included Steve Piticco and Al Brisco. She is working on her third album with Jay Edmund on fiddle, Howard Baer on bass and Tyler Tapscot on pedal steel. Her galvanizing country voice brings her music.

” I want to see my songs make a difference, writing more on social concerns that really matter. If you make every effort first for happiness and love, everything else will enter place. When you believe just about money, you are not considering individuals. Musicians I have actually satisfied have a great deal of love, and like what they’re doing. It’s so rewarding. When I leave this world, my kids will have this piece of my history, a little a tradition. My next CD is more social and diverse, some folk, some blues and bluegrass.”

Cheryl is an active member of Blue Dot ecological motion.

Rather of blackballing people, we require to find a method to all get together. Connecting with individuals is what offers us the most happiness. The path to joy is we are all in this together.

Keep plucking, lady!

— Brighton resident Vic Schukov is a long time journalist and author of biography books for everyday people.