Mix one woman, one guitar, vivid stories and music that ranges from “introspective acoustic ballads to more freewheelin’ honky-tonk throwdowns” and you get captivating entertainment. According to family lore, Sheri Kling started whistling before she could talk. Singing followed closely behind. Today, Sheri is an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and storyteller who weaves together powerful music and vivid stories to inspire people to find the stories at the center of their own lives.
Sheri has released three music CDs to high critical praise, as well as a book of essays:
- Let It Unfold (2002)
- Heartland (2005)
- Passions & Prodigals (2005)
- Finding Home: Rural Reflections on the Journey to Wholeness (2008)
With her rich voice and distinctive guitar style, Sheri has been heard at such acclaimed venues as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic and Variety Playhouse, Wisconsin’s Cafe Carpe, Indiana’s Front Porch Music and the Manatee Riverfront Theatre in Bradenton, FL. She’s appeared on television with gospel singer Babbie Mason (host of “Babbie’s House”) and on “RadioLive” from WUWF. Sheri has shared the stage with such accomplished artists as Indigo Girls, Carrie Newcomer, Pierce Pettis and Shawn Mullins.
Sheri has also developed new audiences through her “keynote concert” speaking engagements and spiritual retreat programs. From participants (“I thoroughly enjoyed your Saturday Keynote Speaker’s presentation – what a force!”) to planners (“As we are searching for this year’s keynote speaker, I can’t help but wish we could have Sheri come back again”), her programs get rave reviews. Described by Florida’s Bradenton Herald as a “natural Southern gal storyteller in the Lucinda Williams/Flannery O’Connor vein,” Sheri’s recorded commentaries have been aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Below: Sheri’s performance of “I Burn for You: Chicago, 1903,” a song about the Iroquois Theater fire.