If you’ve been a country music fan for more than a few years, the name Sherrie Austin is probably one your are more than familiar with. Sherrie had several singles on the charts back in the 1990’s, from her debut album, Water to the Soul - ‘One Solitary Tear‘ and ‘Lucky In Love‘. She found more success with her second album, ‘Love In The Real World,’ which gave us single ‘Never Been Kissed’.
After a change of labels, she released her third album, ‘Followin’ A Feelin”, in 2001. After that album, Sherrie spent a lot of time writing for artists like Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, Tammy Cochran, Hal Ketchem and Tim Rushlow. In 2003, after releasing an album for Broken Bow/C4 Records, she had three hit singles which made it into the US Country Top 20.
How many “Facts of Life” fans do we have out there. If you are one, you may remember this Australian native who had a role in that show during the 1987-88 season, when she played the role of exchange student, Pippa McKenna. At that time, she was still using her name, Sherrie Krenn.
That’s enough history, I’m here now to tell you that Sherrie Austin is back, and what I heard tonight makes me wonder why she ever left. “Circus Girl” is the first album we’ve had from Sherrie Austin in eight years. I listened to it tonight, and I can say this for certain – it was worth the wait.
As you might guess, Sherrie either wrote or co-wrote every one of the 13 songs on the new album. Every song on the CD is different, and every song on the CD is good. One of my favorites, “This Kind of Happy,” was co-written by Sherrie Austin, Will Rombeaux, and one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Mallary Hope (“Love Lives On”). But if I had to put the 13 songs in order, from the one I like the most, to the one I like the least – I think every one of them would be in the No. 1 spot on my list. “If I Was A Man,” cute; “Naughty of Nice,” a little Christmas, a lot of country; “Streets of Heaven,” thought-provoking and a little sad. And I’ve heard it before. Sherrie wrote it, along with Al Kasha and Paul Duncan, but I’m sure I‘ve heard it before. (NOTE: Since I originally posted this, I was told that Sherrie has re-recorded this song for this new album. And, it was in fact her biggest radio hit. so most of you, like me, will remember it, too).
Here are all the songs for you: “Circus Girl,” “Tryin’ to be Me,” “I Didn’t,” “If I Was a Man,” “Just Want to love You Tonight,” “Get Your Leavin’ Done,” “He’s All Yours,” “Bad for Me,” F”Friday Night Girls,” “Sleep With Me,” “That Kind of Happy,” “Streets of Heaven,” and “Naughty or Nice.”
The title track, “Circus Girl,” was written by Sherrie, along with Will Rambeaux and Charity Daw. Here’s what Sherrie had to say about the song: “When we finished writing this song, I remember saying “What a wonderful waste of time that was.” I was still thinking like a commercial songwriter: ‘How am I gonna get THIS played on Country Radio?’ Then I realized this song is ME – I AM a Circus Girl. After seven years of only writing for other artists I have dusted off the trapeze and thanks to the internet, new technology, FB, Twitter, etc., I have joined the new circus in cyber space and found the title track to my new CD. Of course you can check out her videos on YouTube, too.
I’ve listened to the album, I love it – now I want all of you to listen to it, too. Look at the YouTube channel for Sherrie – you’ll find “Naughty or Nice,” and ”Streets of Heaven,” along with several other Sherrie videos. I think once you listen to some of the songs, you’ll be ready to order – and you can do that by clicking here.
I have to get some mail answered, work on a few more things for all of you here, and plan on getting to bed sometime tonight. I’ll talk to you all soon! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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