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Eagle-Eye Cherry Bio

Eagle Eye Cherry - Singer/Guitarist

 

The son of trumpet player Don Cherry, Eagle Eye - [which is his real name by the way] - was born in Sweden in 1971, and his sister Neneh, spent the greater part of their early childhood years on the road, living the life of a muzo.

At 14, his family moved to New York and he was enrolled in the New York School of Performing Arts to study drama, at which time he also took up drumming.

After playing for a couple of bands, Cherry shifted his musical perspective towards playing keyboards and writing his own songs… And he eventually started to play guitar.

 

After the death of his father, Eagle Eye moved back to Stockholm where he submerged himself in his songwriting. He transformed the emotional incident into an earnest, rootsy wave of acoustic songs that were to form the basis of his breakthrough debut album "Desireless".

The album was only released in Sweden, but was propelled into the rest of Europe and eventually the U.S. by the hit singles "Save Tonight" and "Falling In Love Again".

The success of his first album also got him an invitation to appear on Carlos Santana's 1999 comeback album "Supernatural" for the song "Wishing It Was".

 

The supporting tour for "Desireless" did however take it's toll on Cherry and led to a breakup with his long-time girlfriend. However, more grief equaled more writing, and in 2000 Eagle Eye released his follow-up album "(Living in the) Present/Future".

Despite the success of the first single "Feels So Right" in Europe, the album wasn't exceptionally well received, and reviews were filled with the words 'uninspired' and 'repetitive'. The album eventually managed release in the States in 2001.

 

After a well deserved break from supporting tours, Eagle Eye returned to the studio with a brand new focus and inspiration, and emerged with his 3rd album "Sub Rosa" in 2003. The album focused less on personal struggle and grief, and more on "the world around us".

Sporting song titles like "Give Peace A Chance" and "Skull Tattoo" - which Cherry says is about a girl he just saw on the street one day - the album has a different sound and feel, and is in my opinion a more rounded and honest introspective of the man that 'looked at his dad for the first time with just one eye open' - the origin of the name Eagle Eye Cherry.

 

Pd Stoman

September 2005

 


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