Life and career
Born Cheryl Bridget Riley in Brooklyn
, Riley was the first of two children born to James Madison Riley
and Lucia Viola Riley.
Riley attended Clara Barton High School
After high school, Riley worked as a nurse for handicapped
children before beginning her singing career. Riley began her music career as a lead singer in the band Stargaze, who released the single "You Can't Have It" in 1982.
In November 1988, Riley topped the US R&Bchart
and hit the Top 40
on the pop chart
at No. 32 with the ballad, "Thanks for My Child," a song written by Full Force
The song peaked at No. 75 in the UK Singles Chart
in January 1989.
The genesis of "Thanks for My Child" began with Full Force member Bowlegged Lou's experience with the complications of his wife's first pregnancy.
The title track single to her debut LPMe, Myself and I
made it to number 18 on the R&B charts in early 1989. Another single, "Every Little Thing About You," peaked at number 55 on the R&B charts later that year.
Her second LP, Chapters
, was issued and yielded the singles "How Can You Hurt The One You Love" and a cover
of Aretha Franklin
's 1968 hit "Ain't No Way". Her third album All That!
was released by Reprise
, and featured the singles "Gimme" and "Guess I'm In Love."
Following her appearance on a number of tracks on the Diary of a Mad Black Woman
soundtrack in 2005, the following year Riley released Let Me Be Me
, her first album in fourteen years. In 2015 she released a new solo album entitled Still Believe
Riley married twice and has one child. In 1985, she married fellow Stargaze bandmate David Jones, but they divorced in 2000 after 15 years of marriage.
In 2003, Riley married Chicago native Mike Grace, and together raised his son John Grace.
In a recent[when?]
interview with Lenny Green, Riley mentioned that she and Grace had divorced in 2011.
- 1988: Me, Myself & I (#128 Billboard 200, No. 9 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)
- 1991: Chapters (#62 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)
- 1993: All That!
- 2006: Let Me Be Me
- 2015: Still Believe
- "Thanks for My Child" (1988)
- "My Myself & I" (1988)
- "Every Little Thing About You" (1988)
- "How Can You Hurt The One You Love" (1991)
- "Ain't No Way" (1991)
- "Gimme" (1993)
- "Guess I'm in Love" (1993)
- "Good Lovin'" (1995)
- "Let Me Love You Boy" (Snatch featuring Cheryl Pepsii Riley) (2000)
- "He's a Hurricane" (James Day & U-Nam feat. Cheryl Pepsii Riley) (2018)
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- ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 463. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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