Cheryl Pepsii Riley
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Cheryl Bridget "Pepsii" Riley (born October 18, 1961[1]) is an American singer and actress. Riley is best known for her music during the late 1980s through the early 1990s, most notable; 1988's R&B ballad "Thanks for My Child".[4][5][2][6] Riley also starred in Tyler Perry's stage plays including; Madea's Class Reunion (2003) and Why Did I Get Married? (2006).
Cheryl Pepsii Riley
BornCheryl Bridget Riley[1]
October 18, 1961 (age 59)[1]
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.[2]
EducationClara Barton High School
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)David Jones(m. 1985; div. 2000)[1]
Mike Grace(m. 2003; div. 2009)
Musical career
InstrumentsDrums, tambourine and the piano.
Associated acts
Life and career
Early life and career
Born Cheryl Bridget Riley in Brooklyn, Riley was the first of two children born to James Madison Riley[1] and Lucia Viola Riley.[1] Riley attended Clara Barton High School.[1] 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.[1]
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.[2] The song peaked at No. 75 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1989.[7] 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.[2] 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."
Later career
After a hiatus from the entertainment industry, Riley re-emerged in the late 1990s by appearing on the songs "I Love It" and "Look Around" on The Beatnuts album A Musical Massacre. Riley also starred in a number of gospel plays for best-selling playwright Tyler Perry, including Madea's Class Reunion, Madea Goes to Jail, Why Did I Get Married?, Laugh to Keep from Crying, Madea's Big Happy Family and the most recent, A Madea Christmas. Riley also appeared in the film versions of Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Big Happy Family. She is also starred in Tyler Perry's Madea Gets a Job (2012) and Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned (2014).
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.
Personal life
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.[1] In 2003, Riley married Chicago native Mike Grace, and together raised his son John Grace.[1] In a recent[when?] interview with Lenny Green, Riley mentioned that she and Grace had divorced in 2011.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j BET's Unsung
  2. ^ a b c d e Vladimir Bogdanov (2014). All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul. f Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879307448. Retrieved January 13, 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "JET's Top 20 Albums". JET Magazine/Johnson Publishing Company. December 5, 1988. Retrieved January 13, 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Company, Johnson Publishing (September 8, 2008). "Jet" – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Greg Tate (April 1, 1996). "Revolutions". Vibe Magazine. Retrieved January 13, 2018 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "People Are Talking About..." JET Magazine/Johnson Publishing Company. March 13, 1989. Retrieved January 13, 2018 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ 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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