Portraits (2016)

I created a performance piece, a song-cycle accompanied by large scale projected portraits, that springs directly from my love of storytelling and my passion for history. The purpose of this project is to turn our gaze away from imposed beauty standards and instead see women as powerful thinkers and doers.

The accompanying album, "Portraits" features my original songs from the project and the CD includes thumbnails of the portraits that were created by Liz Downing.

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Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry (lowercase letters intentional!) is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. From 2016-2018 ellen presented a new touring project called Portraits in Song that married her love of storytelling and her passion for history through songs and portraits of interesting women in history.  She recently released two new recorded works (PortraitsThe Thread) as a follow up to the very intimate, piano-based album entitled Please Don’t Sell the Piano (2012). She is the co-host of "Why Aren't You Famous?" podcast with fellow independent working musician, Andrew Grimm. ellen was an Artist-in-Residence at the Strathmore (2012) and The Studios of Key West (2014).  She co-produced Mobtown Moon, a re-imagining of “Dark Side of the Moon” (2013) that featured over 50 musicians from Baltimore, with musician Sandy Asirvatham. In 2010, she wrote, recorded and performed a song for an Emmy nominated TV campaign and also composed the score for a shadow puppet piece entitled “Alonzo’s Lullaby”, which has been awarded the prestigious UNIMA Citation of Excellence that jump-started years of collaborative work with puppeteers. She has been awarded three Maryland States Arts Council Grants (2007, 2009, 2018), a Ruby Grant (2015), a Baker Artist Award (2011), and the Semmes G. Walsh Music Award (2011). ellen tours nationally and internationally, charming audiences from house concerts to festivals!

Promotional Images (credit: Bonnie J. Schupp)