CHERYL HODGE, Jazz & Blues Artist, BIO, 2023
Cheryl Hodge is an international jazz & blues touring/recording artist and songwriter, and a former voice faculty member at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. Hodge first made international notoriety in 2013 with her win for "BEST JAZZ SONG" (Tree People, from her album “One Day When I Wasn’t Looking”) at the 2013 Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Since then, she has been nominated several times again for her jazz and blues songwriting. She is currently the keyboardist/vocalist in the northwest band, “Jazz Axiom” and in a Steely Dan cover group called, “Danned If We Do”.
Cheryl's latest release, “LOVE IS”, was released in August, 2022 and featured in March of 2023 on NPR affiliate in San Bernardino, (KVCR 91.1 Radio) “KVC-Arts” with host David Fleming, along with her 2 other interviews centering on her life and career. Find out more at her website: cherylhodge.com
Life as a Jazz D.J.: Hodge first earned her jazz radio deejay stripes in Nelson, B.C., Canada; with a weekly jazz show at Kootenay Coop Radio. Currently, she is starting up her first year as a deejay at KMRE Radio in Bellingham, WA. for her show: “Jazz In the Northwest with Cheryl Hodge”. This is a no-brainer for Hodge. She has been known regionally around the Northwest for the past decade; particularly around Bellingham, Washington for various jazz performances, as well as her weekly performances (including the weekly ”Singers Saturday" at the Fireside Martini & Wine Bar which features Hodge playing behind a cavalcade of local lumineries).
Cheryl Hodge is also the founder and president of the Dementia Singalong Therapy Program (a federal charity). This past decade she’s worked with people suffering from dementia; and recorded a song a couple of years ago called, “To Walk In My Shoes” (available on website, dementiasingalongtherapy.com
Her previous CD, "LIVING OFF THE GRID - Adventures on an Imperiled Planet" was her first "concept album", and propelled quickly to #2 in the U.S./World Indie charts at Reverbnation.com; a month after the album was released. She was a nominee in the 2016 Hollywood Music In Media
Awards for her song "Senegal" from LIVING OFF THE GRID. Submitted for the 2016 Grammys, Hodge’s "Grid CD" has a "cast of stars" (including renowned vocalist Dee Daniels), in an R&B duet on "One Step At A Time". Also along for the ride on the album are luminaries: bassist Stu Hamm (formerly with Steve Vai & Joe Satriani), percussionist Pat Mastelotto (presently with King Crimson), Keyboardist Jim Cox (presently on tour with James Taylor and various stars), David Longoria on trumpet, Josh Cook on sax, and on and on. Hodge has 13 recorded albums to her credit (some being guest appearances; she recorded all female background vocal tracks on 1990's "Lost Souls" by The Raindogs on ATCO Records). Hodge has sung on hundreds of radio jingles and commercials.
Awards & Nominations
Hodge's song, TREE PEOPLE received the award for "Best Jazz Song" at the HMMAs (Hollywood Music In Media Awards). She's also received the Grindie Award (from RadioIndy.com). "INDIGO" (2009) is a high energy jazz fusion album, with Juno winning trumpet player, Brad Turner, Saxophonist Tom Colclough, and guitar greats John Stowell & Cliff Maddix; and the smoking hot rhythm section of bassist Dave Captein and drummer Charlie Doggett. Hodge is available for tour booking, through this website. Hodge has dual citizenship (US/CANADIAN); making touring all that much less of a hassle! At her Reverbnation fan site, you can find out about upcoming tours and most recent videos. See you there!
Cheryl Hodge's CDs (Discography) include: (CherylHodge.com Records - formerly known as JazzBoulevard.com Records
- (2022) - LOVE IS (Progressive Jazz/R&B)
- (2019) - TO WALK IN MY SHOES (Single Release)
- (2017) - LIVING OFF THE GRID (Progressive Jazz/Pop)
- (2016) - SOOTHED BODY, CALM SPIRIT (New Age Album)
- (2015) - ONE DAY WHEN I WASN'T LOOKING (Jazz)
- (2011) - ROOTS DON'T LIE (Blues Party Album)
- (2009) - INDIGO (Jazz)
- (2009) - The Cheryl Hodge Group, "Live At Ella's" (Jazz)
- (2007)- HERES OR THERES (with John Stowell) (Jazz)
- (2006) - ORIGINAL ARTICLE (Early Originals of Cheryl Hodge)
- (2003) - LIVE AND ALIVE (Jazz)
- (1997) - STRINGS, NECKS & CHORDS (Jazz)
- (1990)- TONIGHT I'M WEARING BASIC BLACK (Debut Album)