Ashirah Sounds

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Other/Various

Instrument/voice type: Singer-songwriter

Location: London

Website: instagram.com/ashirahsounds

Sherry Davis has been honing her vocal skills and piano playing from a young age, thanks in part to a gospel music upbringing and childhood love for Minnie Ripperton, Donnie Hathaway and Lauryn Hill.
 
After a 4 year stint writing and performing with top flight dance acts such as Netsky, Logistics and Shadowchild, Sherry has returned to her soul music roots through a new, afro-soul project called Ashirah Sounds. The music for the Ashirah Sounds project will be launched alongside a documentary about Sherry’s grandfather, one of the first Africans to excavate ancient monuments along the Kenyan coast in the 1950’s.
 
In addition to making music and film, Sherry is passionate about using creativity to engage individuals on the fringes of society and delivers arts workshops to young people from marginalised backgrounds.
 
With the recently confirmed support of Arts Council England and HMUK, 2020 is set to be a fantastic year with the debut release of Ashirah Sounds.
 
Thanks to HMUK (YAAAAAAAS!!) l'll be going to LA for 2 weeks of music production, composition and business mentoring with Adrian Younge, a prolific music producer and composer who has worked with some of the biggest names in soul and hip hop music, from Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar to Bilal and Raphael Saadiq. Adrian also composed the original soundtrack to the Marvel series Luke Cage.
 
Receiving mentoring from Adrian Younge will help me to expand on my music production, composition and business skills as I prepare for the debut release of my debut soundtrack album and documentary. I'm extremely grateful to HMUK for their support!
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