"A return" is how Tina Cernero describes her musical journey. "I started off singing in church, and now here I am again."
It's that simple and it's not. This resident of New York City made a mark for herself in a city where it's difficult to survive, let alone flourish in the music business. But that's what Cernero set her mind to do when she first arrived in the East Village and her deep soulful voice found an immediate home in clubs around the city. From her years of singing and acting in Off-Broadway productions to her tenure as a founding member of the band Dollhouse, (http://www.cdbaby.com/dollhouse) Cernero forged ahead to make a name for herself as a vocalist can to morph seamlessly into any musical genre.
As of late, Cernero is best known for her soloist position at the Middle Collegiate Church on Second Avenue. Her extensive training garnered her an audition at the church, but it was her passionate delivery that earned her the position of soloist in the highly acclaimed Jerriese Johnson East Village Gospel Choir.
But Tina Cernero's talents are not limited to just voice. An accomplished songwriter, she has published music in areas ranging from R&B and Jazz, to Ambient, House and Rock. A session singer for years, her broad-based talents include a specialization in middle Eastern vocals and keyboard programming, both of which can be heard on Integrity Music's ambient praise record, Garment of Praise, Kathy Shooster.
When asked what is next for her, Cernero says, "I'm here â€”and I'm staying. This is my spiritual home and my musical home. This is it for me. I do this because I feel itï¿½s blessing people. It's not about meâ€”it's about bringing a gift to other people. Everything before was a preparation for nowâ€”hereâ€”this time".
"Post-modern Gospel: soul with a modern edge," that's how one commentator described Cernero's work. With this heartfelt return to her roots, it's clear that she's bringing a rich growth and new breadth with herâ€”that much like her song Carry Meâ€”is both fresh and memorable.
Tina Cernero can be seen performing with The Jerriese Johnson East Village Gospel Choir at Middle Collegiate Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
She is presently in the studio working on a new compilation of songs. "Carry Me" is the first in that series.
Ann Klein: acoustic & electric guitar, percussion
Annastasia Victory/Valerie Ghent: B3 organ, whirlizer
Kevin Jenkins/Steve Cash: bass
Steve Williams: drums
Tina Cernero: lead & background vocals, keyboard & computer programming
Choir: Jerriese Johnson East Village Gospel Choir
Background vocalists: Shari Gill, Dean Hubbard, Tina Owens, Elisabeth Rodgers, Russell Suggs
Producers: Tina Cernero, Tim Hatfield & Ann Klein
Mixed by Tim Hatfield
Recorded at Cowboy Technical Services, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Scott Hull Mastering NY, NY
Dollhouse: "Thief Of Time" EP
Tina Cernero: "Free" EP
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Shout It All Joy
As I Am
Pressing On (Bob Dylan cover)
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