Sherree Chamberlain
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Sherree Chamberlain

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States | SELF

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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Feb
19
Sherree Chamberlain @ TBA

Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

Jan
29
Sherree Chamberlain @ The Opolis

Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Dec
16
Sherree Chamberlain @ The Opolis

Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Norman, Oklahoma, USA

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Providing a stark contrast to Wynn Walent’s modest and shy performance was the confident Sherree Chamberlain and her accompanying band. Sherree performed most of her songs with a drummer, bassist, and male backup singer. It was actually pretty refreshing to hear a female vocalist with a male backup – the combo is a bit rare. She switched between acoustic guitar and keyboard throughout her set. Sherree’s lyrics were generally very thoughtful, deep and full of conflict, which wouldn’t be expected after hearing her cheerful introductory chatter between tunes. Sometimes, especially during songs where Sherree sung and played by herself, she could just about tear your heart out. - The Oklahoma Daily


The tender melodies of Sherree Chamberlain filled the Opolis Friday night for a small crowd of Normanites eager for local music.

Chamberlain took the stage to warm applause after supporting acts Matt Bauer and The Band of Annuals and began her showcase of songs.

Chamberlain radiated youthful and personal charm, bringing a sense of familiarity to her set, as if she were playing to a group of close friends. Her guitar work was composed mainly of simple chords, but her music set the stage for her beautifully large voice, which resonated throughout the building. She was backed by a bassist and a drummer who added subtle rhythms and textures that complemented her acoustic guitar and occasional piano.

Although sometimes difficult to make out, Chamberlain’s lyrics ranged from suicide to “conquering her fears.”

“[I was] really impressed with maturity of [Chamberlain’s] songwriting,” Ryan Grabowski, English literature senior, said. “[She has a] really great voice.” - The Oklahoma Daily


Only 6 months after "The Wasp in The Room" had been released, it was listed as #66 on Oklahoma Rock's top 100 albums of the decade. - Oklahoma Rock


"If the lovely Sherree Chamberlain doesn't endear herself to you as soon as she walks on stage, just wait until you hear her sing." - Tulsa World


"a talented driving force behind Oklahoma's burgeoning music scene" - Nonzine


"a local favorite with hauntingly beautiful vocals" - Oklahoma Film and Music


Every festival has its standouts, and Norman Music Fest was no exception. Stillwater native Sheree Chamberlain brought a soulful sound to the afternoon set; her haunting vocals and acoustic folk sound blended nicely with the atmosphere of Main Street Norman, classically framed in railroad iron and wood. - www.meversus.com


Acoustic artist Sherree Chamberlain debuted new songs and performed old favorites at the Opolis this past Sunday, in support of Seattle band Telekinesis. Her music is simply stunning, balancing infectious acoustic guitar, poignant guitar and an alluring voice that culminates in a whirl of color and jubilation. After the show, the Stillwater native took the time to answer a few questions about her music, inspiration and her plans for the future.

So what inspires your music?

It varies. But, I just bought this book. It sounds so cheesy, but it’s called “The Artist’s Way,” and it’s just these writing exercises that you have to do every day. Every morning, I’ve been getting up, writing two pages. You aren’t allowed to go back and look at it, but it really centers you, kind of just gets you in the mood. Creativity is a muscle, and if you don’t exercise it every day, it atrophies.

So I’ve been really inspired lately by this book I’m reading, and really working on these writing exercises and just letting it flow. It makes you acknowledge your doubts and your shortcomings, and you have to write them down. It’s kind of emotional, but it feels good once it’s out because you are like, there’s nothing to be afraid of anymore.

What do you prefer about solo shows?

It’s more fun because it is more intimate. I feel like I interact with the crowd a lot. And I don’t have to worry about messing up so much — I mess up all the time during solo shows. It’s fun and I don’t feel that pressure. The crowd gets to hear my voice a little more clearly, and what I’m trying to say a little more clearly, too. I think sometimes I almost reveal too much and say too much. I really do like interacting and talking to the crowd. I feel like that’s easier when I’m on my own and there aren’t five guys behind me waiting.

So you’ve been playing since you were fairly young?

Before I even played, in like second grade, I went to my first concert, which was Bryan Duncan. He was some cheesy Christian musician with like a purple suit and black patent leather shoes. I remember lying in my bed trying not to cry thinking about how I wanted to do what he was doing and how I didn’t get to because I was too young. My family has always been musical, and I started playing guitar when I was about 14. I should be a lot better for the amount of time I’ve been playing. It’s never been a specific choice for me to play; it’s just always been a part of my family.

Actually, recently I realized what it is to be proactive. There is a difference between someone who is creative and someone who is an actual songwriter, because there is a craft to it. Now I’m realizing that if I want to do this, I have to work. So I started taking guitar lessons. I’ve been reading books and working on exercises to better myself, because there is no shame in learning more. I’m enrolling in a music theory class in the fall because it is high time that I started learning that stuff that I needed to [learn] a long time ago. I decided to humble myself. I liked to think of it as a natural talent, and I wasn’t “trained.” But during recording, it’s a handicap. I realized that I needed to get over my pride issue and admit that I don’t know everything, and that it’s OK.

Is that where all these newly debuted songs came from?

Yeah, I swear to God I’ve written them all in the past four days. I’ve just been really refreshed. Our record is finished in the duplication stage ready to be finished, and some of those songs are about six years old. I’ve just felt this burden of ‘I can’t move on because I have nothing to show for what I’ve done’ and now that this is finished I’m ready to get in and start an EP because I’m ready to put new stuff out. In the future, I just want to keep writing music.

What does music mean to you as an artist?

It’s just something that I’m still trying to figure out. Once again, as dramatic as this might sound, I always growing up, felt like there was something inside of me — that it is my nature to sing and to play music. I feel so unhappy and discontent if I’m not creating something. I would feel so stifled and grumpy. For me, it’s just part of my nature, and either or not I do something amazing someday, for me that’s not the main goal. For me, the main goal is happiness, therapy and necessity. I’m still figuring it out, but that’s what I’ve got so far.

Chamberlain’s debut record, “A Wasp in the Room,” will be released in the near future, and you can catch her live at the Marquee in Tulsa on June 16. Clips of her songs can be heard on her MySpace at

- The Oklahoma Daily/Joshua Boydston


During the week, she teaches seventh grade English, but on Saturday, she’s trading in teachers’ editions for her guitar.
Sherree Chamberlain will have her first performance at the Norman Music Festival on Saturday at 2:45 p.m., and she will be performing new material from her upcoming first full-length album, “A Wasp in the Room.”
Chamberlain started playing in her self-titled band while attending OSU as an English education major. She graduated in May 2008 but has continued to write and perform songs outside of Stillwater.
“I’ve played at D-Fest the past two years in Tulsa,” Chamberlain said. “If (the Norman Musical Festival is) anything like D-Fest, it’s going to be a good time.”
Chamberlain said she has had some of the songs on her debut album for the past four or five years but had never recorded them.
“But then some of them I’ve written in the last couple of months,” Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain describes her songs as a kind of indie folk: a blend of modern indie music, like Feist, and the music of singer-songwriters from the 1960s, like Joni Mitchell.
Chamberlain said she hopes her performance at the 2009 Norman Music Festival will earn her new fans.
“I hope it gets them as excited as I am about the release of the CD,” she said.
Chamberlain said her album should be finished within the next couple of weeks, after which she will set dates for CD-release parties.
Chamberlain said she will also be cheering on her friends — fellow musicians — at the festival.
“I know that I will just be excited to see the rest of the local bands,” Chamberlain said. “I think that’s what the best feeling is going to be.”

- The Daily Ocollegian


3:32 p.m. Sherree Chamberlain played a beautiful set — including “Bird Song” — and is currently working on her new disc. She offered a different and appreciated dimension to the NMF main stage. - www.newsok.com


Discography

Full Length Album - A Wasp in the Room

Guest Vocals on the following artists albums:
Graham Colton
Samantha Crain
Bronze Radio Return
Charlie Hall
Kite Flying Robot
Denver Duncan

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Bio

Sherree Chamberlain is moving forward in full force in support of her first full-length album "The Wasp in the Room". Mixed by grammy Award winner Christ Testa, her record is richly woven with contributions from musicians including Justin Meldal-John (Beck), Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes), James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens) and Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion). Chamberlain's story is a unique set of happenings that has brought her to where she is today. She spent most of her early years holed up in her room, writing intricate stores and sweet melodies told by way of piano keys and guitar strings. After befriending many musicians in her college town, she slowly began showcasing her songs and picking up players along the way. Work quickly spread and she became one of Oklahoma's favorite singing sirens, playing packed out shows and main stages at music festivals. Without a record to promote, her success and reputation spread strictly through world of mouth until she was approached by Chad Copelin (Blackwatch Studio) to record an album. After three long years in the making, Chamberlain, with her haunting vocals and intricate arrangements, is moving forward, gaining momentum, and winning the hearts of listeners from her own hometown, to far away places like Australia, France, and the Netherlands.

Has Supported other bands such as:
Dawes
Heartless Bastards
Man Man
Of Montreal
Gary Jules
Bill Malonee
Other Lives
Sleeping At Last