I had the pleasure of meeting her while working an LAX flight in the late 90's. She was traveling under her birth name, but I knew who she was the millisecond she walked up to gate C-14.
It also worked out than on this particular LAX departure it was swapped to one of the widebody aircraft that had an expanded first class. I got the opportunity to improve the seating assignments of one of my fave singers and have an enjoyable chat with her for a few minutes before she boarded.
I'm going down Moni's airline memory lane for a moment because today is the 55th birthday of Cheryl Anne Norton, known to the rest of the music world as Cherrelle.
She was born in Los Angeles on this date in 1958 and is another one of the talented group of singers that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced into R&B stardom in the 80's and early 90's.
She is also the cousin of Perri 'Pebbles' Reid, who is a Grammy nominated singer who had a few hits herself. in the late 80's early 90's. You can hear Cherrelle's voice on her her cousin's song 'Always'.
Her signature hits like 'I Didn't Mean To Turn You On' (yes people, she recorded it first, NOT Robert Palmer), 'Everything I Miss At Home', and her 'Saturday Love' and 'Never Knew Love Like This' duets with Alexander O'Neal.
She's still touring and pooping up at various events like the BET Honors in which she sang 'Saturday Love with her back in the day duet partner.
Happy birthday Cherrelle! May you have many more..