My name is R. Danette Johnson. My parents (Mr. Sherry and Lisette Johnson) bought me a piano when I was 5 years old and made me stick with taking lessons. My Dad’s words were, “As long as you live in this house, you will continue to play the piano and take lessons!” (SIGH) I am a classically trained pianist. I studied at, The Wilcox Academy of music; in Brandon, FL. I was raised in the church. My Godfather the late Bishop Eddie Newkirk and my Great Aunt the late Mrs. Naomi L. Jones acknowledged my musical gifts and potential at an early age. My Godfather used to make me play the piano for Sunday school. I did not like it at the time, but his vision about my life soon came to a reality. I began directing the choirs at my church (St. John Cathedral) at the age of 12. When I was growing up, I was exposed to a variety of music. I played in recitals often. I am thankful for that, because it made me appreciate how music was made and where it came from. I have a deep love for classical music. It’s so beautiful, serene and powerful. I also have a deep love for Gospel, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Country…etc. I hold a B.A. degree in English/Pre-Law from Talladega College. I also hold a M.S. degree in General Psychology from UOP. I branched out even further and joined the United States Army. In the past, I felt confined when it came to my music. Grateful, but confined. God has given me the opportunity to share my music all over the world! I intend to bring a positive message with an incredible and unique sound. I HOPE THAT THE MUSIC I CREATE WITHOUT LYRICS, WILL CAPTIVATE LISTENERS. IT IS ALSO MY HOPE THAT MY MUSICAL CREATIONS WITH LYRICS, WILL INTERTWINE WITH ONE ANOTHER AND BIRTH KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE. DivaFly®
To Mom & Dad with all my love
Anitra Chery (pronounced Sher ee) is a contemporary R & B recording artist with the unique ability to connect to an audience by relaying the specific emotion of every note she sings. Her unique style is a rich blend of Jazz, Neo Soul, and Hip-Hop. Chery has been singing professionally for nine years. Anitra always sang around the house, in talent shows, and the church choir. Her vocal ability was discovered while providing vocals on the hook of a rap song, as a favor to a friend producing the track. Encouraged to pursue singing professionally, Anitra auditioned for the role of back-up singer in a local band. She landed the job as lead vocalist, and has been in two bands for several years. Her music fuses raw emotion with vocal depth.
Chery showcased her talent as a solo singer- songwriter with the EP In My Feelings, released October, 2016. A new single will launch Spring, 2017, and debut solo album is scheduled for release in 2018.