After being discovered at age 14 as part of Johnny Cash’s opening act on his Australian tour, the diminutive brunette Sherrie Austin packed her bags and her entire family and moved to Hollywood to join the cast of the hit series ‘The Facts Of Life’. Country music soon came calling and she signed a recording contract with Arista Nashville in 1997, releasing two albums and charting several singles including ‘Lucky In Love’, ’One Solitary Tear’ and ‘Never Been Kissed’. After the acquisition of Arista Records by RCA, she went on to make two independent records, and in 2003 had her first major chart hit with the title track from her record ‘Streets Of Heaven’.
In 2005 she stretched her theatrical wings in New York, receiving critical acclaim in The New York Times for her portrayal of Bonnie Parker in the off Broadway ‘The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde’. Austin joined the cast of ‘Ring Of Fire’ in 2006. Her focus in the last few years has been on songwriting and her work is being noticed. Tim McGraw, with special guest Faith Hill, recorded her song ‘ShotGun Rider’ on his ‘Let It Go’ album in 2007.
Austin’s success continued with the writing of Blake Shelton's 2008 title track, ‘Startin Fires’, followed by a hilarious duet recorded by Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton called ‘If I Was A Woman’. Most recently, a but by The King of Country himself, George Strait, called 'Where’ve I Been All My Life' on his 2009 release, ‘Twang’. She can also boasts cuts by such country greats as Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap and Hal Ketchum.
The multi-talented ans saucy Aussie is now currently touring all over the country with her new cd ‘Circus Girl’, released in early 2012.
Session title: “Write A Song, Build A Team"
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