Fine Arts 260
Cheryl considers herself a “Student Specialist” with a heavy background in music and voice in all genres. Pursuing higher education changed her life for the better. Cheryl attended college at the University of Memphis, and as a student singer-songwriter, she created her own degree plan combining Jazz and Studio Vocal Performance with Music Business and Music Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Music & Vocal Production. During her college journey and afterwards, she gained many accolades in the music industry such as achieving Hollywood success on the popular show American Idol during season 6. She has toured as a background vocalist for many celebrity recording artists and has starred in a couple of music theatre productions: “Effie” in Dreamgirls at The Studio Theatre and “Evillene” in The Wiz at The Weekend Theatre in Arkansas, just to name a few.
When it comes to her being a “Student Specialist,” some of the titles she has served under include Resident Advisor at the U of M; College Camp Counselor at Stax MusicAcademy; substitute for 3 different counties in Tennessee, Georgia, and Arkansas; teacher at Augustine Preparatory Academy; Library Technical Assistant at Arkansas Baptist College; and Administrative Lead & Student Liaison at The James Humphrey Jr. Scholarship Fund, etc.
Cheryl enjoyed working with students so much (and music as well) that she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in her home state of Arkansas by attending the University of Arkansas Little Rock where she received a Master’s of Education with her content area being music & voice. A fun fact about Cheryl is that she is also an entrepreneur with her own all-natural skincare business called Candy Butta Skincare where she makes organic, scented shea-butter-based full body moisturizers; while pursuing her master’s degree, she was selected to be a contestant on ABC’s popular show Match Game with Alec Baldwin where the show featured her skincare product! The celebrity guests tried her Candy Butta on national television, and she also won the show, winning $10,000! That same year, as a vocalist (musically known as CandySoul), she also won first place on Showtime at The Apollo in Harlem, New York. She was featured in UALR’s press materials and represented well for the university!
Cheryl is elated to serve at her alma mater UA Little Rock as an Academic Advisor for the College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education and have a hand in helping students achieve their educational goals!