We chatted with 2022 Grammy Nominee Cheri Moon about her first-ever Grammy nomination for “Best Children’s Music Album” with the group ‘One Tribe Collective’ under her performance name ‘Snooknuk’ with artists from all over the world. We asked Cheri about being nominated for a Grammy, her musical sound and influences and much more. Check out our conversation below.
What was going through your mind when you were nominated for a Grammy?
Cheri Moon (CM): I was ECSTATIC! I couldn’t believe the day that I had dreamt about many times was actually happening. And to top it all off, Jon Batiste announced my categories and stated that it’s a genre that’s near and dear to his heart! That was an honor itself being that I absolutely love his work and also, he’s nominated in 11 categories himself! Such a moment!
How excited are you to be releasing new music?
CM: I’m just so grateful to still be able to do what I love and be recognized for it. Every chance I get to create and release new music I’m super grateful.
When people listen to your music, what are you hoping they get out of it?
CM: I always hope that my music inspires people in some way. I like being able to contribute to someone’s life positively. At the very least if they can dance or be entertained, then it’s a win!
How would you describe the sound of your music?
CM: The sound of my music is quite infused with many genres. I use pop influences, doo pop, orchestral, electronic, R&B, and more. Call & response is another format I like to use as well. It’s usually very catchy and memorable.
Who would you say are some of your musical influences?
CM: For the Family music genre, I love Ella Jenkins, she’s such a classic performer and teacher. Everything just hits home. Also, Raffi, and I just love Julie Andrew’s work as an actress/performer.
Did you always know that music was something you wanted to pursue?
CM: I knew at a very young age I loved music and I loved performing because I couldn’t stop doing it as a kid. I come from a very musical family, so it was in my blood. I never really knew how my life in music would evolve. I had moments where I was unsure if it was the path for me, but something always led me back to it. As I developed my writing skills, I became more passionate about music, and even more, now that these positive messages come to me in song, I know that it’s meant for me to put these words out into the world. I’m given this gift for a reason. It’s bigger than me.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
CM: Be open to where your talent can take you. It may not always be exactly where you thought but there’s always a reason why you’re there. Positive or negative, take it all in and use it for your next venture. Every step is ammunition for what’s to come.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
CM: With my Snooknuk project, definitely my Grammy Nominated one, “We’re all the Same” but also “Listen, Listen” and “Good Morning, Good Morning.”
Can you describe your creative process when you’re writing new music?
CM: There are a few different ways it can go when coming up with new songs. I either get inspired about a topic or subject. Then I create melodies that compliment it or if the melodies come first, I’ll just write what comes to mind when initially creating the melodies. Words can all change at any time during this process. If the melody is very strong then you can play around with what you’re saying. I don’t have one set formula, I tend to go with whatever comes first whether it’s the lyrics, melody, the hook, or the verse just the flush out the initial idea, and then I challenge myself by coming up with a couple of different ideas for each song and see what’s the strongest.
What has been the best advice someone has given you about music?
CM: One of the great suggestions from someone is to try writing about different things outside of your typical topics such as love to see how diverse you can make your subjects.
Which musician(s) would you like to collaborate with in the future?
CM: I would love to work with Pharrell Williams and Jon Batiste.
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