March 11 Happy Birthday Cia Cherryholmes

Happy Birthday Cia Cherryholmes, born March 11, 1984, who began learning to play the guitar at the age of 15 after Shelly, her twenty-year-old sister, died unexpectedly in March 1999. In April, her parents took the family to a local bluegrass festival, after which they and their children started learning to play bluegrass music. They began playing in April; in July they auditioned, and were hired, for their first gig at Oak Tree Village, Oak Glen in the San Bernardino Mountains. From then they played regularly as amateurs at bluegrass venues and festivals throughout southern California and Arizona.
They turned professional in 2000. Cia Cherryholmes was the lead vocalist, composer, and banjo player for the internationally acclaimed band Cherryholmes. On January 12, 2011, Cherryholmes announced that they would disband, saying that the younger members needed to choose their own paths without the extreme interdependence that exists in a family business. They performed their last show together on May 7, 2011 in Galax, Virginia.
Cia Cherryholmes gained fame as bluegrass music’s banjo sweetheart as a member of the Cherryholmes family bluegrass band and as their lead singer, banjoist, and prominant songwriter, she garnered 5 Grammy nominations over the band’s 12 year career and can be heard as a backup artist on many industry projects.
After the band disolved, Stetson Adkisson and Cia began performing together. They began touring in 2011 under the name Stetson & Cia, playing Americana, folk, and bluegrass events. In 2012, they officially changed their band name to Songs of the Fall and teamed up with Grammy award winning producer Paul Ebersold to record their self-titled debut album.
On May 20, 2012, in an intimate setting with close friends and family present, Stetson and Cia officially became husband and wife. 2016 brought the arrival of the newest member of the group, their daughter Avery, who tours with them now as well and will be a world traveler before the age of 1. 2017 brings the release of a brand new album and the “Confessions” tour which will take them all over the U.S. and Europe. Stetson, Cia and Avery live in the high mountains of Colorado in Pagosa Springs and enjoy a life in the great outdoors when not on the road.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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