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Published on December 28th, 2012 | by NSB Observer

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Local Grandmother of 19 Cuts Album

As she enters the seventh decade of life, New Smyrna Beach grandmother, Sheri McHenry, re-lit her singing/songwriting career.  The album entitled, “Songs from The Basilica” was released in November and has already brought in four figures to benefit a preservation fund for the Basilica of St. Paul in Daytona Beach.

Decades ago Ms. McHenry was a folk singer, recording and performing throughout the Pacific Northwest. After retirement in Florida with her husband Randy, Sheri began singing at church and the rust on the old vocal cords began to flake away.

Now a regular singer at the Basilica of St. Paul, Sheri was asked by the director to record some of her original compositions. With nothing but a home-recording program, an electronic piano and a voice, an album emerged.

There was absolutely no cost to the church since many professionals volunteered their services, knowing it would benefit the preservation fund for The Basilica.

The music, some classical, some folk and some original is most-often described as “absolutely beautiful” and “peaceful.”

Sheri recalled the words of a syndicated advice columnist, responding to a reader who said he didn’t want to start a new career, because in a few years he would be 70. The columnist asked him how old he would be in a few years if he didn’t do it.

Sheri said, “I wanted to share my music, and at the same time, benefit this beautiful iconic edifice, which has served many souls for the better part of a century, (because) just like people, lovely buildings require a little more maintenance as they age.”

The album is currently available at the Basilica of St Paul’s gift counter, in the lobby, after services or by calling 386-402-8159.

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