It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, leaving fans of the New England songwriter to watch in wonder as the two tussle for control of the mic. There is Poet Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her twin, Comic Cheryl, a militant trend-defier, accomplished yarn-spinner, and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic.
Few other singer-songwriters can have you in hysterics one minute, while breaking your heart the next. Fame magazine puts it well: “Cheryl Wheeler is an anomaly on the acoustic music scene. She has a rare gift for writing songs with lush melodies and lyrics of incredible beauty. On the other hand, she is a master of quick wit. Her observational humor has brought us a number of songs describing the utter ridiculousness of the world around us. And then there is the richness of her silky alto telling us what lies in the deepest recesses of her songwriter’s heart.”
Wheeler’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Mattea and Holly Near.