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Cheryl Lynn

After being discovered on the Gong Show singing Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful”, the big-voiced Lynn was immediately signed to a record contract in 1977.
The following year, her debut single Got to Be Real was unleashed on the record-buying public as disco was dominating the airwaves. It hit the Top 5 and her follow-up single Star Love also got steady club play.

After disco died, Lynn churned out a string of R&B/dance hits including Shake It Up Tonight (1980), Encore (1981), and If This World Were Mine (1982) (a duet with then newcomer Luther Vandross).

By 1986, however, her career was at a virtual standstill.

Where are they now?

In 2004, her theme song Got to Be Real was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame (after being used in countless films and commercials).
That same year, she contributed a song to the soundtrack of the animated film Shark Tale (where Mary J. Blige also covered “Real”).

On her MySpace page, Lynn states on her blog that she’s “constantly working on new music”.

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17 responses to “Cheryl Lynn”

  1. Mr.Dewayne Moore says:

    Ms. Cheryl Lynn,
    Is the artist we’ve been waiting for with that INCREDIBLE,
    DYNAMIC, SYNTALATING , SULTRY & SINGING WITH SUCH
    TENACITY.
    Yes it was 1978, when my dream had been answered.
    Of course we have Ms.Franklin, Ms. Ross, Ms. Cole, Ms. Summers,
    Ms. Mills & Ms. King.
    I knew that there was someone missing from this Phenomenal
    Group of TALENTED FEMALE SINGERS.
    It was our GIFTED!!! Ms. CHERYL LYNN.
    She is LOVED BY Mr. Cleve Davis & Mr. David Foster.
    Mr. Jimmy Jamm & Mr. Terry Lewis, lets get those songs
    together!!! So we can JAMMMMMMM!!
    We need to hear Ms. Lynn, sing as if there were tomorrow!!!!
    YES SINGING YOUR INCREDIBLE, LOVING
    HEART OUT!!! My darlin.
    It was a pleasure meeting & dancing with you in 1984 at
    “THE CIRCLE STAR THEATHER”. In San Carlos, California,
    One of many encounters together. Always a fantastic
    Pleasure Ms. Cheryl Lynn.
    I Thank my mother for letting me play & dance to your albums,
    both sides.
    To build my endurance up, so that I could Dance all six songs
    without ( Perspiring My Butt Off).
    Love ya
    DeWayne

  2. Cynthia Bell says:

    Born with a gift. Cheryl Lynn thank you for sharing it with us! I never get tired of listening to you sing!

  3. Sheree says:

    Singing voices today ( 09-21-2019 ) cannot be compared to Cheryl Lynn’s voice from the 1970’s “Old School”……..

  4. YELLOWGIRL says:

    CHERLY LYNN inspired me to keep siinging along with Devere Duckette and Roche’ McDaniels and Kesha Ealy. I hope some singer years to come reads this and knows that someone inspired me to be all that I can. I was trained by the people I named minus Cheryl Lynn. Although Cheryl trained my voice through raido and earphones……..THANK YOU CHERYL LYNN……YOU ARE SIMPLY AWESOME AND I WISH I COULD HAVE MET YOU PERSONALLY BECAUSE I AM HERE IM LOS ANGELES…….TTYS!!! I HOPE!!!!!!!!

  5. Cheryl Lynn is alive and her voice is just as beau says:

    Cheryl Lynn is Alive and her voice is just as beautiful as it was 30 years ago! I saw her at the Bethesda Jazz & Supper Club in Maryland on 6/19/18 she was Amazing!! She is starting to tour more in the United States so hopefully you’ll see her soon!

  6. Loving Cheryl....?? says:

    I’ve never commented on these types of platforms before, but I just saw Cheryl Lynn sign “Got to be Real.” I Love her and that song!!! It took me back to my college days!! I was up singing and dancing with Cheryl!

  7. Alan the A train Johnson says:

    I would love Cheryl make a comeback on the neo-soul music side as well and allow her music to be remixed in Soulful House, I am a DJ I already remade Got to be real back in the days, I sure would like to make a serious comeback, it would definitely be off the chain

  8. frank Burns says:

    Sure miss hearing your voice Cheryl.

  9. come back and bring us somemore of that good music says:

    come back and bring us somemore of that good music

  10. Been bee says:

    So she is not died

  11. DOWENS says:

    OHH MY GOD CHERL LYNN HER VOICE IS CRISTAL CLEAR AND VERY POWERFUL.IF THIS IS WHAT A ANGEL SOUNDS LIKE CHER LYNN IS IT!!! THIS WOMAN IS STILL A RECORDING PRIM EXAMPLE OF A ARTIST

  12. Auri712@gmail.com says:

    Miss Cheryl Lynn needs to be featured on Unsung. She voice is one of a kind. I’d love to see her story.

  13. Markia Marlene says:

    I love Cheryl Lynn sooooo much. Not just for Got to real, but for her all her songs. My favorite song is Hurry Home. I still listen to this song today. I love knowing that she is still around. Love you.

  14. OMG, I LOVE Cheryl Lynn's To Be Real!!! Great son says:

    Cheryl – great singer, great band behind her – miss her on the radio!

  15. I mss you cheryl lynn. Please sing to us !!!!!! says:

    I mss you cheryl lynn. Please sing to us !!!!!!

  16. Mr. Kim White says:

    I love the song ” Got To Be Real ” and i’m happy to say that I meet Cheryl Lynn in 1977 – 78 in Jamaica , Queens at I belive it was at her road mang.. apartment she was beautiful then as i’m sure just as beautiful now. She was doing a show with other artists at a Budwiser concert

  17. mook says:

    Cheryl Lynn performed her signature hit “Got to Be Real” for the 2008 PBS special Hit Man: David Foster & Friends (a tribute to the producer who discovered her).

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