Cheryl Pepsii Riley

Cheryl Pepsi Riley
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 17, 2009

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Cheryl Pepsii Riley and Tyler Perry share camera time. The singer has contributed her powerhouse vocals to a number of his plays and films including his latest, “I Can Do Bad By Myself.”

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Cheryl Pepsii Riley serenades the crowd in January 1990.

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Riley married Chicago native Mike Grace seven years ago and the two have a beautiful 7-year-old son.

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Riley and her son John enjoy a day of recreation.

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Oldest son John and great niece Shaniyah keep Riley grounded.

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Riley is best known for her soul-stirring ballad “Thanks for My Child.”

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Patti LaBelle and Riley share face time after an event in Harlem, New York.

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Riley enjoys the outdoors in this retro photo.

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Riley performs at tribute concert for Aaliyah in New York on October 22, 2002.

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Riley works the red carpet at the premiere party for “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” at M2 nightclub in New York City.

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Riley and Patti Austin share a few laughs.

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Riley, who grew up a preacher’s kid, says she’s moreso spiritual than religious.

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Riley at Black Velvet Mondays at The Village Underground in New York City.

“We all came dressed in seventies garb,” says Riley. “I was Mocha Brown.”

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Although she’s a preacher’s kid, Riley says she’s always been grounded. “I was never disrespectful or buckwild.”

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Riley was part of the band that played for the Democratic Convention and they were also requested for the Inaugural Ball.

“We provided all the music, background, and in between music for both,” said Riley. “It was an awesome experience!”
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