|Cheryl James Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||March 28, 1966|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Cheryl James is an American rapper and songwriter who is most well recognized for being an integral member of the female rap trio Salt-N-Pepa with whom she had released the studio albums Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986), A Salt with a Deadly Pepa (1988), Blacks’ Magic (1990), Very Necessary (1993), and Brand New (1997). The group was a commercially successful entity, highlighted by the fact that all of those albums were certified either ‘Platinum’ or ‘Gold’ by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She has also been a central character in the reality TV show The Salt-N-Pepa Show (2008) which had focused on the reformation of the group after it had disbanded in 2002.
Cheryl Renee James
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Cheryl had graduated, in 1983, from the Grover Cleveland High School, in Queens, New York City. She had then joined the Queensborough Community College, in Bayside, Queens, to study nursing.
- Father – Her father was a transit worker.
- Mother – Barbara James (Banker)
- Siblings – She has an older brother and a younger sister.
Hip-Hop, Rap, Dance, Pop, Pop Rap
- Next Plateau Entertainment
- London Recordings
- PolyGram N.V.
- Red Ant
- Island Records
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Cheryl has dated –
- Hurby Azor (1984–1989) – Between 1984 and 1989, Cheryl had dated Haitian musician and hip-hop music producer Hurby Azor. Hurby had also served as the group manager of her band Salt N’ Pepa in its early days.
- Gavin Wray (1990-2018) – She began dating Gavin Wray in 1990 and the couple got married more than a decade later, on December 24, 2000. They have 2 children together – a daughter named Corin Wray (b. 1991) and a son named Chapele Wray (b. 1999). The couple got divorced in 2018.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of African-American descent.
- Curvaceous figure
- Shoulder-length, straight hair
- Charming smile
- Gleaming face
- Has a mole on her neck
Christianity (Seventh-day Adventism)
Cheryl James Facts
- Cheryl had met her future Salt-N-Pepa bandmate, Sandra Denton, in 1985 while they were both studying nursing at the Queensborough Community College. They had become close friends soon, and before the formation of the music group Salt-N-Pepa (initially known as Super Nature), had even worked together as telephone solicitors at a Sears store.
- Salt-N-Pepa had created the records for being the first female rap group to record ‘Gold’, ‘Platinum’, and ‘Multi-Platinum’ albums, as well as the first female group to win a Grammy award.
- She was placed at number 83 on VH1‘s list of the ‘100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll’. One of her most popular songs with Salt-N-Pepa, titled Push It (1987), was ranked at number 37 in VH1‘s list of the ‘100 Greatest Dance Songs’.
- She and her daughter Corin were referenced in iconic rapper Tupac Shakur‘s 1993 song titled Keep Ya Head Up.’
- The same year, she had also co-starred in the thriller comedy film Who’s the Man?.
- She was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ethiopia, during a mission trip that she had undertaken with Oakwood College.
Featured Image by Cheryl James / Instagram