It shouldn’t be too hard to tell a real thing from the next hype, especially for those who’s been around long enough. A true artist, whether he’s spinning or singing (or both) is not something we stumble upon very often. What separates a true artist from the rest of the pack and makes us gaze in admiration?
Meet Andy & Dorothy Sherman, a dynamic duo like no other. Born into a family where singing was as natural (if not more so) as speaking, it didn’t take long for both of them to follow their dad’s and uncle’s (Sherman Brothers) musical footsteps.
All kinds of music made it into the Sherman’s living room: soul, jazz, gospel, disco, old Motown records... Andy and Dorothy sure know their classics.
Andy: ‘As kids we were surrounded by music. There was never a doubt on our minds about the future occupation. We just didn’t know better and yet again, if given another chance to start over… we wouldn’t probably change a thing. Our family’s musical legacy provided us with a solid foundation and we just kept building on that ever since. ’
Dorothy: ‘When we weren’t doing a show, we would rehearse or sometimes just hang out in the studio, observing and learning. Practice makes perfect, our dad used to say. And boy, did we practice! We basically grew up on stage, touring with Sherman Brothers. Our musical heroes? Just to name a few: H Town, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Prince, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bebe & Cece Winans, Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka Kahn, Donny Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway, Toto, Kim Burrel and many more’
When the time came to spread their wings and make the next move they were more than ready. Next move being their own, separate carriers. Which probably explains why it took them a couple of years to “get back together” and come up with an idea for Shermanology.
Andy got discovered by Jimmy Low from Public Demand Records, moved to the UK to become Artfull Dodger’s new lead singer, replacing Craig David and joining bands world tour.
Dorothy gigged all over Europe for three straight years as a lead singer of a Suprèmes Tribute , Platters Tribute and other Motown shows.
During that crazy time they didn’t see each other much, but when they did they’d end up making plans to perform together again. The only problem was that they were constantly moving around, rarely being at one place or even country at the same time. That had to be dealt with first.
Andy: ‘Dorothy and I have reached the point where we felt comfortable enough to join forces again. We’d seen the world, gained a lot of stage experience and both thought that we were ready for some next level performance, something else, something new. So we decided it was time for us to move back to Holland’
The rest is history. In no time Andy’s mc/singer carrier took off and Dorothy’s amazing voice got discovered by every DJ/producer in town. For starters, DJ Roog (Hardsoul) offered her to do the vocals on “Self Religion”. The track got signed by Defected and was a massive club hit.
Than Andy did the vocals on Dr. Kucho’s “Lies to yourself” and the track turned out to be a hit too.
Good news travelled fast and so in June 2008 both Andy and Dorothy were featuring on DJ’s Fedde le Grand’s and Funkerman single called “3 minutes to explain”, another huge club hit (Flamingo Recordings)
The collaboration with Flamingo was a successful one didn’t end with “3 minutes to explain”.
Andy: “The chemistry was just there and we have a couple more upcoming records to prove it. It all came together and clicked like LEGO blocks”
Armed with a couple of successful tracks Andy & Dorothy were doing live performances all over the globe. This is the part normally followed by “and they lived happily ever after” but in their case it goes: “and they launched a new live act, called Shermanology”.
Dorothy: ‘Shermanology is a live act where we both sing and Andy spins as well. The idea was to create an act where the DJ and the singer / mc are as in sync as they possibly can be. And since it’s pretty hard to get a DJ to sing we figured we’d be better off getting a singer to spin! Andy was always into DJ-ing anyway so it all kinda fell into place when he got behind the decks. ’
After a lot of practicing and a successful showcase during the Amsterdam Dance Event 2008, Shermanology was a fact.
So what’s next with these two former wonder kids turned successful artists?
Andy: ‘We’ve never had a master plan, we just followed our gut and stuck with good music. Shermanology seemed like a good next step for both of us’
We’ll just have to wait and see, aren’t we…
One thing is for sure: these two are unlikely to stop re-inventing themselves and maybe that is a thing that separates Shermanology and its members from the rest of the pack.
Maybe we all should “just follow our gut and stick with good music”
Shermanology…To be continued……