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Sheryl Diane

Sheryl Diane (Shumsky) was born in the small town of Glasgow in northeastern Montana and went home to a musically inclined family on a ranch outside of Wolf Point. By memorizing Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag as a teen, she transformed herself from a mere piano player into an inspired composer.

As a young woman, she went to study music at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and crossed paths with her future husband, Joe Bass (bassist for Jeremy Enigk, The Posies, and Sky Cries Mary). While Joe produced local concerts, they imbibed the exciting new sounds of awe-inspiring bands like The Flaming Lips, The Meat Puppets, Jonathan Richman, Firehose, Camper Van Beethoven and more. Joe was a working bass player and he helped develop Sheryl’s first band, which he named Sheryl and The Spineless Yesmen.

Sheryl and Joe have two children, Brette and Jaxin. After their amicable parting, Sheryl relocated with the kids to Bellingham, Washington. She then transferred to Fairhaven College and completed a self-designed concentration “Aural Media” in 1991. At Fairhaven’s Recording Studio she began recording her original songs. Building on the experience gained by helping Joe produce shows and DJ-ing (at KGLT) in Bozeman; Sheryl moved forward by getting hired as the Special Events Coordinator for Western Washington University and also DJ’d (at KUGS) in Bellingham. After completing her degree she moved to Seattle.

Focusing on performance she frequently appeared at the famed O.K. Hotel (of Nirvana and “Singles” fame). She then developed her next band, The Figs – a trio consisting of piano, Sheryl Diane; bass, Kate Coniff; and on drums, Kevin Guess. They appeared as musical guests on the notorious “Carlotta’s Late Night Wing Ding,” which earned Best Late Night Comedy Series that year from The Seattle Weekly. At Seattle’s Café Venus and the Mars Bar, Sheryl began producing, performing in and hosting a buzz-worthy women’s songwriter series, she dubbed “Wine, Women & Chocolate.” During its five year run in Seattle, Sheryl developed a demo recording of her original songs called, A Decade in Residence at Hotel Emo. She followed that with a more polished 4 song EP, Blackberry Love (2004) that gained some regional college radio play and the title track earned an Honorable Mention in the We Are Listening song contest.

Spring of 2005, Sheryl produced and performed in the boldly bad-ass musical comedy, “Sunday Bunny Sunday.” A three act bunny farce depicting death and resurrection. While appearing in bit parts for Jason Jensen’s Fricker’s Follies, a vaudeville-like troupe, she began to integrate a carnival theme into her songwriting.

In late December of 2006, Sheryl Diane sauntered into the Seamonster Lounge and met powerhouse drummer, Woogie D. (Derneill Washington). He was DJ-ing a show in honor of James Brown, who had just died. They immediately conspired to make music and their musical connection spun together like a cosmic love child of James Brown and Peggy Lee, spawning Sheryl’s retro-soul, nuevo carnival sound. Her debut album, Sheryl Diane's Dream Carnival, features Woogie D. and a myriad of the finest rock, funk, and jazz musicians in the city of Seattle. After a 4 year stint in New Orleans studying swing jazz, Sheryl returned to Seattle in 2016 where she continues to write, record, perform, teach piano and enjoy life!