Vivacious, exuberant, ebullient, SHERYL YOUNGBLOOD is a force to behold on and offstage. This Chicago Blues Hall-Of-Famer embraces you with the warmth of a lifetime of singing Gospel, R&B and the Blues in her ballads and at the peak of her rockin’ soul performances, knocks the walls down. This top tier vocalist and drummer fronts brilliant musicians in no less than three bands; an all-woman aggregate known as Ultimately Blessed, a funk/r&b dance ensemble called SAYYES! and the Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band.

Often seen at BLUE CHICAGO, 536 N. Clark St. in the heart of River North, Mz Youngblood is an ambassador to visitors from all over the world, embodying the spirit of Chicago music at its best. When asked to describe the joy she feels on stage, Sheryl says, “It’s an amazing feeling, just indescribable.” What she struggles to describe in words, she finds in the ultimate expression of singing, dancing and stagecraft. Pressed for more, she offers: “Playing for people is the ultimate high.” And it shows with every note and gesture this brilliant artist gives.  

Youngblood’s two self-released cds, Stranger In My Bed and Live at House Of Blues can be found by contacting her at: https://www.facebook.com/SAYYESBAND

For a post-Covid dose of Chicago Blues and soulful balladry, catch Sheryl and her blues band at Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted from 6:30 PM-midnight this Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Photo taken at Blue Chicago, May 6, 2021.

– Peter M. Hurley

Mr. Hurley is a contributing photographer and writer for Living Blues Magazine and the staff photographer for Chicago Blues Network. His recent book Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago, in collaboration with Blues historian and author David Whiteis, showcases his work in the field. His passion for blues music began with the Chess Studios’ sound of Bo Diddley and continues to this day.
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