|Full Name Cheryl Riley|
Children John Grace
Spouse Mike Grace (m. 2003–2009)
Years active 1985–present
Name Cheryl Riley
|Born October 18, 1968 (age 52) (1968-10-18) Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.|
Associated acts Tamela Mann, D'atra Hicks, Michel'le, Keith Sweat, Babyface, Johnny Gill
Similar People Chandra Currelley‑Young, Patrice Lovely, Tyler Perry, Black Rob, Meli'sa Morgan
Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley (born October 18, 1968) is an American R&B/soul and gospel singer and actress. She is best known for her 1988 ballad "Thanks for My Child." She also starred in Tyler Perry's stageplays including; Madea's Class Reunion (2003) and Why Did I Get Married? (2006).
- Cheryl Pepsii Riley Thanks for My Child
- Cheryl Pepsii Riley Me Myself And I
- Early life and career
- Later career
- Personal life
Cheryl 'Pepsii' Riley - Thanks for My Child
Cheryl 'Pepsii' Riley - Me, Myself And I
Early life and career
Born Cheryl Ann Riley in Brooklyn, New York she worked as a nurse for handicapped children before beginning her singing career. She topped the US R&B chart and hit the Top 40 on the pop chart at #32 with the 1988 ballad, "Thanks for My Child," a song written by Full Force. It peaked at #75 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1989. The genesis of "Thanks for My Child" began with Full Force member Bowlegged Lou's experience with the complications of his wife's first pregnancy.
The title track single to her debut LP Me Myself and I made it to number 18 on the R&B charts in early 1989. Another single, "Every Little Thing About You," peaked at number 55 on the R&B charts later that year. Her second LP, Chapters, was issued and yielded the singles "How Can You Hurt the One You Love" and a cover of Aretha Franklin's 1968 hit "Ain't No Way". Her third album All That! was released by Reprise, and featured the singles "Gimme" and "Guess I'm in Love."
After a hiatus from the entertainment industry, Riley re-emerged in the late 90's by appearing on the songs "I Love It" and "Look Around" on The Beatnuts album A Musical Massacre. Riley also starred in a number of gospel plays for best-selling playwright Tyler Perry, including Madea's Class Reunion, Madea Goes to Jail, Why Did I Get Married?, Laugh to Keep from Crying, Madea's Big Happy Family and the most recent, A Madea Christmas. Riley also appeared in the film versions of Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Big Happy Family. She is also starred in Tyler Perry's Madea Gets a Job (2012) and Tyler Perry's Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned (2014). On June 27, 2006, she released her first album in fourteen years, called Let Me Be Me.
In 2003, she married New York native Mike Grace and together they had a son named John Grace. In a recent interview with Lenny Green she mentioned that the couple had divorced.