The family bluegrass group Cherryholmes started after the death of the eldest daughter. They needed to get away and chose to spend their time at a bluegrass festival to get their minds off of the tragedy. After the festival, they made the plans to start their own family band. The Cherryholmes consists of father Jere Cherryholmes, mother Sandy Lee, and children Cia, Leigh, B.J., Skip and Molly Kate. Each child was assigned a different instrument, while Jere took the lead, using his background in Celtic music to instruct the band. The band’s foundation begins with the old-fashioned hard work and the embodiment of the American bluegrass dream.
The family has released seven albums, including three self-released ones. The other four were released under the Skaggs Family Records recording company. In 2011, the band announced that, in consideration of the children’s careers, families and aspirations, they would perform their last show together in May of 2011. Since then, Molly Kate released her own solo project, Corporation Insania. Skip started the band The Skip Cherryholmes Quintent. Cia, in September of 2011, started Stetson and Cia, her own project, while B.J. joined the bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent and debuted at the Ryman Auditorium during Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman.
Before their disbandment, Cherryholmes received the International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year award in 2005. They were nominated for the same award again in 2007. They have been nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Bluegrass Album for three consecutive years in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The band also has been a guest artist on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
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