Welcome to the ReverbNation page of Americana and roots singer/songwriter Sheryl Wiser and her new collaboration with Seattle guitarist Pete Alba as The Beautiful Strangers. Sheryl is well known in the Northwest for her soulful, intelligent songwriting, rhythmic stories and beautiful voice. Guitarist Pete Alba has performed on a wide variety of styles from rock, funk R&B, blues, country and jazz heralded by his infectious energy and passion.
Together, these two artists are creating a finely honed blend of song craft and performance focusing on Wiser's deftly penned originals and the duo's intriguing versions of eclectic covers from the Americana songbook. As a singer, songwriter and musician who is deeply rooted in multiple genres, the one that probably comes closest to describing Sheryl's current style, and that of The Beautiful Strangers would be roots and blues side of Americana. Music with definitive grit and edge, evocative of Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi and Kathleen Edwards.
The Seattle Times calls Sheryl a gifted singer and songwriter. "Wiser writes emotional, rhythmically stirring songs and delivers them with passion. Her music is sharp and clean, featuring a sweet, powerful voice tempered by rich, stunning melody. Her music compels you to listen, and as you’re drawn into the web she weaves of thoughts and feelings and ideas, you find yourself walking on the edge of a quick wit sharpened with water-deep emotions.”
An accomplished guitarist, mufti-instrumentalist and educator for more than 25 years, Pete is currently on staff at Edmonds Community College. Before moving to Seattle in 2005, Pete spent 12 years in New Orleans as a full-time and sought after guitarist performing simultaneously with multiple bands ranging from blues, R&B and country to bluegrass, rockabilly and soul. This is where he developed his affinity for a blues-based, American style of music and earned his Masters Degree in Music from the University of New Orleans.