Chris Scheri was an original member of Australia’s first all girl heavy rock / metal band, SWEET JAYNE. For the duration of the band, from 1977 to 1983, Chris Scheri was lead singer, flute player for Sweet Jayne and she wrote or co-wrote with Cris Bonacci (ex GIRLSCHOOL) all of the band’s 70 song repertoire. The band split up in 1983, when MIKE OLDFIELD saw Sweet Jayne headlining at the Manzil Room during his Sydney tour and invited Chris Scheri to the U.K. to work for him as flute player and singer.
In 1984, Chris Scheri, via Ossy Hoppe Promotions ( who also managed WHITESNAKE ), signed a publishing contract with the German publishing house, Marie Marie Musikverlag, Hamburg for the European rights to some of her songs. Subsequently, RIK BORGIA from MINK DE VILLE produced 2 of Chris’s songs as covers for a girl duo in Holland.
In 1985 Chris Scheri concentrated on song writing and trying to secure releases and covers of her songs. ‘The Editions’, a Melbourne punk band covered her song, “Bring Me Undone”. Throughout the 1980’s Chris Scheri entered and was successful in various Songwriter awards.
In 1986, Chris Scheri set up ‘Music Recording Studio 7’ in Kingsway, South Melbourne in the ex Regency Recording control room and band rehearsal rooms. She worked for clients and musician friends and recorded her own songs inbetween. Studio7, with Chris as manager, engineer and producer, made a very wide and diverse range of recordings. Artists included STEFAN DENNIS from the T.V. series ‘NEIGHBOURS’ , JOSIE JASON’s solo projects, recordings for THE MAVIS’S first vinyl releases, Adrian Newington, Sisters of the Moon, Robyn Youlten, plus covers bands, jazz bands, heavy metal bands, Christmas carols for the Catholic Church and even a project for Safeway!
She also worked on songs for SUZI QUATRO, sometimes with Josie Jason playing guitars for the demos.
Studio 7 wound up in 1993 when the commercial building in which the studio was housed was sold and rennovated.
Live performances: Formerly concentrating on lead vocals and flute, Chris Scheri added keyboards, guitar, saxophone and backing vocals to her live
1991 - began working in covers bands and duos.
1992 - ORKIDS - covers and originals
1993 - ‘SBON - Jazz band and old standards. Muso club, and big band venues.
1994 - 1998 - WILD ORCHIDS
A duo with ROBYN YOULTEN that expanded out to a full all girl band eg. ‘Sisters of the Moon’ and sometimes morphed into a covers band eg. Robyn Chris and Geoff drummer or ‘TCR’ - Tanya Cavanagh, Chris Scheri and Robyn Youlten, or mixed bands such as KING COLE - ‘occasions’ bands.
In 1996, WILD ORCHIDS, featuring Chris Scheri and Robyn Youlten released a 13 track CD, “Past all the Edges”, previewed at MIETTAS and launched at THE WALNUT TREE.
AWARDS and NOMINATIONS FOR SONGWRITING:
1978 SWEET JAYNE won the AUSTRALASIAN BATTLE of the BANDS.
Sponsored by 3XY, Hoadleys and Yamaha.
1981 CALIFORNIA LYRIC 8 Competition - Chris Scheri won Certificate of Merit for the lyrics to her song, “Be With You Again”.
1984 PATERS Australasian Songwriter Awards (Radio Awards)
Chris Scheri’s song, “Pictures on the Wall” nominated in the top 4 for Best New Rock Song 1984.
1985 PATERS Australasian Songwriter Awards:
Chris Scheri’s song, “Who’s to Say” nominated in the top 4 for Best New Rock Song 1985.
2 of Chris Scheri’s songs, “Save Me to Save You” and “Ghosts of the Past” nominated in the top 4 for Best New Lovesong 1985.
Chris Scheri’s song, “SAVE ME TO SAVE YOU” WON BEST NEW LOVESONG 1985 AWARD and the trophy was presented by BOB GELDORF
1986 - Chris Scheri’s song “Pictures on the Wall nominated for an award in the NASHVILLE SONGWRITER AWARDS.
1989/1990 Chris Scheri - awards for her songs “Always” and “Remember”
American Songwriter awards.
RELEASES / DISCOGRAPHY:
1978 Cassette album. Sweet Jayne. TCS sessions. Channel 9 Studios.
1978 Cassingle “Star Spinner” b/w “The BikeRider Song” Sweet Jayne TCS sessions. Both releases engineered by MARK MOFFAT at Channel 9 Studios
1979 “Images/Fantasy King” Scheri / Bonacci composition featured in the film “Changes” (Filmpro) with video footage of Sweet Jayne.
1979 Sweet Jayne 5 track E.P. Vinyl 7” Recorded at Latrobe University with Martin Coogan. Tracks - “Ambiguous Girl” Chris Scheri, “State of Mind” Chris Scheri, “Omniscience” Scheri/Bonacci, “Some People” Chris Scheri, “Crushed and Crazy” Scheri/Bonacci.
1980 7” Vinyl single “Icarus”/ “State of Mind’ written by Chris Scheri, arranged with Cris Bonacci and Sweet Jayne. Released by Cleopatra Records.
1981 Cassette E.P. from Richmond Recorders sessions with Chris Thompson. 3 tracks “Something to Believe in”, “Captives”, “Going Down” written by Chris Scheri, arranged with Sweet Jayne.
1982 “Icarus” Filmclip. Sweet Jayne
1986 Chris Scheri solo release. Vinyl 7” “Pictures on the Wall” b/w “Heartbeat” Released by POSSUM RECORDS. Published by RONDOR MUSIC. Distributed by RCA.
1986 Film Clip for “Pictures on the Wall’” by Chris Scheri and featuring Chris Scheri, Cris Bonacci, Dale Greenwood and Peter Binns.
1987 “Guardian Angel” b/w “Eloquent Eyes” Chris Scheri solo. Cassingle.
Limited edition - 1,000 copies commisioned by Amway.
1993 “Heartbeat” and chris Scheri’s music used in award winning film by Robert Herbert , “He and She”.
1994 Orchids cassette E.P. released by the Artist Support Collective.
1994 MASC for Rwanda compilation CD - Screaming Jets, Shivai, Josie Jason and the Argonauts, Wild Orchids, and other artists from the Support Collective. Track “Sweet Autumn Night” Youlten/Scheri
1996 WILD ORCHIDS 13 track CD.
1999 “You are a Rose” Limited edition cassette release. Based on Pachelbel’s Canon in D with added flute and vocal lines.
2012 “Going Down To Mark’s Place” Chris Scheri solo. You Tube, MySpace and Sound Cloud internet release.