TOMORROW at our KERB St Kats lunch market we’ve got Sherika Sherard soundtracking your lunch. 18 KERBanists (see line-up here), 32-degree heat, soul-soothing sounds from this amazing lady and a beautiful St Katharine Dock Marina… before you head down to eat and listen, meet Sherika. We asked her a few questions ahead of tomorrow. 

Born and raised in South London, it was after listening to Marvin Gaye Sherika came to realise she also wanted to discover her deepest emotions through performance and songwriting. When finding her sound Sherika says “Paolo Nutini told me to pick up the guitar and Nina Simone told me to reflect the current times”

Your story? 

I’m Singer- Songwriter from South London. Who started my career by busking on the Waterloo Southbank 3 years ago on Waterloo. I have gone on to perform internationally and have opened for Seal. My music was also personally chosen by Spike Lee to feature on his Netflix Series “She’s Gotta Have It”.

How did you get into busking / music? 

I started writing songs from a young age and just slowly started to play more venues around london, I actually started busking because I received the wrong pay check at the job I was working at the time, so had to go out and busk to pay my rent.

Inspiration behind your music? 

I just like to write the music people can just find comfort in and relate to. I usually write songs after good conversations.

What are you working on now? 

I am currently writing and self- producing my next release so please bare with me, I’m my worst critic.

What you’ll be singing at St Kats this Fri?

I’ll be singing a good mix of covers and originals to complement everyone’s lunch.

Favourite place in London?

Little Venice by Paddington, I always go for a good walk from there to Camden Locke.

Favourite restaurant/food place?

Plateaux in Brighton, the best food I’ve tasted in a while and I eat a lot of good food.

Favourite street food trader?

Bleecker Street and Yum Bun have been providing me with some rewarding lunches while busking for the past few years.

One piece of advice for anyone who wants to get into music / follow their dream (in whatever they want to do!)

Enjoy the journey.