Tieshay Cheryl, born as Tieshay Skinner,is a proud Black woman born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She goes by the stage name Tieshay Cheryl because Cheryl is the first name of the two closest women to her heart, her Mother and her Godmother. Tieshay has been surrounded by creativity, music and the performing arts her entire life. Tieshay got her start as a performing artist during her elementary school year's as a member of the African drum team. Later in High School she would join the choir and become a performing spoken word artist. Music has been apart of Tieshay's life for as long as she can remember, from Karaoke nights with the family to having song writing and singing sessions with her younger sister. Tieshay wrote her first song around the age of 10. It was a gospel melody she and her sister created. It wasn't until college that Tieshay truly discovered her voice. In 2014 she would team up with Pittsburgh underground Rapper Bruce Lii as the opening voice/spoken word on his mix-tape "Outspoken" and also feature on a collaborative track.
Tieshay is the proud founder of the IUP Artistry Movement, a creative writing based organization on Indiana University Of Pennsylvania's (IUP) campus. Tieshay has had the opportunity to provide the insuring motivating opening spoken word for prominent figures such as Michael Skolnick (ActIvist/News Commentator) and Sabrina Fulton ( Trayvon Martin's Mother) for the “He has a Name series”. Tieshay has directed and starred in several stage productions. In 2015 she introduced The IUP and Indiana community to her newly found organization with a spoken word and music filled stage production called “Black Lives Matter.” Tieshay has been one of the keynote speakers and spoken word artist at several of Indiana University of Pennsylvania”s collegiate and community events, The most notable being the IUP minority graduation for class of 2014 and 2016.
Tieshay has served as one of the leading voices on several advocacy panels. Panel topics include but are not limited to, beauty, self love/acceptance, race, Black history and many more intellectual debates surrounded around Black culture, society and education.
Tieshay Cheryl aspires to be a continuous leader within the community, using her spoken word, music and verbal gifts as a means of self expression, inspiration and advocacy.