Ava Cherry’s journey through the rock and roll scene is something of awe. Rubbing elbows with Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin, working with David Bowie, and sustaining a five decade long career — this artist knows exactly what she’s doing.
“Testify Love” is Cherry’s latest single and the first from her upcoming full-length record: her first on Pepper Gomez’s Chicago-Miami based record label Wake Up! Music. This move marks a new phase in a career that is already dazzling. “Testify Love” is proof of this.
Soul energy is pulled along by blitzing lights and danceable rhythms. Cherry finds solid repetition in the timeless lyrics, “I do it all in the name of love / I testify love.” Strings give a cinematic edge, and a musical breakdown brings the dance energy to its fruition. The accompanying clip showcases Cherry’s raw performance energy on a stage, in the city, or silhouetted against an epic sunset sprawl. She even — in the energetic crux of the song — pulls out an air guitar.
It’s difficult not to have fun to this music … it’s clear that the creator did.