Playing to sell-out arenas and global audiences, professional drummer Cherisse Osei celebrates 13 years of international touring. Working with industry legends and innovative, upcoming artists including Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Paloma Faith and MIKA. She has played the world’s best music festivals and featured on major American, UK and European TV shows. From Coachella and Glastonbury to the Isle of Wight, South by Southwest, Fuji Rock, Exit and Roskilde, she dazzles with versatility and verve. Cherisse Osei’s visual flamboyance and rock solid technique make her one of the most sought after drummers in the UK. 

Cherisse was given her first drums at the age of five – a pink Mickey Mouse kit from her uncle – and has been playing ever since. By 12 she was performing in bands and as a result exposed to many genres of music. Her fascination with drumming styles only continues to grow. 

In recognition of her talent, Cherisse was invited to the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony to perform a recording of the specially commissioned piece by composer Philip Sheppard in the National Stadium before an audience of 1.5 billion TV viewers.

Bryan Ferry

From 2015-2012, Cherisse played drums with Bryan Ferry. During this time she recorded on his latest album ‘Avonmore’ (released November 2014) and performed a packed schedule of live shows. In 2013, she embarked on a major UK tour with Bryan playing venues across the country including London’s Royal Albert Hall. During 2014, they toured America playing prestigious theatres and festivals, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. Their touring also took in Europe and playing the top UK summer festivals including headlining at Glastonbury. Cherisse also performed with Bryan on UK TV shows including Later…with Jools Holland. 

Paloma Faith

Between 2014-2012 Cherisse played live across the UK with Brit Award winner and singer/songwriter Paloma Faith, taking in tours and festivals including Isle of Wight and T in the Park. She appeared on numerous UK and US TV shows with Paloma, including Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Paloma’s third album, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ (released 2014) was certified double platinum and features the Top Ten singles Can’t Rely On You and Only Love Can Hurt Like This.

MIKA

From 2012-2006, Cherisse played and toured extensively with pop sensation Mika (Casablanca/Universal Island UK). Mika’s first album ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ went straight to number one in the UK chart, going platinum within the first 10 days. His first single Grace Kelly hit number one in the UK and the rest of Europe. It sold more than 7 million copies worldwide and earned Mika a Brit Award – winning British Breakthrough Act and a Grammy Awards nomination. In 2009, Mika released a second studio album, ‘The Boy Who Knew Too Much’ selling more than 2 million copies worldwide. It debuted at number four on the UK albums chart and at number one on the French chart, making it Mika’s second consecutive album to top the French chart. Cherisse played drums on the track Blame It On The Girls which became the second international single to reach number one in the Japan Hot 100 after Leona Lewis' 2008 hit Bleeding Love.

Cherisse featured frequently on major American TV shows with Mika including Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Show with David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Together, they played the key festivals including South by Southwest, Coachella, Fuji Rock, Exit, Sziget, Les Ardentes, Glastonbury and V.

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony

In recognition of her talent, Cherisse was invited to the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony to perform a recording of the specially commissioned piece by composer Philip Sheppard in the National Stadium before an audience of 1.5 billion TV viewers.

The Faders

From 2006-2004, Cherisse joined The Faders, an all-girl pop/punk/rock band signed to Polydor (Universal). The band released two singles which both charted in the UK Top 20 and recorded an album ‘Plug In + Play’released in Asia. The Faders featured on major TV shows performing and doing interviews including TOTP, Popworld, CD:UK and Saturday Showdown. During 2005, the band appeared in two episodes of the hit American TV series Veronica Mars, filming in San Diego. In 2006, The Faders supported Kelly Clarkson on her UK and Ireland tour. In the same year, Cherisse also toured with Swedish pop/folk/country band Calaisa (Universal Nashville).