Sherrie Austin was born Sherrie Veronica Krenn in Sydney, Australia on 28th August 1970. Austin’s first taste of fame came in 1985 at the age of 14 when she was asked to open for Johnny Cash’s Australian Tour. After touring with Cash, Austin was spotted by NBC who were casting for the role of Pippa McKenna in The Facts of Life.
Austin accepted the NBC role and, together with her mother, moved to California. After The Facts of Life, Austin appeared in a few minor movies such as An American Summer, Exile, Shadows of the Heart and Call from Space. However, Austin had alays been more interested in music than acting and was to move back into music n the early 1990’s.
In 1992, Sherrie Austin together with Phil Radford formed Colorhaus and released an album entitled, Water to the Soul . The album was unsuccessful and the duo parted. Sherrie decided to go back to what she new best, country music and flew to Nashville to attempt to make it there. Sherrie wrote and performed her own songs and was noticed by Arista Records. Arista signed her and she changed her name to Sherrie Austin. Austin’s debut solo album, Words, was released in 1997. The album was moderately successful, with the singles ‘One Solitary Tear’ and ‘Lucky In Love’ providing minor hits.
Austin’s second album ‘Love In The Real World’ was more successful, and her single ‘Never Been Kissed’ charted well across the Country Charts. In conjunction with the single Austin also launched a charity lipstick called Austintatious.
In 2000, Arista Records were took over by RCA and Austin was released from her contract. Austin and her publisher Ree Guyer-Buchanan founded there own independent record label named WE Records. Austin launched her third album, ‘Followin’ A Feelin” under this label in March 2001. ‘Jolene’, a cover of the Dolly Parton’s famous song, was the only hit. After the album she focused more on songwriting and wrote songs for Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, Tammy Cochran, Hal Ketchem and Tim Rushlow.
2003 saw Austin return to the studio with the Broken Bow/C4 Records label. The album was named ‘Streets of Heaven’. Three of the title single, ‘Streets of Heaven’ broke into the US Country Top 20.