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Sherrié Austin

Sherrié Austin onboard the USS Enterprise in 2004
Background information
Birth name Sherrie Veronica Krenn
Born August 28, 1970 (1970-08-28) (age 39)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Country
Occupations Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992 - present
Labels Arista
Broken Bow
Associated acts Colorhaus

Sherrie Veronica Krenn (born August 28, 1970 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian actress and singer, known professionally as Sherrié Austin. Active as a singer since her teenage years, Sherrié initially recorded as one half of the duo Colorhaus, which also featured Phil Radford. After leaving Colorhaus, she recorded one album in her native Australia before moving to the United States in pursuit of a singing career. There, she recorded four studio albums, and charted several singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest-charting single was the #18 "Streets of Heaven" in 2003.



Austin got her start in music opening for Johnny Cash in Australia at the age of 14. She later moved to the United States where she took up acting. She is most known in America for playing the role of Pippa McKenna on The Facts of Life in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, she started a singing career, teaming up with Phil Radford in 1992 to form a duo called Colorhaus, which released one album, Water to the Soul.[1]

Afterward, Austin moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in country music. Her first solo contract was with Arista Nashville, with the album Words being released in 1997. It produced singles in "Lucky in Love", "One Solitary Tear", "Put Your Heart into It", and "Innocent Man". "Lucky in Love" and "Put Your Heart into It" both reached Top 40 on the country charts with a peak of #34 each.

Her second and final album for Arista was 1999's Love in the Real World, led off by the #29 "Never Been Kissed", which was followed by "Little Bird." After RCA acquired Arista Records, Austin's publishing company, Reynsong Publishing, formed Wrensong Entertainment and signed to Madacy Entertainment for her next album, Followin' a Feelin', which produced another single in its lead-off single, a cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene".

Later, she switched to the independent Broken Bow Records label. Her fourth album of country music, titled Streets of Heaven, produced her biggest country hit in its title track. Following this single was "Son of a Preacher Man", a cover of the Dusty Springfield song, which was never included on an album.

Sherrie co-wrote Danielle Peck's 2007 single "Bad for Me", the title track to Blake Shelton's 2008 album Startin' Fires, George Strait's "Where Have I Been All My Life" off his 2009 album Twang,[2] and Tim McGraw's duet, with wife Faith Hill, "Shotgun Rider" off his Let it Go album in 2007.[3] Austin left Broken Bow in 2008.[4]



Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Indie US Heat
1992 Water to the Soul (as Colourhaus)
1997 Words 41 35
1999 Love in the Real World
  • Released: August 10, 1999
  • Label: Arista Nashville
14 150 8
2001 Followin' a Feelin' 43 38
2003 Streets of Heaven 22 144 6 3
"—" denotes the album failed to chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1992 "Innocent Child" 50 Water to the Soul (as Colouhaus)
1997 "Lucky in Love" 34 31 Words
"One Solitary Tear" 41 85
1998 "Put Your Heart into It" 34 104 36
"Innocent Man" 74 87
1999 "Never Been Kissed" 29 89 31 Love in the Real World
"Little Bird" 49 43
2001 "Jolene" 55 Followin' a Feelin'
"Time, Love and Money"
2002 "In the Meantime"
2003 "Streets of Heaven" 18 113 Streets of Heaven
2004 "Drivin' into the Sun" 50
"Son of a Preacher Man" 46 single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
1997 "Lucky in Love" Roger Pistole
"One Solitary Tear"
1998 "Put Your Heart Into It" Gerry Wenner
1999 "Never Been Kissed" Morgan Lawley
"Little Bird"
2001 "Jolene"
"In the Meantime"
2003 "Streets of Heaven"
2004 "Drivin' Into the Sun" Gerry Wenner


  • The Facts of Life (1987–1988) (TV)
  • Call From Space (1989)
  • Open House (1989) (TV - 1 episode)
  • Exile (1990 film) (TV)
  • Shadows of the Heart (1990)
  • An American Summer (1991)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1991) (TV - 1 episode)



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