About Me

Since picking up the guitar at the age of 13 Bert Cheshire’s life focus has been music. After 10 years of intense private instruction and attending Atlanta Institute of Music he is now continuing his education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Bert stayed busy performing, writing, recording, and teaching all styles of music in the southeast and is now making his mark in the north. After honing his initial style and chops performing in church then in the regionally touring band Capsule Corp. Bert was able to work as an on staff musician at the University of South Carolina – Aiken from 2011 – 2013. Working at the university opened up many opportunities to teach and perform throughout the Georgia – South Carolina area. Since arriving at Berklee Bert has been busier than ever performing with many great musicians from all over the world on studio sessions and gigs utilizing both guitar and bass. Drawing from many styles such as jazz, classical, post-rock, EDM, fusion, bluegrass, and minimalism Bert’s unique sound, original style, creative energy, and hard-working attitude keeps him busy and much sought after in the music industry.

“Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.” – Ludwig Van Beethoven. Everyone interprets music differently and can be affected on many different levels. Instrumentally or lyrically, music can have the power to bring someone to their knees or even make them feel as if they’re flying. Music to me seems to be the greatest gift of life. Entirely it’s own entity not existing in the physical plain it still the power to affect people on a larger scale than an atomic bomb.

For me music has always been an escape and a refuge from the hardships I have faced throughout my life. Times where I had no one to turn to I found comfort and strength in music to carry on. I am a person who often has difficulty expressing exactly how I feel verbally and it seems sometimes the only way I can get exactly what I want out is through my writing or playing. Now in my second decade of playing music I get even more out of music than I did when I started. Raised on classic rock, soul, and pop music as a child, my progression as a musician can be widely attributed to the discovery of new music and sounds. The deeper I dig as a musician the deeper I get as a listener discovering new styles and artists all the time. You could say that my ear has an appetite that just will not be satisfied no matter how much it is fed. My ear is not picky it just wants to be nourished. Whether it’s jazz, classical, electronic, rock, hip-hop, ambient, bluegrass, metal, etc., I find beauty in it all. I have gone through so many different musical phases throughout my life and by taking all of the influences with me along my journey I strive to create music that is familiar, cohesive, and relevant at the same time unique, fresh, and completely original. I also feel that there is so much healing power and joy to be realized from the music already out there that it is my duty to absorb as much as possible then share all the pieces I have taken though my music. I hope that the music I create can bring people the same joy, refuge, or strength that music has brought me and ultimately inspire others to try to do the same.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Bassist / Co-Writer for Ghoul Eyes
    January 2014 to Present (over 5 years)

    Performances on bass and contributions in part writing for math-rock band.

  • Guitarist / Composer / Manager for Akenda
    September 2013 to Present (about 6 years)

    Writes original music to be performed and recorded using stylistic range and improvisational flexibility. Schedules rehearsals, books performances, coordinates and promotes large events, and handles primary band accounting.

  • Guitarist / Bassist for Melissa Hayes Music
    August 2013 to Present (over 6 years)

    Live acoustic guitar performances accompanying singer-songwriter Melissa Hayes as well as performing electric guitar and bass duties on studio recordings.

  • Bassist / Co-Writer for Infinite Ways
    June 2013 to Present (over 6 years)

    Live performance and recordings on bass alongside founding member: singer-songwriter John Pence with major contributions in lyric and part writing.

  • Freelance Guitarist and Bassist for Bert Cheshire Music
    January 2003 to Present (over 16 years)

    Performances and recordings on guitar, bass, percussion, and vocals as a soloist and performer with an extensive list of musicians utilizing all styles and ensemble formats. Featured in numerous live performances locally and nationally. Music instruction privately and in classroom settings.

Past

  • Guitarist for Daniel Hines Music (Breve)
    September 2013 to November 2013 (2 months)

    Performed on electric and acoustic guitar at the debut of progressive- rock musical story "Breve".

  • Bass Player for Liz Turner Music
    June 2013 to August 2013 (2 months)

    Performances and recordings on bass with singer-songwriter Liz Turner around Boston and New York City.

  • Guitarist / Arranger / Manager for The Darling Libras
    January 2013 to May 2013 (4 months)

    Arranged then performed jazz standards with quartet around Boston.

  • Guitar / Bass Instructor for Portman's Music Academy
    June 2012 to January 2013 (7 months)

    Private instruction and classroom style teaching for beginner to advanced guitar and bass students of all ages while providing them with a strong sense of music theory and performance. Taught multiple group classes of up to 20 students. Lessons and classes in 30 and 60 minute sessions.

  • Guitar Instructor for East Aiken School of the Arts
    March 2012 to January 2013 (10 months)

    Classroom style instruction for gifted elementary students on how to play the guitar while providing them with a comprehensive background in music theory and performance. Managed multiple classes of up to 15 students. Performed as an accompanist for student recitals.

  • On Staff Musician for University of South Carolina - Aiken
    August 2011 to December 2012 (about a year and a half)

    Live performances on guitar, bass, and percussion with orchestras, choirs, bands, and soloists. Performed as a soloist and as a member of the USCA Jazz Big Band. Sight-read and performed various styles in numerous ensemble formats. Helped students prepare material to be performed and recorded.

  • Bassist / Manager/ Booking / Arranger for Personal Expression - USCA Jazz Combo
    August 2011 to December 2012 (about a year and a half)

    Held auditions to select performers for musical presentations. Scheduled and directed rehearsals. Performed background music for interactive events such as musical theater productions, fundraisers, and pageants. Booked band to play numerous events on and off school campus.

  • Guitarist / Writer / Booking / Manager for Capsule Corp.
    January 2009 to June 2011 (over 2 years)

    Wrote original music to be performed and recorded. Played a variety of music with a broad stylistic range and improvisational flexibility. Featured at numerous festivals and concerts both locally and regionally.

  • Bassist for Greater Work Ministries
    January 2003 to January 2007 (over 4 years)

    Played bass for a variety of religious services. Provided accompaniment for church choirs and other musicians participating in worship.

Education

  • Diploma in Pro Music at Berklee College of Music
    2013 to 2015 (2 years)
  • in Jazz Guitar and Bass at Private Instruction with Mike Frost
    2007 to 2013 (6 years)
  • in Classical and Broadway Voice at Private Instruction With Jan Little
    2006 to 2013 (7 years)
  • Arranging Specialist in Arranging at Berklee Online
    2011 to 2012 (1 years)
  • in Guitar at Atlanta Institute of Music
    2007 to 2008 (1 years)
  • in Guitar at Private Instruction with Geoff Guthrie
    2003 to 2007 (4 years)
  • in Guitar at Private Instruction with Ben Herman
    2002 to 2004 (2 years)