Over time, we have seen people enjoy popularity by associating with celebrities as is the case with Sherrie Swafford who gained fame during her relationship with Steve Perry, a rock legend and former frontman for the band, Journey. Though they later parted ways, Swafford launched a career as a yoga instructor and esthetician.
Prior to her breakup with Perry, their loved-up life served as an inspiration behind the 1984 song Oh Sherrie. For a woman who made many wish to be like her back in the day, I’m sure you are curious to know more about her.
Sherrie Swafford was Born in the Same US State as Steve Perry
As you would easily find, Sherrie Swafford is a native of California who is said to have been born in Bakersfield. While her exact birthday is not known, her ex-boyfriend is known to have been born on January 22, 1949, in Hanford, California to parents of Portuguese descent. By this, we can confirm that they are natives of the western coast state of the US.
Focusing on her immediate family, it is generally believed that she comes from a family of four made up of her parents and an unidentified younger sister.
How She Became Famous
As mentioned earlier, Swafford is closely linked to her ex-boyfriend, Steve Perry. She became popular due to a love affair that they had in the 70s and 80s at a time when his band, Journey was making waves. In fact, a lot of sources report that the pair gave off the Romeo and Juliet vibe which made many fans wish for what they had. However, many queries on social media sites like Facebook show that some of the school girls who had crushes on Perry were not so interested in Sherrie who they felt was taking the attention of their object of admiration.
Moving forward, Sherrie’s fame increased when Perry immortalized her in his 1984 debut solo Oh Sherry. Needless to say, she also appeared in the music video of the song at a time when making visual images for songs was not so common. Like their blossoming romance at the time, the song was quite successful. It reached number three on the pop chart and number one on the US rock chart
While the relationship with the rock star made her popular, it did not lead to marriage due to their break up in 1986. You may be curious about what transpired between the two. As it is, Perry hinted that it was not a good time to manage a relationship while being in a band.
What Does Sherrie Swafford Do for a Living?
Away from her close relationship with Perry, the 80s video vixen for Oh Sherrie has lived a quiet life away from all the attention that stardom brings. Regardless, we found out that she also moved on with her life after she broke up with Perry. Apparently, she once worked as a waitress. According to her, she is a yoga instructor and esthetician, a trained person who specializes in skin care and beautification.
Considering her ability to stay private, we were able to trace only a few beauty businesses that fit into a close description of the former celebrity girlfriend’s career. The leading one is Skin Care by Sherrie, an esthetic business based in Bakersfield, her childhood neighborhood. Going by the readily available on Salespider.com, the official site for the business, Skin Care by Sherrie makes a yearly revenue of $39,000.
She Never Married nor Had any Kids
Sherrie’s life has remained an interesting item when it comes to 70s and 80s rock lovers. Yet, what stands out is if she ever moved on from that publicized affair. As it is, she never got married nor did she have any children.
On her ex-boyfriend’s part, Perry is known to have dated other people. Notably, he dated Kellie Nash, a psychologist whom he met through his friend, Patty Jenkins. He had seen Jenkins in a video cut for cancer patients and requested Jenkins to connect them. Jenkins agreed to do that after she warned him of Nash’s terminal illness and how fast the cancer had spread to her bones and other parts of her body. Despite this setback, Perry took the challenge and started a relationship with Nash.
Thankfully, this paid off as she was able to encourage him to take up music again after a hiatus that had lasted for about 2 decades. Perry revealed that she got a promise out of him while on her dying bed. Sadly, she died on December 14, 2012. In later life, he talked about Nash in an admirable way and this has many conclude that what they had was quite special.
Though Swafford never had any children, her ex-boyfriend revealed he has a daughter and grandchildren. Howbeit he chooses to keep this information private to protect them, many have linked him to a woman named Shamila Perry.