Cheryl Dunlap is the producer and host of Soul Suite, a radio show devoted independent artists, returning stars, entertainers and entrepreneurs. If it’s new or different, the Suite Lady brings it to you in depth on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.CST on WRLR 98.3 FM in Lake County.
Cheryl’s love of music began as a teenager, where she covered her bedroom walls with posters of her favorite singers, dreaming of one day working in the entertainment business. Growing up in a large extended family of music lovers, Cheryl was exposed to all kinds of genres, developing a mature taste in music at a young age. Growing up, she could be found listening to headphones while reading album liner notes, or visiting the local record store for the newest albums.
This love of music, lyrics, and artists remained a passion throughout adulthood, where in college Cheryl began her radio career as an intern at WNUA 95.5 FM in Chicago. Learning the radio business while working with the legendary Ramsey Lewis was a dream come true, and sparked the beginning of her career.
As an Event Producer with the Neo Soul Explosion in 2005, a concert promotion company devoted to ushering in the rebirth of soul music to Chicago, Cheryl wore many hats in helping to bring the hottest up-and-coming and independent acts to Chicago each summer. Artists such as John Legend to Raheem DeVaughn graced the Neo Soul Explosion stage during their rise to the top.
The SuiteLady is currently on a mission of a musical revolution with her radio show, Soul Suite. Soul Suite features music and interviews from current singers, musicians, DJ’s, and producers; as well as reaches back to catch up with the trailblazers of the past. From legends such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, favorites such as Mint Condition, to emerging artists such as Rahsaan Patterson the SuiteLady keeps it interesting and fresh every week. Keeping her eyes and ears out for the new and different in entertainment and philanthropy, the SuiteLady also gives a platform to authors, actors, filmmakers, philanthropists, and tastemakers from across the country to share their work with listeners. Her show includes an interactive chat room, allowing the listeners to weigh in and contribute.