Ovation SAs Cherry Pill is a metaphor for life – the sweet and joyful mix with the bittersweet moments to create a rich experience full of twists and turns. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa the Cherry Pill sound is a blend of musical styles ranging from acoustic folk to upbeat pop rock, with strong influences from classical and jazz music. Thoughtful lyrics and sweet vocal harmonies are underpinned by the soaring melodies of Kristel’s classically-trained violin playing and Rory’s blues and rock-infused guitar licks.
Kristel Birkholtz was born into a musical family, with her and her siblings being trained from a young age on the piano and violin by her mother, herself a music teacher and performer by profession.
She went on to music formally at the University of the Witwatersrand (she holds a Masters in Music there), but she has always been an independent spirit, and decided after completing her studies that she wanted to carve out a career apart from more traditional music careers, such as playing in the orchestras or teaching. As a result, she has been fortunate to perform in a number of exciting and diverse settings, ranging from jazz and classical concerts to high-energy electric violin shows with LaserX. She has also made a few TV appearances on local TV shows such as Egoli and Backstage, and appeared in a Subaru TV advert shot in South Africa.
In addition to her busy performing career, Kristel is passionate about expressing her experiences of the world in song, and Chocolate Box represents a collection of her favourite compositions from the past few years.