The current top 40 generation is being reintroduced to the power of great melodies and bold singing, thanks to airplay for such artists as Jessica Simpson.

The current top 40 generation is being reintroduced to the power of great melodies and bold singing, thanks to airplay for such artists as Jessica Simpson. So the timing is right for Lava's French diva Cherie, who has the chops to be the new millennium version of Celine Dion. With a host of potential hit songs on her debut album and a voice that brushes the clouds, a star is born. Highlights begin with hit single "I'm Ready," then continue with consummate power ballad and second release "Older Than My Years" and the glowing "Fool" and "My Way Back Home." Live, Cherie delivers, proving that no matter what trends compromise popular music, in the end, there is still a place for skilled, mass-appeal vocalists. Celebrate the return of the best of times—and tunes. This is an artist to rally around.—CT