Cindy, like her music, is an infusion. As a singer-songwriter and indie recording artist her mixing of musical genres defies easy categorisation and reflects her proclivity for improv. “She finds her material from life’s experiences that are taken and remade into her own concept.”1 Starting her performance career at age 18 doing improve theatre in Ottawa ON, solidified what she already knew – Life is an improvisation, a creative response to events unforeseen.
In 1991 to enhance her film, television and theatre pursuits, Cindy took up singing professionally and worked with various bands in Ottawa. In September 1994 she moved to Calgary. A busy performance schedule, as well as multiple television and special event appearances quickly established her in the local music scene. Equally at ease performing a cappella (national anthem), duos at private parties, and trios through to six piece ensembles at clubs and festivals Cindy’s unique voice and easy interactive rapport with her audience puts her on everyone’s “must hear again” list.
July 1999 marked the on-set of a long-term and life altering health change for Cindy that bulldozed her performance career to a halt. It took over 2 years of dealing with intense full body pain, muscle atrophy, physical disability and weight loss before being diagnosed with severe, systemic Rheumatoid Arthritis in October 2001.
In the 12+ years that she has been living with RA, Cindy has continued on her creative path in any way her health would allow. Her 2006 recording of the single What We Are touches on the impact chronic illness has on body, mind and spirit. As time and energy permit she is re-visiting projects that have had to sit on the back burner whilst she’s rebuilt her life.
December 2011 saw the release of Wings In Flight a duet and co-write with Calgary AB artist Sora. The MP3 single was recorded in October. Cindy’s future musical plans include music she’s written in the last few years along with more co-writing and collaboration on projects with/for other artists.
Improv has taught her to flow with what life hands her and use it as a catalyst for taking musical risks. The U.S. e-zine JAZZ CHRONICLES review of Flight really captured the essence of Cindy and her music, “She is nimble, sometimes stormy yet able to resolve into sweet ballad-like cadences.”
1. U.S e-zine Jazz Chronicles “Flight” review 2000.
2. “Lookin At Love” vocals, co-write Parder/O’Neil. “Love Scene” vocals.
A partial list of her eclectic credits includes:
1999 · released 2nd indie CD Flight
2000 · the song Livin’ Right from CD Flight was used in two episodes of Caitlin’s Way (Canadian TV series 2000-2002)
2000 · was a stand-in in the Italian/Canadian feature Almost America
2002 · wrote and self-published her first children’s book titled, Icicle Hands and Icicle Knees
2002 · chosen as May ‘artist of the month’ by FEMMUSIC.com
2003 – 2006 · performed in the Calgary Stroll of Poets , works published in the event anthologies
2004 · co-write and vocals on 2 tunes for the soundtrack of Canadian feature-length film The Girl Who Married A Ghost (written and produced by Sandra Sawatzki)
2005 · casted in Paul Brandt’s video Leavin, and a cameo appearance (as they called it) in his video Home (2006)
2007 · Editor, cover art designer for Calgary poet Del Pine’s book Leaving Eden
2010 · re-release of Icicle Hands and Icicle Knees, launch of Mains gelées et genoux glacés the French language version
2011 · e-book release of Before The Mist, a selection of her poetry, lyrics and the stories behind them
2012 · launched Vocal Vibes Podcast, a celebration of neat and uplifting people and projects across Canada.