Singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT activist
Cyndi Lauper burst onto the world stage as the quintessential girl who wants to have fun. After more than 25 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 30 million, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move.
The beauty of Cyndi Lauper is that she has evolved into a richly multi-faceted renaissance woman who strikes a resonant chord with each project.
With her first album She’s So Unusual, Cyndi won a Grammy award for Best New Artist and became the first female artist in history to have five top-10 singles from a debut album. Along the way, she has continually won accolades as a singer, musician, actress and writer. She has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV awards.
At the center of Cyndi’s life is music. This June, she released her 11th studio album, the Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, which entered the Billboard 200 at #26, becoming the third highest charting album and the fifth top 40 album of her career. Memphis Blues also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, ruling atop the chart for 14 consecutive weeks. With this collection of blues cover songs, she is once again reinventing herself by putting her unique twist on one of music’s most beloved genres.
The feel of Memphis Blues is gritty and full of life. Recorded this March at Electraphonic Studios in Memphis, Tenn., the album features appearances by such great artists as B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Allen Toussaint, Ann Peebles and Charlie Musselwhite.
“This is the album I’ve wanted to make for years,” says Lauper. “All of these beautiful songs, and all of the great players on the album, were carefully chosen because I’ve admired them my entire life. And I knew from the moment Alan Toussaint hit the keys in ‘Shattered Dreams’ that we were creating something really special.”
Cyndi will release the live concert DVD To Memphis, With Love on Megaforce Records on Oct. 25, 2011. She is currently on tour with Dr. John on the From Memphis to Mardi Gras tour. For more info on the DVD or the tour, including a full list of dates and tickets, visit Lauper’s official website.
An Emmy Award winner for her guest starring role as Marianne Lugasso on Mad About You, Cyndi continues to show her range as an actress and personality on television, in film and on stage. Currently she is appearing in the recurring role of bewitching psychic Avalon Harmonia on the FOX hit Bones and competed on the last season of the NBC hit Celebrity Apprentice, raising $45,000 for her charity, the True Colors Fund. Cyndi recently inked a deal with Mark Burnett Productions for her own reality series set to launch in 2011.
In film, Cyndi has appeared in such motion pictures as Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Fine Line/Mirimax), Life With Mikey (Touchstone), Off and Running (Independent) and Vibes (Columbia/Imagine). Perhaps most notable has been her affecting, acclaimed performance opposite Christopher Walken in The Opportunist (Independent).
In 2006, Cyndi made her Broadway debut as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera and is currently writing the music for the Broadway adaptation of the British film Kinky Boots.
Cyndi has enjoyed a sparkling and colorful life that continues to expand to greater creative heights and global prestige. She is currently capturing her journey in literary form for an autobiography that will be released via Simon & Schuster. It will, no doubt, be another bar-raising milestone in a career that continues to leave the world craving more.
"I still have so much to say and share," she says. "I'm grateful for each and every day that I get to make music. As long as there's a corner of the world where people want to hear me, I'll be there… singing and acting and writing my heart out."
An unwavering advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality since the start of her career, Cyndi created the True Colors Tour in 2007. The Tour has brought together artists like Erasure, The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts for shows that successfully merge great music and public awareness about the issues facing the LGBT community.
To further her role as an activist, Cyndi founded the True Colors Fund in 2008. The nonprofit seeks to inspire and engage everyone, particularly the straight community, to become involved in the advancement of LGBT equality. The Fund recently launched the Give a Damn Campaign, an extensive and innovative online public education and awareness initiative.
In addition, Cyndi is the Honorary Chairperson of the True Colors Residence, the first project of its kind to provide a permanent, supportive and secure home to formerly homeless LGBT youth in New York City.
In appreciation for her work, Cyndi has been honored by many organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN and PFLAG.
"It's an honor to always have the genuine affection of the gay community,” Cyndi says. “They have never turned their back on me. I will never turn my back on them. We've had a long and enduring love affair.”
Cyndi is also a tireless participant in the struggle to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Most recently, Cyndi has joined with Lady Gaga to be the spokespeople for the 2010 MAC Viva Glam Campaign and to educate woman about HIV/AIDS around the world.
She also continues to participate in efforts and events for organizations like AMFAR, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in order to speak out about the need for education and greater resources to fight this disease.
For more information about Cyndi, please visit her website at cyndilauper.com.