Cindy, as a teenager, started out playing folk and bluegrass music in the northern most reaches of Appalachia …. the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania. Branching out as a musician, and called by her youth and the times, she eventually grew away from her roots and played rhythm and blues and rock ‘n roll music for many years professionally. But all the while, Cindy never stopped songwriting and perfected her craft while stretching her vocal talent to new heights.
Eventually the music of her origins beckoned her back and Cindy temporarily set down the guitar to learn mandolin. Now proficient on both instruments, and having a solid song repertoire of bluegrass originals, Cindy has been performing regularly in the tri-state area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware for several years now. She is a favorite at Wilmington DE’s “Winterfest” and “Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival” in Wind Gap, PA as well as the bluegrass concert venue, Albert Music Hall in Waretown, NJ and BOTMA (Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association) in Little Silver, NJ. She has also played some of the most beautiful and historical theaters in PA and NJ … and in doing so, has opened for such national acts as the Boxcars and The Seldom Scene. In 2013 Cindy was nominated in three categories with the New Jersey Acoustic Music (JAM) Awards … and won Top Bluegrass/Country Act.
Cindy’s released her first bluegrass CD “The Road”, in 2012. It showcased her song writing talents which have been acclaimed in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine (June 2014) as a “new and different songwriting voice”. She was specifically applauded on her story-songs as being “a strength of hers”. Her vocal style is powerful and soulful and Bluegrass Unlimited calls her a “forceful and confident singer”. Her mandolin playing gets kudos too in her original instrumental composition “Humphrey’s Wheel”, as “solid if not spectacular”! Her first single from that CD, “444 Chicken Bone Road” has received both national and international airplay and topped the Yallwire National Bluegrass Video Chart at #2!
Now fast forward to 2015 …. Cindy’s new CD “Jail Break” (available spring 2015), produced by Jim VanCleve (Mountain Heart) not only features her songwriting at it’s best, but an all-star cast of bluegrass musicians including Sam Bush and Aaron Ramsey on mandolin, Bryan Sutton and Seth Taylor on guitar, Rob Ickes on dobro, Scott Vestal on banjo, Todd Phillips on bass and Jim of course on fiddle. “Jail Break” offers the listener an array of songs from rip-roaring, traditional bluegrass to her brand of “bluegrass music with a twist”.
Live, Cindy delivers a captivating performance with memorable songs and vocals that you will be talking about!
Blue Road Records, LLC