Cyndi Lauperwas born as Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper on June 22, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. She was raised in the rough area of Queens. When Cyndi was only 5 years old her parents divorced and her mother took the three children and moved to Ozone Park which was the poor part of Queens, New York. She was kicked out of Catholic school after they found out her parents were no longer together. She was then sent to another Catholic school upstate and it was more of a convent. Cyndi claims that the school was physically abusive. She left the convent after only 6 months and went to a public school near her home.
Cyndi learned how to play the guitar at the age of 12. She listened to artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holliday, and the Beatles. Her mother encouraged her creativity and Cyndi wanted to be independent so she found hope in music. She started dying her hair different colors, at the early age of 12, and wore unusual clothes. She left home at the age of 17 and spent 2 weeks in Canada in the woods with her dog, trying to find herself. She took art classes near Stowe, Vermont. She supported herself through odd jobs but eventually got homesick so she returned to Ozone Park.
In the mid 1970's Cyndi started to perform with different cover bands such as Doc West and Flyer. These groups still perform under the names of Gap Wilson Band and Red, White, and Blues, in the New York metropolitan area. In 1977 Cyndi damaged her vocal chords and took a year off from singing. She was told that she would never sing again by the doctors. Some friends of hers suggested that she see a vocal coach and Katie Agresta helped her regain her voice by teaching her the right vocal exercises. In 1978 she met John Turi (sax player) through her manager Ted Rosenblatt and they became writing partners. They also formed a band called Blue Angel and together they made an album of original material.
They recorded a few demos and one of them was discovered by Roger Massarky who managed The Allman Brothers Band. He did not like the tape but he was impressed with Cyndiís voice. There were many people who wanted to sign Cyndi on as a solo artist but she held out and eventually Polydor Records signed them on as a band. This was just the beginning of a long career for Cyndi and she is still going. She hasnít released an album with new material since 1997 but she is still busy. She has appeared on Broadway and been in commercials.
Cyndi was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006. She has released a total of 17 albums, re-mixes, compilations, and Eps, 43 film connections and has went on 11 tours.
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