Cindy started playing guitar when her Mom bought her a Martin for an early graduation present. She almost immediately began attending local open mike nights where she began to hone her vocal and performance skills.
After college, Cindy moved to the metro NYC area for about 6 years where she sang back-up with a large funk band and lead vocals with a blues band, Gin & Juice. Lessons were learned; dues were paid; experience was gained.
Cindy moved back to the Jamestown area in the late 90s where she founded regional band Djava, which was blues rock focused and very popular with fans of the blues… because Cindy can sing the Blues! Djava had many excellent performance opportunities including opening slots for The 10,000 Maniacs and Koko Taylor.
The Derbines was the next band Cindy was involved with; a local jam band that was excellent, but didn’t play out much… until Cindy joined. Then things heated up, a CD titled “Derbine Farms” was released, and the band suddenly received calls for gigs all around the region from Buffalo to Erie to the Finger Lakes.
As we all reach points of change in our lives, Cindy decided after the Derbines retired that she wanted to focus on solo acoustic performance, something she had not done regularly for years. In 2009, Cindy released her first, all-original CD titled “Songs of Love and Haight”. The style of the music lends to a mixture of blues – soul – folk and country, and the topics are mostly of love and the inevitable heartbreak that follows. In live performance, Cindy blends a mix of her beautiful original songs with classic country, blues and rock covers that really showcase her talent. Cindy has performed at the Great Blue Heron Music Festival for several years, with bands, solo and as part of the singer/songwriter circle. Recent awesome gigs include features in the local Woodsongs Radio Hour, hosted by Ken Hardley, and In Our Back Yard, a new series featured on 106.9FM and hosted by Bill Ward at Trinity Guitars.