Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper, born in Brooklyn (New York) on June 22, 1973, is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. Lauper was raised in Queens. As a mediocre student, she left school and spent the next few years working at various nightclubs, singing popular songs. A vocal injury she sustained in 1977 led her to begin studying with a coach. Lauper joined fellow musician John Turi to form the Blue Angel rockabilly outfit in 1978. Lauper then performed for the public the songs she co-wrote. Lauper’s powerful and colorful vocals attracted praise from critics. She and fellow musician John Turi won a recording deal and in 1980 released the album of the same name on Polydor. Blue Angel never achieved commercial success. In 1982, the band was dissolved.

Lauper’s voice was distinctive and she had a charmingly unique persona. Cyndi Lauper quickly rebounded and released her first album solo, “She’s So Unique”, 1983 on CBS Portrait Records. The upbeat single “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” featured on “She’s So Unusual” and its video became a hit on MTV. Lauper also had other top-selling singles from the chart-topping album, such as “Time After Time,” considered a classic on MTV.

Cyndi Lauper was a constant pop icon even after her next albums failed to break the charts. These included True Colors from 1986, Hat Full of Stars from 1993, and regular appearances on various programs and television talk shows. She has appeared on TV in several episodes, including Mad About You in 1990 (which won her a 1991 Emmy) and Bones in 2009-13.

Lauper composed the soundtrack for Kinky Boots on Broadway in 2013. The play was based on a 2005 British film of the same name. The story of an heir to his father’s shoe business is just about to close. When a drag cabaret singer approaches him with a need for shoes, it saves the business. Lauper’s Tony Award-winning score for “Best Original Score” was her first ever. The play was also nominated for five more Tonys.

One of them, the Tony Award for Best Musical, went to Lauper. Lauper wrote music for SpongeBob SquarePants with many other performers. The Broadway musical premiered in 2017 and received nominations for the Tony Awards. Memphis Blues (2009) and Detour (2015) were among her albums. Lauper joined the Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2015.

Cyndi Lauper advocated for the gay, lesbian, and transgender communities. In 2008, she founded the True Colors Fund to help these groups.

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