She’s a wife, she’s a mother, she’s a pop icon and yes, “She’s Still So Unusual.” After over 25 years on the world’s stage and screen, Cyndi Lauper shows no sign of slowing down. She burst onto our hearts as the eccentric girl with a funny voice who just wants to have fun, but over 30 million global record sales later, Lauper has proven that she has the voice and the creative genius to keep her adoring fans glued to her every move.
Born and raised in Ozone Park, Queens with her sister Elen and brother Fred, Lauper learned how to play guitar and started writing lyrics at the early age of twelve. Cyndi always had a unique sense of style and started dyeing her hair and wearing radical fashions even as a young girl.
Later, as a struggling young artist, Cyndi spent years working odd jobs to make ends meet while singing in local clubs. Music critics who saw her early performances commented on her star potential due to her wide singing range (four octaves), perfect pitch, and unique vocal style.
After her first album, She’s So Unusual, came out in 1983, 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. She has continued to win accolades as a singer, musician, actress and writer, including nominations for 14 Grammys, 2 Emmys, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV awards.
In 1991, Cyndi met her husband David Thornton on the set of the movie Off and Running and they have been together ever since. Their son, Declyn, was born in 1997 providing to be Cyndi’s greatest gift as well as her greatest challenge. As all working moms know, balancing a family and career is never an easy task!
Currently Cyndi is writing the music for the upcoming Broadway musical Kinky Boots, advocating for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) with her non-profit The True Colors Fund, and recently released a memoir that was on the New York Times Best-Sellers list. There’s never a dull moment in Cyndi Lauper’s world.