Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter Cidny Bullens.
Cidny Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee whose 40-year career in the music business began auspiciously- working with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark, Rod Stewart, The Alpha Band, and Pop producer/writer Bob Crewe. She also sang three lead vocals on the movie soundtrack of Grease, then recorded her own critically acclaimed album 1979's Desire Wire, which earned her a Grammy nomination and catapulted Cindy into the international spotlight.
In 1980’s, Cindy took time off to raise her children. In the 1990’s she had success in Nashville writing with some of Country’s hottest songwriters including Matraca Berg, Radney Foster, Kye Fleming, Mary Ann Kennedy, Al Anderson, and Bill Lloyd, including the 1994 Country hit “Hammer and Nails” written with and recorded by Radney Foster.
Then in March of 1996, Cindy lost her 11 year-old daughter Jessie to cancer. That tragedy inspired Cindy to write and record her widely acclaimed 1999 CD Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth, featuring appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Beth Neilson Chapman, Rodney Crowell, and a haunting duet with her elder daughter, Reid Crewe.
With that release, Cindy received worldwide attention from press, radio, and television, including NBC's Today Show, CBS This Morning, Conan O'Brien Late Night, The New York Times, People Magazine, Rolling Stone and many more. The CD also received the Best Rock Album award in 2000 by the AFIM Independent Music Association.
Cindy’s next CD, released in 2001- Neverland, was co-produced by Cindy and Steve Earle's Twang Trust partner, Ray Kennedy. Once again, Cindy's friends make appearances on backing vocals -this time featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and John Hiatt. Her 2005 album, dream #29, was again co-produced with Ray Kennedy and includes the rollicking piano playing of pal Sir Elton John on the title track, and a bluesy, down-home duet with Delbert McClinton, and a vocal appearance by Boston Red Sox great Tim Wakefield. Her 2010 CD, "Howling Trains and Barking Dogs" is a tribute to her Nashville co-writing days in the 1990's, compiling her best songs from that period. Her co-writers include Al Anderson, Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Wendy Waldman, and Matraca Berg.
In 2007, Cindy formed the upstart and uprising super-trio The Refugees with Wendy Waldman and Deborah Holland. These three artists have been tearing it up together across North America. Their first CD Unbound was released in 2009 and their second CD THREE in 2012. The Refugees recently began work on their third album in Los Angeles—to be released some time in 2016.
In 2011, Cindy became Cidny, making the difficult and daunting decision to transition from female to male, not knowing what the personal or professional response would be. He stepped back from the public eye to go through the process until this year, re-emerging as Cidny Bullens.
Cidny is now performing his one person show Somewhere Between: Not An Ordinary Life, which premier ed in Santa Fe, New Mexico in February of 2016. The show has since been performed in New York, Nashville, and Maine twice in 2016. Albuquerque, NM and Santa Fe again in January and February of 2017----with upcoming shows this year in Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX, Newburyport, MA, Portland, ME, Anchorage, AK. Cid continues to book the show wherever and whenever possible.
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