It's been two years!
Yes, that's right, two years ago I hosted Cindy Alexander and Ali Handel. It was a great show and everyone who showed up loved it. Since that time, I haven't hosted any house concerts for various reasons. But this winter, I started thinking I need to host a couple shows. Well, lo and behold, Cindy contacts me and says she's coming back to the East Coast for a tour, this time with Paul Trudeau. She asked if I would host her again. That was an easy call. I said yes.
Cindy is a true singer/songwriter. But she's also a rocker! She has energy. She has passion. She has insight. And she has melancholy. She knows pain. Most of all, she knows Love. She has experiences that most people do not have. A mother of twins, a breast cancer survivor, a musician who fights the angels and demons in her head by writing music about them. (Her 2005 album Angels & Demons won L.A. Music Awards' Independent Pop Album of the Year in 2006.) She has taken these experiences and more and turned them into music that is accessible to all.
Awards, praise, and outstanding reviews followed Cindy as she continued recording, performing, and touring. In fact, in 2006 she won NBC/David Fosterís Star Tomorrow. This gave her the opportunity of a major record label deal... which she declined. She wanted to stay independent! But she did get a great tour deal out of it around the Pacific Rim entertaining American troops. Her 2007 release, Wobble The World, even included a song called Soldier Song dedicated to the U.S. Troops. The growth in her music has been amazing over the years. I can't wait to see what her next release is.
I met Cindy years ago when she was in Baltimore. She had opened for America at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. Wow! As I said before, she's a rocker. But she's a great person. We chatted a bit after the show. At that point the idea of hosting her really wasn't on my radar. She's opening for America (and the Bacon Brothers, too)! She's got better things to do! But ultimately, the fact that Cindy wants to stay independent, the fact that she's lived through some rough times, the fact that she wants to play house concerts, these all go to prove that she's a very special musician. Integrating her music into her life is most important.
I did see Cindy last year at a show in Rockville. And Paul Trudeau was touring with her then. Therefore, I know that Paul is a seasoned singer-songwriter. I don't have to take it on faith that he must be good just because he's touring with Cindy. With that said however, he was mostly playing lead guitar and backing vocals at Cindy's show. We'll try to get him to perform a bit more than just a couple of his songs when Cindy needs a break.
From Paul's bio page: "Trudeauís musical influences include Elton JohnÖ who Paul credits with firing him up on all levels... The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Cat Stevens and Simon and Garfunkel and he's performed with multiple international artists including Rick Springfield, Melissa Etheridge, Lifehouse, Meredith Brooks, Billy Morrison and Billy Idol." If half of that is true, Paul sounds like a musician I want to hear!
This is a Wednesday evening show while Cindy & Paul are touring on the East Coast. Please make an effort to come to the show and support them!
To find out more about Cindy and Paul, visit their websites.
Find Cindy at www.CindyAlexander.com
Find Paul at www.PaulTrudeauMusic.com
I currently have no other shows scheduled, but I'm looking into some musicians and bands I think you'll enjoy. Joy Ike anyone? If you're not on my mailing list, then add your name below so you can find out upcoming news right away! I hope to see you all around in the music world very soon!