Her hit song "3 Second Ride" is featured as the first song on this album.
Some songs are light and humorous while her most intense and darkest song "Spider" adds a touch of old India sound. Her controversial song "Spider", a song about murder, received much critcism when she released it due to most people percieving her as a gospel artist. Her song "Hear Our Cry" was deemed gospel by the media and some of the public was upset to hear the lyrics and see the music video "Spider". Cindy's response is that she is an artist and doesn't feel she or any artist should be put into a box, "if I want to sing heavy metal I'll sing heavy metal, but for now that's not my thing".
If you are still reading this and thinking why should I buy Cindy Black's Cd well here's a couple reasons:
1. It's cheaper than a carton of cigarettes and smells better too!!
2. It's cheaper than your last date, more fun, and this music will bring you years of enjoyment. Aw heck, you could use it on your next date.
Cindy Black grew up in the woods, living style kind of like "Little House On the Prarie" with a twist. They didn't have the modern convenience of running water and had to use a hand pump outside and carry buckets of water. Petite under 5'2" she also had to chop wood for the heat, growing up with four older brothers she was not treated any differently. Their family was very poor but had some eccentric quirks also. They had farm animals like horses, chickens, etc but they also had a pet monkey. Cindy always knew her family was different. She continues to carry on the whimsical traditions.
When Cindy was 4 she sang in church, she couldn't even read the words to learn the song, so Mom taught her to sing "Away In the Manger" her first live performance. The family all very musical would sit around and strum guitars, play keyboards, accordians and sing in the evening. When Cindy was 12 the family already had a band to help make ends meet and she was recruited to play her saxophone and sing. The band was called The Woodsmen and entertained for several years all over Michigan until attitudes and emotions got in the way and the band broke up. Cindy continued to play with her parents on some local television shows and other small gigs.
When Cindy was 14 her parents managed to purchase a 28 foot Owens cabin cruiser which they all lived on in during the summer. The other boat owners felt this would be an inconvenence, however Cindy felt this was heaven being out of the woods (no bugs) and the marina provided showers (running water!). They entertained on the boat docks occassionally for the locals.
Cindy graduated from Breckenridge Schools and was convinced by others she should become an elementary teacher so she got a small scholarship and headed off to attend Central Michigan University. Her heart was not in doing this so she quit college after one year and got married. She endured a less than perfect marriage until she could take it no longer and was divorced 2 children later. She had forgotten her true self during her marriage and in 1996 she went out to see her brother Woody perform at a local bar. She remembered the good times and missed the performance. They performed an original song and she thought "I wish I could write music". An older man, old enough to be her grandfather had asked her to dance a couple times and she did. The 3rd time he asked she said no thank you and he handed her a business card with the suggestion of sleeping with him. She was offended and insulted so she told her brother she was leaving and headed home. When she got home she began writing her first song "Mr. Wrong" all about all the wrong guys who come along. Some of the lyrics "there's no committment Johnny, possessive Donny he'll love you madly but you don't want him that badly and what about Harry he's too eager to marry and Freddy's ready to slip into bed tonight, now tell me how many Mr.Wrongs make a right?" copyright Cindy Black 1996. She even used the old man in the song stating how he was old enough to retire in Miami. Her first song took her 3 days to write and she struggled with it. Then on the fourth night she sat down and wrote 10 songs in one night.
Since then she has written countless others and they are all about life experiences or feelings that she has experienced. Cindy waited tables and worked 2 jobs at a time to be able to make her dream come true. She knows the hardships of the poor and of the working class.
Since then she has produced her own single CD/cassette "Hear Our Cry" in 1998 and her first album "Country Girl" in 2002. She has worked diligently to promote them and has received fan mail from all over the globe including: England, Ghana, Tawaiin, Austria, Romania, and Australia. She received a letter from a man in Austria that they dance to her music in the clubs. She received a letter from a girl in Romania that her music was heard there but only on the blackmarket. Cindy has no idea how the music ended up overseas, but it did.
She is now charting in Australia, her song "3 Second Ride" hit #3. She signed a contract with ILR Records in Australia to sell her CDs overseas.
Cindy's most memorable experience was her performance at Loretta Lynn's ranch in June of 2003. She also had the fortunate experience to meet Michael Petersen and his family backstage. Michael shook her hand and sang a song he was working on that had not yet been released "From the Cradle to the Grave".
Recently Cindy found out that her ancestor James Milton Black wrote "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" an old time gospel favorite.
Cindy has received radio airplay all over the United States and in other countries. She was recently featured on a show with Laney Goodman "Women In Music".
Currently Cindy is still a single Mom of 3 who works full time to support them, while she is still tenaciouly pursuing her music career on the side. She is also an avid Sponge Bob fan.
Awards and Honors:
Cindy competed in the Jimmy Dean Sausage Country Showdown in 1997 walking away with an award.
In 1999 Cindy was given an award and banquet in her honor by NBC for her song "Hear Our Cry" and her efforts to create an awareness to help prevent child abuse.
Now if you've gotten down here and haven't listened to any of her songs, what are you waiting for?
Now y'all need something tall and cool to drink sit back, relax and listen.
SORRY NO FREE COMMERCIAL SAMPLES DO NOT EVEN ASK!!!!!!
Check out the artist's website:
1. 3 Second Ride
2. Country Girl
3. The Reason
4. One Of Those Days
5. Big Foot (based on true events)
6. A Smile Won't Pay The Bills
8. You Just Can't Miss
9. You're Too Good
11. Wastn' Time
12. Hear Our Cry (revised)