Cindy Ashton

Cindy Ashton

BandJazzBroadway

From classic jazz tunes to American Songbook standards, Cindy Ashton possesses a striking presence and enchanting voice that draws the listener in every time!

Biography

With a rich voice that delights the ears, ignites the soul and inspires beauty, Cindy Ashton is a radiant performer on the rise. After 15 years of performing on stage and in film, Cindy has now released her debut CD, Don't Rain on My Parade. The album features fresh interpretations of 11 jazz and Broadway standards. This is no ordinary recording, but the extraordinary culmination of a dream over 20 years in the making!

The album also includes Cindy’s original song “Butterfly” – an inspiring tribute to all children facing health challenges - drawing on her own experiences of childhood illness and recovery. Born with only a 20% chance of survival, Cindy has continually beaten the odds by refusing to accept any of life's limitations, and never letting anyone, or anything rain on her parade!

Where did it all begin? For as long as she can remember, Cindy has always been an entertainer. As a young child, she would put on sequins, dim the lights and start the music. Next? Gather up her family as her audience of millions! Cindy’s passion to perform has never ceased, leading her to study extensively as a singer, dancer and actor with many top entertainment professionals.

Highlights include training full time as a triple threat at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and completing an apprenticeship programme with Livent of Canada (producers of Phantom of the Opera & Les Miserables) in which she worked closely with Nancy Ford (NYC soap opera writer/composer) and Jason Robert Brown (Broadway composer).

A person who loves to push boundaries of what is possible, Cindy boasts a four-octave range that can cross over between popular and classical styles. Her versatility has led her to sing everything from opera to jazz, pop to Broadway and act on TV and stage. Beyond just a singer, Cindy Ashton is an entertainer with a spunky personality, a striking presence and a joyful spirit that draws in an audience every time. Her energy, passion and diversity are truly inspirational!

In addition to performing, Cindy holds an Honours degree in Music and Kinesiology, and is an accomplished educator, inspirational speaker, and published author.

Recent appearances include: Toronto TV, The Body, Mind, Spirit Show, Chin Radio and CityTV’s Breakfast Television. In April she will be the featured artist on 93.3 FM’s “The Artist’s Lifestyle.”

Discography

Don't Rain On My Parade, released 2006

Set List

Set List is customized to the event.

Here is a sample set list based on mostly jazz and american songbook standards:

Set One:
It Don’t Mean a Thing
Satin Doll
Unforgettable
Bewitched
Sway/Quien Sera
Summertime
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Keepin’ out of Mischief
Sentimental Journey
Fly me to the Moon

Set Two:
Le Jazz Hot
My Funny Valentine
Let’s Get Lost
Embraceable You
Peel Me a grape
Black Coffee
Cry me a River
Blues in the Night
Body and Soul
Alright Okay You Win

Set Three:
I’m Beginning to See the Light
Till there was you
What is this Thing called Love?
Someone to Watch Over Me
Steppin’ out with my Baby
When I Fall in Love
Can’t Help Lovin’ dat Man
Day by Day
Hit me with a Hot Note
Fever

For more theatrical audiences here are some sample broadway tunes:
Don't Rain On My Parade (Funny Girl)
Someone Like You (Jekyll and Hyde)
And All That Jazz (Chicago)
All I Ask of You (Phantom)
Adelaide's Lament (Guys and Dolls)
Shy (Once Upon a Mattress