Cindy Olaya
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Cindy Olaya

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Cindy Olaya

A driven and in-demand vocalist Cindy Olaya’s passionate pursuit of songwriting - from an emotional place - came early as she related with the music of some of the best storytellers in R&B. This New Jersey native (of Peruvian and Croatian descent) holds dear her earliest memories of listening to a vast array of popular music via her father’s extensive record collection. By age twelve, she began to recognize her own voice, and became a rapt student of R&B and Hip-Hop.

Exploring her own poetic skills, she moved easily into composition. With her appreciation of content at the center of her influences, she turned her focus to legendary artist/composers that helped Cindy cultivate her own identity as a Soul artist. Replete with Rhodes, flutes, strings, vibes, and moveable percussion, Cindy’s music mirrors a diverse palette of influences: a brush of Jazz, a canvas of Hip-Hop, the colors of Soul.

Cindy studied voice and guitar at New York’s The American Institute Of Guitar with Janie Barnett, an accomplished performer who currently teaches voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at AIG, Cindy’s absorbed enough about the recording process to set up a modest home recording rig, where she composes, records, and mixes her songs.

Cindy’s career is not relegated to her house, however. She’s very active as a live and studio performer too. She’s appeared often on the New York scene at venues including the E.A.R.S Auditions at Club Groove, Club 101, Da Streetz Release Party at Remote Lounge, The Basement, 590 Grand Concourse in the BX, and in small acting roles for independent films.

In the studio, she’s performed back vocals for The Legendary Crash Crew, and sang hooks for a project Rob Base (of “It Takes Two” fame) was working on, William Stroman (The Boogie Boys,) Barry Bee (The Get Fresh Crew) and some emerging Hip-Hop artists as well.

In spare time, Cindy studies Krav Maga (Israeli close-combat fighting) at John J. University but she dedicates most of her hours to her demo. Laden with potential as a writer and artist, Cindy actively seeks performance opportunities and to collaborate with producers and arrangers who can see music through her prism.

Darcie-Nicole Wicknick

Contact Cindy Olaya:
201-522-5193 cell