Cindy Scott

Cindy Scott

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Scott, formerly a part-time singer with a successful corporate career, left her day job and moved to New Orleans in 2005 just in time for Hurricane Katrina. Her CD, “Major to Minor” has been well- received among critics and fans alike and is currently being distributed in the US and Japan.

Biography

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In January, 2005, Cindy Scott, a part-time singer with a successful corporate career, left Texas and her day job and committed to music full-time. Returning to her Louisiana roots, she accepted a full graduate assistantship in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. Eight months later, Scott, husband Bill, and their dog Kitty evacuated the day before Hurricane Katrina destroyed their one-story apartment. After a lengthy departure, they decided to return to New Orleans to participate in the city’s renaissance. Scott completed her degree in May 2007 and continues performing and teaching in the area and elsewhere.

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Cindy Scott has a warm, sexy tone with clear presentation of lyrics and attention to melody. In her singing can be heard the influences of well-known jazz artists Sarah Vaughn and Karrin Allyson, with a touch of Ricki Lee Jones mixed in. She either swings hard or floats dreamily, depending on the song. Scott's passion for jazz comes out in her delivery and endears her to her listeners.

Scott was born into a family of musicians. She studied classical flute and attended Louisiana State University on a music scholarship. Then, as an exchange student in Germany, she discovered jazz. While studying abroad, Scott began singing with a German trio in the jazz cellars of the Black Forest. German native Thomas Gunther, now pianist for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, remembers working with Scott fondly. "Her timing and phrasing was that of an old, experienced jazz singer, very uncommon for someone only 21 years old."

After returning to the US, Scott continued singing. She sang with the Louisiana State University big band and also performed at jazz venues around town. She eventually attended the University of South Carolina and performed with their big band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands.

Scott moved to Houston in 1995 and quickly became an active part of the jazz scene there, playing frequently at all the top venues. Scott also worked to foster a growth environment for Houston's vocal jazz community. She organized master classes with national artists, including Roseanna Vitro, Nancy King and Kevin Mahogany. Cindy established and hosted Jazz Vocal Thursday at the renowned club Cézanne. For two years, this weekly event showcased guest vocalists performing a set with Scott's phenomenal band.

In January, 2005, Scott returned to South Louisiana to accept a full Graduate Assistantship in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. After a four-month forced departure due to Hurricane Katrina, Scott has recently returned to New Orleans to be an active participant in the city’s renaissance. She plans to continue performing, studying and teaching in the area and elsewhere.

Cindy’s first CD, “Major to Minor,” has been well received among critics and fans alike and is currently being distributed in the US and Japan.

Lyrics

Start Again

Written By: Cindy Scott

Woke up by myself this mornin’
Thinkin’ ‘bout what used to be
Thought I heard you call out my name
But I’m alone with my memories

Boy, you couldn’t stop me from leavin’
I knew it all – what did I know?
Now I get it that I got it wrong
‘Cause lovin’ you feels like home

The planets all turn
The sun goes down each night
Life goes on and so do I
But every once in a while
I stop myself from callin’
To ask you why we said goodbye

Woke up by myself this mornin’
Wonderin’ ‘bout what might’ve been
There’s no future in the past
Is there a chance that we could start again?

The planets all turn
The sun goes down each night
Life goes on and so do I
But every once in a while
I stop myself from callin’
To ask you why we said goodbye

Woke up by myself this mornin’
I was wonderin’ bout what could’ve been
There’s no future in the past
Is there a chance that we could start again?
(improvised vamp)

Woke up by myself this mornin’
Wonderin’ ‘bout what might’ve been
There’s no future in the past
Is there a way into your heart?
Is there a chance that we could start again?

The Boy Can Play

Written By: Cindy Scott

Well I was walkin’ down Canal Street feelin’ kind of low
Because I hadn’t seen my baby but I sure did miss him so
Well he ain’t much to look at, and he can’t dance a step
But he does one thing if you know what I mean makes me love him half to death
You ask my why he’s special, Hey! What can I say?
The Boy Can Play

Well I went on down to Donna’s across from Congo Square
And I heard music in the distance and I wondered who was there
My feet followed the rhythm and much to my surprise
Hey, there was my man, he was leadin’ the band and it made my spirits rise
My heart filled up with gladness, Hey! What did I say?
The Boy Can Play.
I said The Boy Can Play

If you wonder why we got together, can’t you see?
Anyone who plays like that deserves a girl like me!
Yeah yeah
Yea yeah
Baby deserves me

Music makes me happy and it gets down in my soul
When I hear my baby play I forget my cares and woes
I feel it deep inside me, it’s the only thing that lasts
Makes me clap my hands, sing along with the band
Move my body, shake my…
Ask me no more questions, Hey! What did I say?
The Boy Can Play

If you wonder why we got together, can’t you see?
Anyone who plays like that deserves a girl like me!
Yeah yeah
Yea yeah
(Improvised lyric/syllables)

Music makes me happy and it gets down in my soul
When I hear my baby play I sometimes lose control
I feel it deep inside me, it’s the only thing that lasts
Makes me clap my hands, sing along with the band
Move my body, shake my…
Ask me no more questions, Hey! What did I say?
The Boy Can Play

(Improvised lyric/syllables over vamp to fade)

Discography

“Major to Minor”
Catahoula Records (self-released)

“A record which should make anyone take notice. Congratulations.”
--Roseanna Vitro, veteran recording artist and jazz vocalist

“Vocalist Cindy Scott strikes gold her first time out. Scott is a musical artist who delivers fables and stories and vignettes of life and love. But the young lady can also swing you into bad health. Highly recommended.”
--As reviewed by Roger Crane, AllAboutJazz.com

“Beautiful pitch, great time (which I believe is almost everything) nice players & arrangements too -very good!!! Hard to believe you've not been 'at it' for very long, you also sound so natural, great voice!”
--Karrin Allyson, Concord Jazz recording artist and grammy nominee

"If you dig poignant melody beautifully expressed, "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" is alone worth the price of admission."
--Frank Dorritie, two-time grammy winning producer

“The arrangements and execution are superb, as are Scott's vocals. Scott has the potential to go from the minors to the major league.”
--As reviewed by Timothy J. O'Brien, Houston Press

“She has the uncanny ability to mesmerize listeners with titillating displays of vocal timing and captivating nuances. Cindy utilizes her skills in a manner that clearly allows for total immersion in her music. From one track to the other, the ebb and flow of vocal jazz is clear and precise.”
--As reviewed by Sheldon T. Nunn, JazzReview.com

“I really appreciate how rarely you get a real jazz singer these days. I’m gonna keep playing this CD. If you like jazz, this album is the real thing.”
--Clif Smith, Musicologist and DJ, KPFT Pacifica Radio, Houston, Texas

"Her debut CD Major to Minor is a sterling example of a warm, sensitive vocal quality, packed with the ability to perform everything from fast scat to a sweet ballad with confidence and accuracy. The intensity with which she feels the music comes right through the speakers to be embraced by the listener. This is an excellent collection of jazz favorites done remarkably well."
--As reviewed by Robert A. Lindquist, Singer Magazine