Cynthia Lin

Cynthia Lin

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where Ella Fitzgerald and the Nat King Cole trio meet Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin. a unique blend of jazz and folk, and lyrics with emotional depth.

Biography

About Cynthia

Though Chicago-born singer/songwriter Cynthia Lin spent much of her youth on the stage - her first award-winning performance was at age six, and included a rendition of "Are you sleeping?" in Mandarin Chinese - it wasn't until her college years that she found her vocal freedom, when she discovered two very different artists: Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell. Embracing their range and agility, Cynthia learned the art of interpretation from Ella; from Joni, she learned that pop songs could be bittersweet, poetic, and emotionally complex.
After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in economics and attempting a nine-to-five career in the Washington DC software industry, Cynthia returned to the stage with a batch of original songs written on the acoustic guitar. Her unique blend of jazz and folk, as well as her heartfelt lyrics and personable stage presence, began to draw a very loyal fanbase, and garnered recognition and airplay from the Washingtonpost.com and local radio station Z104.
Since releasing the Blue and Borderlined EP in January of 2005, Cynthia has become a regular on the regional touring circuit, performing at respected venues including DC's IOTA Club, Philly's World Cafe Live, New York's Rockwood Music Hall, and Chicago's Uncommon Ground. Cynthia has supported major acts including Vienna Teng and Emm Gryner, and was featured on NPR’s Open Mic series. Cynthia's second EP Doppelganger was released independently in December 2007, and features eclectic arrangements and a poignant cover of Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time. The new album has been named one of the Top 5 Asian American albums of 2007 by AsiaXpress.com.

"Jazz with a coffee-shop feel...exudes originality" -- Daily Princetonian

"Lin's music stylings hint at past greats, yet sound fresh with a distinct charm." - Adam Simkin, EntertainmentDC.com

Lyrics

blue and borderlined

Written By: cynthia lin


i got a suitcase
gotta get out of this place

i'm used to running fast
used to things that don't last

i'm headed to the sea
she traps and troubles me
(that's what i need)

storms to churn and rage
to free me from this cage

fly away
to where the water meets the sky
fly away
got you tattooed on my mind
blue and borderlined
blue and borderlined

i got these aching wings
you got your anchor strings

and you'll just let me go
you'll never fight you'll never know

fly away
to where the water meets the sky
fly away
got you tattooed on my mind

fly away
so no one can say goodbye
fly away
feel you fading from my mind
horizon fading far behind

blue and borderlined
blue and borderlined

doppelganger

Written By: cynthia lin

Lyrics for "Doppelganger"

dont try to erase me
its time that you face me
but im not a ghost
im not your memory

im not your conscience
although you sure need one
you pretend you dont see me
but ill make you see yeah
ill make you see

i know you feel me
in another universe, youre the real me
and though you deny it
wish that i were untrue
you know that im the real you

i told your boyfriend
about your insecurities
told your mama
about your dirty deeds

told your exes
about the web of lies
about the other guys
about your alibis
all your flimsy alibis

i know you feel me
in another universe, youre the real me
and though you deny it
wish that i were untrue
you know that im
the real you

im the real you, the real you
you dont wanna see
im the real you
you dont wanna see

i know you feel me
in another universe, youre the real me
and though you deny it
wish that i were untrue
you know that i - i - i

know you - feel me
in another universe, youre the real me
and though you deny it
wish that i were untrue
you despise me
wish you could exorcise me
dont try it
just think what would happen to you

because im
the real you

i'm shy

Written By: cynthia lin

please don't tease me
i'm shy
my mouth gets dry
whenever you pass by

i've got a big heart
but no way to show it
maybe i'll keep staring
and somehow you might know it

don't want to scare you
but i think i'm in love
it's written in the stars above

i look up at the sky
as you pass by
wish i could show you but
i'm shy

Discography

EP Blue and Borderlined, released Jan 2005
EP Doppelganger, released Dec 2007

Set List

Set: 45 minutes, all original unless noted.

be my husband (cover, vocals and shaker)
sing my song
blue and borderlined
california
sketches
microscope
end of the line
skipping in nyc
water torture
home
i'm shy
doppelganger