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Cyndi Lauper

Real name: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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Arguably the biggest star of the early MTV Era, Lauper was born in Ozone Park, New York, to Fred Lauper and Catrine Dominique, a waitress. Her father was of German and Swiss descent and her mother was Italian American (Sicilian, precisely). She has a sister (Elen) and a brother (Frank). At the age of 12, she learned how to play the guitar and started writing her own lyrics. She soon dropped out of high school and traveled to Canada, then returned to New York at a later time.

Lauper released her second album True Colors on September 15, 1986. It reached number four on the Billboard 200. For this album, she increased her involvement both in production and songwriting. Guests on the album included Nile Rodgers, Aimee Mann, Billy Joel,The Bangles and Rick Derringer. Although the album was not as commercially successful as its predecessor, it contained three high-charting singles, including the title track (which become her second platinum number-one hit), "Change of Heart" (#3) and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (#12). True Colors also featured the track "Maybe He'll Know", which was originally from the Blue Angel album. The 4th single from the album Boy Blue became cyndi's first non top 40 song.The proceeds of said song was donated to the AIDS-research.She also sang the theme song for the series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" the same year, though she was credited as "Ellen Shaw." Playhouse star Paul Reubens appeared on the True Colors album track, "911" as an emergency operator. The album sold nearly 12 million copies.

A Night to Remember, her third album, was released on May 23, 1989. Though critically well-received, it was not as big a commercial success as her previous albums. The album spawned only one big hit, "I Drove All Night", originally penned for Roy Orbison, although his version was not released until 1992, three years after Lauper's version and four years after his death. She also wrote and produced most of the album. The same year, Quebecer pop star Mitsou covered "Heading West" (co-written by Lauper) on her EP single of the same title. Unconditional Love was covered by ex-Bangles vocalist Susanna Hoffs. While My First Night Without You was covered by Tommy Page. In 2006, I Don't Want To Be A Friend was covered by Philippine pop singer Nina.

In June 2007, Lauper headlined the True Colors Tour 2007 for Human Rights through the United States and Canada which also included Deborah Harry, Erasure, The Dresden Dolls, and Gossip, with Margaret Cho as MC and special guests in different cities. The tour, sponsored by Logo, the MTV Networks channel targeting gay audiences, provided information to fans who attend, as well as purple wristbands with the slogan "Erase Hate" from The Matthew Shepard Foundation. A dollar from every ticket sold was earmarked for the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people..This October the Matthew Sheppard Bill was passed into a law by the US Congress largely due to the great success of the True Colors Tour.

"Set Your Heart" and "Grab A Hold" are two new songs which she performed live in Singapore in August 2007 , where she referred to live performances as the "best Petri dish of the live experience" for musicians .


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