“It’s the way of the world, or maybe it’s just me… I only survive when I love relentlessly”

~ Cindy Alexander

The word “Survivor” comes up a lot in a my life. Usually other people introduce me that way and at first, it felt so awkward. Then I owned it. And now, I’m kind of over it. Any of us who wakes up on January 1, 2017 SURVIVED 2016. We have all overcome obstacles, whether they be physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual. So in essence, we are all survivors. But I really want to go into 2017 as so much more. Surviving implies a battle against the odds. I’m much more than surviving. I’m thriving. I’m living and loving and manifesting my dreams. Yeah, I have my moments that aren’t so blissful. But underneath the hurt, frustration or anger is always the knowledge that I am blessed. I am surrounded by an incredible support system that includes a loving family, loyal friends, genius professionals and creative soul mates. I am happy to say goodbye to 2016, but I take with me immense gratitude that only grows deeper. Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year full of peace ~ in your hearts and in the world, prosperity and beautiful music. Love, Cindy

I had to start packing for the next tour a few weeks ago because as you’ve probably seen on Facebook, school started this week and it takes every minute of the day to keep up with my kids. My 7 year old twin daughters started 2nd grade, and the biggest challenge so far has been: What to Wear. (And I thought that was MY issue!) Jette’s dressing in what I can only describe as Jazz Fusion Fashion and Perry’s look is Dinosaur Hip Hop. The first week is shaping up to be a great one – the kids love their teachers, we finished all the homework a day early and no one has lice. 😉

I leave Saturday to meet up with my Blue Élan Records label mate, Keith Harkin. Keith is well known for being part of the Irish band “Celtic Thunder,” but he has traded in the kilt for good ol’ blue jeans, singing his original material on the new record “Mercy Street.” I’ll be joining him in Indianapolis 8/21, Knoxville 8/23 and San Clemente 9/14.

In between dates with Keith, I have a lot more shows and home invasions (house concerts) so please check my tour schedule! I’m still booking home invasions throughout the year so don’t be shy – email or message me on Facebook! And be sure to watch my adventures from the road via the videos I post at facebook.com/cindyalexander.music.

Before you go, please check out my new video for “Heaven’s Wall”  by clicking here. It was directed by my super talented friend, Nicholas McCarthy (known for the horror film “The Pact”), with beautiful camera work by Boyd Hobbs. Produced by Stephanie Paris. The entire crew was phenomenal: Jessica Mahnke (Prod. Designer), Paul Losada (Playback/Sound), Andrew Shankweiler (Gaffer), Nick Perry (Key Grip), Alex Dumas (Swing), Preston Phillips (First AC), Camille Calvin (Wardrobe), Ashley Rudder for MAC (Makeup), Bree Moffet (Hair), Jacob Rachinski (Art Asst.), and Matteo Saradini (Post/VFX). Special thanks to Kim Ferry for consulting and Mary Ann Brown (Energetic Jewelry) for the gorgeous custom headpiece.

Here’s a little behind the scenes piece of trivia. If you wonder what Jette (my angel/ the heart that walks outside my body) is whispering in my ear…it’s “Love Factory”  I know what the video means to me – but I’m curious as to what it means to you!! Please “like” on YouTube and leave a comment if you are so inclined.  Thanks for the support XOC

One year ago today, on July 8, 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Today, I am Healthy, Happy, a bit emotional…and I don’t need to wear a bra. Ever again. get-attachment

I am packing up for my second leg of my summer tour with the Bacon Brothers which takes me back to PA (Sellersville Theater on 7/11) and then on to New York (City Winery on 7/14 and 7/15).  I can’t even begin to explain how incredibly satisfying it is to share the songs I’ve written over the last year with an audience.  After the show, I am honored to meet so many survivors and care givers who were touched by my music.  As an artist, I am always encouraged and propelled by the notion that music heals, unites and speaks to us when words fail.  I love kicking back and watching the Bacon Brothers when my set is over.  I’m watching my friends pour out their hearts, share their stories, and bring joy to so many people.  We’ve worked together for 16 years now, and I am so grateful and honored to be able to share the road with them.

get-attachment-2On the home front, Jette and Perry start Kindergarten this August and I will be home in time to take them to their first day of school.  They are enlightening, inspiring, hilarious, challenging, and heart warming.   Jette’s songwriting is mind blowing, and she shuns the idea that songs should be between 3 and 4 minutes.  Her masterpieces are about 10-15 minutes in length and do NOT interrupt her.  Perry is the first to grab the microphone at kid’s karaoke, and her favorite song to sing is “Everything is Awesome!”

Chip built us a beautiful studio (Man Cave?) and he’s been hiding away writing songs and producing tracks.  We did all of the drums for my new record at our own Underland Studio.

It’s been a hot and humid summer in Los Angeles ~ feels like a sauna.  I projected my own discomfort on my cat and gave him a “lion’s cut” today to get rid of the fleas and make him feel cooler.  I just spent an hour trying to take his picture, but I think he’s traumatized and won’t come out from under the bed.

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July and enjoy the rest of summer.  Over the next three months, I will be gearing up for the release of “CURVE” on October 7th.  You can pre-order the cd by clicking here.  All the pre-orders really help with momentum for an indie-artist, so thank you in advance if you are so inclined to show your early support.   I will post a stream for some of the tracks soon, so stay tuned!

Love,

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