ONE RAELETTE’S JOURNEY - A TRIBUTE TO RAY & MORE
The former Ray Charles Raelette and world class performer has found her true groove in presenting shows that feature a tribute to her former boss Ray Charles, her tribute to Gloria Lynn, The Great American Songbook or singing songs from her latest CD, Dream For One Bright World. The first all original female vocal CD in history to land and remain on the Jazzweek charts.
Cynthia sings all Ray Charles songs in one show and has some great stories to share about her journey in another. A wide range of material that can’t be told by others, bringing real life experiences to the table.
You will hear slices of life in
her lyrics, with her tribute to
Brother Ray and Martin
Luther King. She sings
about a better world,
a tribute to singers
Sarah, Ella, Carmen
“If The Shoe Fits”
crashes her own
pity party, in which
the audience joins
her in a singing
chant... “Release your
pain, Let it go and
Set it free,” and they
are happy to do so.
The tribute to Gloria Lynne
features some of Gloria’s
classics such as I Wish You
Love, Im’ Glad There is You,
Soul Serenade and more of
songs recorded by the great
Cynthia has been singing the good old song book of the Great American Standards all her life and probably knows over 5,000 songs, maybe more.
The shows can be
combined into one to
make for a spectacular
Possessing the deepest feeling.”
~ Wynton Marsalis
A mesmerizing vocalist
- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune Jazz Critic
Former Raelette singer-songwriter Cynthia Scott wants to make a positive change in the world...one song at a time. She is loved by audiences from New York to Africa, Europe and Asia: by musicians from Wynton Marsalis to Ray Charles - who discovered her - and by jazz critics like Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune who called her “a mesmerizing vocalist.”
Her all-encompassing artistry is in full effect on her latest CD Dream for One Bright World. The first all original vocal recording to land on the Jazzweek charts and stay. A eleven-track recording that soothes and grooves with straight-ahead, latin-tinged numbers, beautiful ballads, and spoken word, all telling stories about life, love, loss, homelessness, hope, and Martin Luther King. She wrote and co-wrote most of the music and lyrics and is supported by a who’s who of New York’s finest musicians:
pianist/keyboardist John di Martino, multi-reedist Bill Easley, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, drummer Yoron Israel, percussionist Jeff Haynes, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffrey, trumpeter Etienne Charles, and trombonist Andrae Murchison.
The leadoff cut, “If The Shoe Fits,” is a no-nonsense “signifying” number that tells the truth, shames the devil and crashes her own pity party. The audience joins her in a chant... “Release your pain, Let it go and Set it free.” “Shades of Ray,” is her spectacular shout-out to her former employer and mentor, featuring her “lyrical sampling” of Charles greatest hits, including “Hit the Road Jack,” What’d I Say,” and Hallelujah, “I Love Her So.” The title track “Dream For One Bright World,” features a children’s choir composed of Brooklyn grade school students. Cathy Gruenfeld of Jazz Improv Magazine reviewed the CD and stated... “This album is full of songs that I urge all chorus teachers in New York City and elsewhere to play in the classrooms. And, I would recommend it to anyone as a very powerful reminder of what is important in life.”
“Did I Know You” is dedicated to Scott’s mother and to all of those who have suffered from Alzheimer’s. The song is told from the perspective of the person who is suffering from this disease. It has been featured as a Theater Production at the New Federal Theater and The American Renaissance Theater In New York.
A former U.S. Jazz Ambassador, Cynthia Scott holds a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music and studied acting under Uta Hagen. She is on the teaching vocal roster at The New School and CIty College in New York City and she conducts master classes, vocal workshops and teaches privately.
“Cynthia Scott is a master at lighting up a stage. Style, sophistication, and spunk! She’s got it all.”
~ David “Fathead” Newman
NEWS Cynthia has finished putting on the finishing touches to her one woman show
ONE RAELETTE’S JOURNEY
so stayed tuned for more news to follow and all updates on this exciting project.
Powerful is an understatement.”
~ Cathy Gruenfeld, Jazz Improv Magazine
“Cynthia Scott knows, loves, & expresses the burning passion of Brother Ray. With singers like Cynthia around, that passion only increases in strength and beauty.”
~ David Ritz, writer of Brother Ray autobiography
“its great to hear someone with true vocal skills who brings some real life experience to the table… loves found, loves lost, life lived and just plain life-informed pathos to invest in a lyric… and really mean it! Cynthia Scott definitely brings it on this new release and certainly the ancestor Ray Charles would deeply approve!” - Willard Jenkins
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