Cyndi Lauper rose to stardom in the 1980s and became one of the most successful pop performers of the era. Her illustrious and successful career now spans four decades. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Time After Time” are two of her most well-known songs. Her four-octave vocal range sets her apart from other pop stars, and she has sold more than 50 million records around the world.
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 22, 1953. She grew up in a Catholic household with a brother and sister. Cyndi Lauper’s parents split when she was five years old. They eventually remarried, only to divorce again. Cyndi Lauper began listening to The Beatles and Judy Garland while growing up in Queens. Cyndi began creating songs when her sister gave her a guitar when she was 12 years old.
Cyndi Lauper was teased at school for her outlandish style, which included dyeing her hair in a variety of colors. She was eventually kicked out of high school. Cyndi ran away from home at the age of 17 to avoid her abusive stepfather. She finally made her way across Canada and settled in Vermont, where she attended Johnson State College and took painting lessons.
Lauper began working as a vocalist for cover bands in the New York region in the 1970s. Lauper didn’t like singing other people’s tunes because she wanted to create them on her own. She severely damaged her vocal cords in 1977 and was told she would never be able to sing again. She was able to recover with the help of a voice coach after taking a year off from singing.
Cyndi Lauper rose to prominence after forming the band Blue Angel with a saxophonist. Blue Angel got a deal with Polydor Records in 1980 and published their first album. Despite the album’s failure, Lauper garnered enough attention from industry insiders who acknowledged her great vocal abilities.
After more difficulties with her vocal cords led Cyndi Lauper to stop singing and work odd jobs, Blue Angel disintegrated. When she returned to singing and began performing in bars, David Wolff, her future manager, took note. Wolff was able to secure her a recording contract with Portrait Records.
She’s So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper’s debut solo album was released in 1983. The album was a huge smash, and it included the singles “Time After Time” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Cyndi Lauper rose to fame swiftly, and her punk image helped her build a following among teenagers. Lauper rose to fame because of the music video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which earned an award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.
Before releasing her second album, True Colors, in 1986, Cyndi Lauper contributed to the soundtrack for the legendary 1980s film The Goonies. Despite not being as successful as She’s So Unusual, the album sold millions of copies. Lauper made her film debut in 1988 with the film Vibes. A Night to Remember, her third album, was published in 1989.
The reviewers praised Lauper’s 1993 album Hat Full of Stars, but it was a commercial disappointment. The CD addressed difficult topics like homophobia and domestic violence. Lauper’s greatest hits album, Twelve Deadly Cyns, which was released in 1995, fared better. The album was certified multi-platinum. Sisters of Avalon, Lauper’s album from 1997, dealt with particularly somber topics. One song was written in memory of a buddy who died of AIDS. In 1998, she published a Christmas album.
Shine, Lauper’s fourth album, was released only in Japan in 2004. In 2005, she released The Body Acoustic, which included acoustic versions of many of her previous singles. Bring Ya to the Brink, her sixth studio album was released in 2008. She came in sixth place on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2010. In the same year, she released Memphis Blues, which went on to become the best-selling Blues album of the year.
In 2016, she released the album Detour, which included Cyndi Lauper covering and reimagining country songs.
Boots with a twist:
Kinky Boots, an award-winning musical, premiered in Chicago in 2012 and went on to Broadway later that year. Cyndi Lauper wrote the lyrics and composed the music for the show. Lauper received multiple prizes for Best Score as a result of her efforts. On Broadway, the musical grossed over $320 million dollars.
Many of Cyndi Lauper’s albums have sold millions of copies, netting her large sums of money. She’s So Unusual, released in 1983, sold over 16 million copies worldwide. After releasing the album True Colors in 1986, Lauper sold another 7 million records. Twelve Deadly Cyns aided Lauper in raking in more money from over 6 million record sales in 1994. Cyndi Lauper’s CD Floor Remixes helped her sell over 1.35 million records in 2009.
Activism and Personal Life:
Cyndi Lauper dated Dave Wolff, who had previously been her manager, for six and a half years. Cyndi Lauper met actor David Thornton on the set of Off and Running and married him later that year. Later, the couple had a son together.
Because Cyndi Lauper’s sister is a lesbian, she has advocated for LGBTQ rights throughout her career. She performs at LGBT pride events on a regular basis, and she penned the song “Above the Clouds” in remembrance of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was tragically beaten to death in Wyoming.
Cyndi Lauper is regarded as a feminist icon as well. Many commentators have said that Lauper “laid the way” for female rock stars like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” one of her songs, has been dubbed an anthem for young women. Lauper’s femininity has been described as “playful,” in contrast to those of her contemporaries such as Madonna, and her “pop-punk” image has set a new trend around the world.
Cyndi Lauper has a net worth of $50 million and is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.