Biography

Cynthia Farrell has been a singer since she was 7 after being a few girls away from being Annie in the movie version of the same. She was born in Mexico City to a Mexican-American mother, whose father was a Hollywood producer of such greats as Rin Tin Tin, Naked City and Route 66. Cynthia’s father is a piano player from San Diego who until recently was the conductor, arranger and keyboard player for The Temptations for over ten years. She grew up honing her craft recording in his studio singing musical theater, pop, and 70’s classic rock. Cynthia’s second cousin, Kevin Farrell, who was a protege of Leonard Bernstein and conductor of such Broadway shows as Evita under Harold Prince, was an early mentor to her asking her to learn entire Soprano sections of shows such as Brigadoon.

While in her hometown of Beverly Hills, she was introduced to Stevie Nicks after recording her song Has Anyone Ever Written, which Stevie heard and told Cynthia “no one has ever covered a song of mine the way you have”. Cynthia was invited to tour with Stevie so that she could impart her gift of songwriting to Cynthia and so that Cynthia could record more songs that were part of Stevie’s body of work.

Later in her career, Cynthia sent her demo to the legendary producer and now president of Blue Note Records, Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Rait, Carly Simon), who after hearing it, invited her to create a record at his home studio in Bel Air. Don wanted to tap into Cynthia’s Mexican heritage and fluency in Spanish by re-creating Spanish language standards. They chose songs such as Sabor a Mi, and created edgy, fat, percussive tracks under Cynthia’s crystalline, rich vocals to create a unique feel that would captivate both markets.

Cynthia originally went to New York City for undergraduate work at NYU for musical theater. She has performed in Off-Broadway shows with companies such as Hal Prince’s Directors Co., James Hammerstein, at NYC Opera, and has held principal roles in European tours. Cynthia has also developed a career in voice overs, jingles and in several notable video games such as her role of Catalina in Grand Theft Auto 3 and San Andreas.

Cynthia debuted her new one woman show “Cynthia Farrell, For Real”, musical directed and arranged by Fran Minarik and co-written and directed by James Horvath, at Don’t Tell Mama in July of 2013. The show is comprised of 14 songs that between new arrangements of musical theater songs, pop and folk, are connected by an autobiographical storyline. Audiences go on Cynthia’s journey with her and after doing so, seem to come out having internalized the material so much that it is personal to them too, resulting in inspiration or being moved in a very dramatic way. The show was reviewed very favorably by Mark Dundas Wood of Bistro Awards and can be found on Cynthia’s website.

Cynthia has recorded an album with Fran Minarik, composed of unique arrangements from musical theater, pop and a few greats such as Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell and Blackbird by Paul McCartney: it will debut at her next show and will be available on CD Baby and other sites. “Cynthia Farrell, For Real 2.0” will be up for the first time on December 7th, 2013 at The Metropolitan Room in December and next on January 24th. She has added songs and additional storyline to what was her first show..