VIDEO: INTERVIEW – CYN Talks American Songbook Influence, Early Origins

When Katy Perry launched her label, Unsub Records, one of the first artists she signed was up-and-coming artist, CYN. The singer/songwriter made her SXSW debut earlier in 2018, having also played Bonnaroo and toured with BØRNS, Sigrid, Years and Years and Ms. Perry herself during her tour dates in Mexico. CYN (née Cynthia Nabozny) grew up in Michigan, outside of Detroit as an avid fan of her eventual boss, as well as a wide range of artists including Jewel, Carol King, Alicia Keys and big band of the early American songbook. She went to college in Chicago, where she would eventually find her voice and sound after collaborating with other musicians via Soundcloud. Now living in Los Angeles, CYN honing her craft, having released a handful of singles including “Alright” and the captivating “I’ll Still Have Me”, the latter having already exceeded millions of streams in less than 5 months. Speaking about the inspiration behind the song, CYN explained- “After realizing a break up was imminent, I wrote this song to convince myself that everything would be fine. Focusing on who I am and where I’m headed made me feel less empty and more like I would make it through this heartbreak— finding sanctuary in myself was my safest bet and sturdiest lean upon.”

CYN recently spoke with B-Sides about the influences of the early music from the 1920s and the American Songbook, her early performances and plans for her debut release. Check out the interview and CYN performing “I’ll Still Have Me” for B-Sides:


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