I am a singer/songwriter performing in quiet, intimate venues and listening rooms. I perform mostly original country and americana music and share stories behind the songs.
Price Range: $150 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 150 minutes
What to Expect
You can expect an intimate, musical experience. As a Singer/Songwriter, I work best alone in small, quiet venues where I can interact with individual listeners. However, if you have a larger venue or event - I can bring along a couple of other singer/songwriters and we can perform "in the round". We have done this successfully in small house concerts as well as some of the areas largest theaters. Our audiences tend to be "artsy" in that they aren't looking to hear the typical band/top 40 music. Instead, our audiences are actively seeking to support new, independent musicians with great original music and interesting stories to tell.
I AM ALSO AVAILABLE TO CONDUCT LYRIC WRITING WORKSHOPS and have done so thru Mountain Empire Community College at Mountain Music School and Home Craft Days. These workshops can be adapted to fit various ages and time frames.
Cyndee GrayHarr is a singer/songwriter currently on the DirkWorks Productions record label in Nashville, TN. She also signed a ten-song publishing deal with DirkWorks Music, BMI. Together they released her newest project titled "Songs For Sale". She shares lead vocals on the album with hit writer Wil Nance, Brittany Carter of the group If Birds Could Fly, Michael Neil Huff of the group Sycamore Hollow, Thomas Taylor of the band Highrise and Aaron Davis of Ron Short & The Possum Playboys.
As a writer, GrayHarr has a distinct style that is intellectual yet emotional, carnal yet ethereal, and eclectic yet fresh. Her word choices and phrasing artfully merge the conversational with the poetic. She has two previous original albums to her credit, a solo album titled "Perfect Ain't Good Enough" and a duet album with Dwight Bishop titled "Being Human". She is an active member of the Smoky Mountains Songwriting Festival, Knoxville Songwriters Association and NSAI. She has won several songwriting competitions, conducts lyric writing workshops for Mountain Music School and will be teaching "Introduction to Lyric Writing" at Mountain Empire Community College.
As a live performer, Cyndee is lively and engaging. A downhome honesty gushes out through her voice, her eyes and her smile soliciting the listener to become her partner in the performance. Her stage persona has been described as a mixture of Dolly and Reba. She has been a lead and back-up vocalist in several bands, has appeared in television commercials and performed musical theatre. She loves doing studio work as a demo and/or background singer and enjoys the camaraderie at songwriter showcases and rounds in Nashville and throughout NE Tennessee and SW Virginia.
Cyndee grew up on the Tennessee side of the Virginia/Tennessee line near The Birthplace of Country Music where she was exposed to the roots music of The Carter Family and the traditional country of Haggard, Jones and Pride. Many family members on both sides either sang, played an instrument or both. She took piano lessons as a child, sang and played in church and studied voice and vocal performance in college. She received her B.S. in Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University and worked in both print and broadcast news media. She was later a freelance consultant in event planning, public relations and marketing. In 2011, she received her post-bac certification and licensure for middle and high school English education.
She is blessed with an amazing family who support that music is and always has been her passion. Now, as part of a growing songwriting community and with a determination to continue writing better and better songs each day, Cyndee is looking forward to seeing what God's plan is for her songwriting future!
Additional Booking Notes
If I am to be performing alone, all I require is a small sound system that can handle one mic, my keyboard and one guitar. If I am bringing two or more other singer/songwriters to perform in the round, we will each need a vocal mic and guitar inputs. I can also bring my own small sound system for an additional fee.
If I will be conducting a lyric writing workshop, I would like to have a way to share a powerpoint presentation.
Past Booked Events
|August 24, 2016–August 28, 2016 • 12:00pm - 11:00pm||Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival|
|July 25, 2016–July 29, 2016 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Lyric Writing Workshop|
|June 07, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Open Chord|
My set list is 98% original music with the occassional cover.
Influences & Inspiration
My writing has been influenced heavily by listening to country and pop of the 80's , traditional country, contemporary country and by other professional writers including Darrell Scott. Artists who have been a big influence on my writing and performing style are females - Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Kacy Musgraves and K.T. Oslin and males - Merle Haggard, Delbert McClinton, Keith Whitley, Ronnie Milsap and Chris Stapleton.
input for keyboard
input for guitar
amp, speakers, etc.. relative to room size
I can provide small sound system for addt'l fee
PowerPoint presentation for all workshops
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