One year since the terrible disaster hit Japan on the 11th March 2011, Tokyo FM will have a special day of programming to remember the victims who's lives changed forever. Cyndi Lauper will be a guest a special guest on Jeepstyle Radio from 1pm JST on the 11th March 2012.
Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) has recorded 13 albums, embarked on 19 tours, won six Grammys from 19 Grammy nominations, and released over 40 singles, sold one million DVDs, 20 million singles, and as of 2012 has sold more than more 50 million albums worldwide in her career. Whew!
When Lauper released her 1983 album She’s So Unusual, becoming the first female singer to have four top five singles released from one album, most of the music community was unaware that she was not only a fan and student of blues, but would also go on to record a fabulous Grammy-nominated blues album, Memphis Blues, and one year later release a Blues DVD/Live CD, To Memphis, With Love. Lauper was kind enough to discuss these projects and give us an insight of her as a blues singer, writer, arranger, historian, and a beautifully complex human being whose true love is music and its heritage.
Lauper recorded her introductory narration for To Memphis, With Love on her iPhone (she commented that “Everything is going digital”) as she walked the rainy streets of Memphis reminiscing about her childhood and preparing us for her evolution as a musician and blues artist.
“Most people’s introduction to the blues is at a concert or hearing a blues singer on the radio. Mine was at 104th street in Queens, New York, in a pink and white shingled house that looked like the color of Good & Plenty candy. There, on Saturdays when my mom was off from work and my sister and I were off from school, she would pull out her old Phillips stereo and play a Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong duet called “All That Meat And No Potatoes.” And there in the living room, my sister, aged eight, my brother, two, and I, seven, would dance wildly to it with my mom.”
Discussing the history of blues, rock, and their origins in Memphis in the Delta, one comes to understand that Lauper has done her homework. She walked the streets of Memphis for hours and days searching for the ghosts and origins of the project and character she was about to produce. When discussing the origins of blues and the famous W.C. Handy moment in Tutwiler, Mississippi, where the term “blues” was coined and codified by Handy in “St. Louis Blues” and “Yellow Dog Blues,” Lauper immediately contributed to the legacy of these songs reminding me that “St. Louis Blues” was renamed “Memphis Blues” and recorded by the Victor Military Band in 1914, and was used as a campaign song for early 20th century Memphis mayoral candidate Edward Crump. This later became the title of the album after toying with “Memphis Queen” (after the famous riverboat), which Lauper scrapped because she thought that it would come across as “arrogant” implying that she was the Memphis Queen.
“The title of the DVD was a whole conflict as well because I didn’t want to say From Memphis with Love like a postcard, because I felt that the title should be honoring and putting a spotlight on Memphis more than on myself.”
The songs for the album that ultimately found their home on the DVD were selected by Lauper over a period of six years prior to her deciding upon Memphis and the artists as the album’s foundation. Lauper further proves her love of history and Memphis music heritage when she recollects about her tour of the STAX Museum and learning about the Soul Front. “I realized how ignorant I was …When I went to the museum and saw the pictures and story in front of me I went “Oh my G-d! that’s the Soul Front?! They sent the black men to the front [front line in Vietnam] and let them get killed first?” Lauper is extremely socially and morally conscious and very involved with activities/interest groups that include those that defend and support equal rights for women, gays, and people of color.
Lauper went on to describe the process of making the DVD To Memphis, With Love and the studio album Memphis Blues before that.
“The whole idea is how to preserve the sound and how to bring it forward. As I traveled around the world most of my audience didn’t want me to perform blues songs, but I played them anyway. I started to mix it with my music and weave it all [the different genres] together, mix it together, and ground it with my own work. Everything you have ever heard [from me] came from me. The center of everything has to sound like it comes from me, because if it didn’t sound like it came from me, it should have someone else’s name on that cover, not mine. The thing about the blues is, it is the root of everything. All of the modern music is blues. There’s no way that anything you play that you think is new really is, because it’s not.”
“All of the modern music is blues.”
Charley Burch for BluesWax: How did you hook up with Scott Bomar?
“I was looking for a partner to work this project with after signing with Downtown Records. I had two options: one was a person I had known and one that I didn’t. The one I knew was out in L.A. but I didn’t want to record this album out in L.A. because I didn’t think that would be much of a blues album for me. I knew I had to go south to have a real southern experience. So I was referred to this young man [Scott Bomar], who had begun a kind of renaissance down in Memphis. I researched him online, called him on the phone, and I decided to take a chance by going down to Memphis, record a couple of songs, and see how things worked out between us. So he met me at the hotel, we had a drink, next day went to his studio, and that’s how it happened. He’s the nicest guy; he’s very talented and has a sense of what he hears. He’s very quiet and not as direct as me and that is probably what makes us such a great team.”
BW: There are a great number of Memphis session players on this DVD that I have had the pleasure of recording with on a number of occasions. Had you worked with any of these guys before this project?
“I first met with Allen Toussaint at the Katrina benefit . I knew that he was this New Orleans gem. I started researching him more and the record people wanted me to record with him songs like “I Know You Don’t Love Me No More.” I found another song that I was able to mash up with that called “Last Train,” which was when I found out how adventurous Allen is. We’d planned on recording for several years, but things like The Apprentice and both our other projects got in the way. We took advantage of this album to bring Allen in and record another song, “You Promised Love,” by the blues singer Annie Laurie [not to be mistaken with the Scottish singer/actress]. However this was not the song [in my opinion] that would allow Allen to shine. So I went to Scott and said, ‘What can we record that B.B. King might want to play on’ and they said, ‘B.B. is a huge Louis Jordan fan.’”
Last week Charley Burch spoke with Cyndi Lauper about her background in the blues and the idea behind her two latest releases, Memphis Blues and To Memphis, With Love. This week they continue with how the songs were selected.
The song Lauper selected turned out to be a perfect fit for Allen Toussaint and the rest of the crew. She insisted on keeping the original intro intact, belting out in her beautifully classically trained voice “Hey, Pedro…” to me over the phone.
One really gets a sense of Lauper’s passion and creative skill sets by watching this DVD. Amongst the amazing album lineup of session players, Charlie Musselwhite was introduced to Lauper during the album recording, as was Charles “Skip” Pitts and Archie “Hubby” Turner Mitchell, all of whom went out on tour with Cyndi’s regular band working the album in between the studio album release and the release of the DVD.
When speaking with her about how Willie Mitchell was my mentor, Lauper responded “…and Scott Bomar’s and just about everybody in Memphis. I’m just sorry it took me so long [to make these recordings] and I didn’t even get to meet Willie.”
Lauper is a very serious musician who focuses almost obsessively on her vocal instrument and has had a hand in virtually every arrangement of a song she has ever performed on or written. Other players that appear on both the album and DVD include Johnny Lang, Lester Snell, Leroy Hodges, Howard Grimes, Marc Franklin, Kirk Smothers, Derrick Williams, Steve Potts, Michael Toles, Steve Gaboury, William Whitman, and Tracy Nelson.
Are the scenes from Scott Bomar’s studio that were actual recording sessions for records or all rehearsals for the concert?
The album Memphis Blues was released June 22, 2010. It is amazing that such a great album was shot and recorded only a few months before its June 22 release. The “live performance” aspects of the DVD were shot over a couple of days beginning December 2, 2010, and released in December of 2011 accompanied by a live 14-song album with the DVD titled To Memphis, With Love. The production of this wonderful DVD came to fruition more as a necessity and gift for her fans after the release of the Grammy-nominated studio album a year earlier. Lauper professes that there was so much happening in the studio that was not captured on video, “that it would be so nice that before the audience saw these guys go on stage, they got to hear them talk. A connection is now being made that they [the audience] is not just seeing a bunch of great musicians on stage that is biased by their previous work.” Thus it was necessary for a documentary element to be combined with a live performance.
Charley Burch for BluesWax: You also brought in some pretty big pinch hitters from out of town, i.e., Allen Toussaint, Charlie Musslewhite, Lester Snell, Tracy Nelson, and Johnny Lang. Was that to help you with the arrangements?
Cyndi Lauper: Many people think of these guys as arrangers, they are essentially players.
Lauper was quick to clarify that she is responsible for her own arrangements while working well with others and their ideas and contributions.
“They were focusing mostly on the writing…these guys are used to coming into the studio and recording together and whatever the singer does, that’s gravy.” Lauper had previously drawn out a game plan with Bomar anticipating that these session cats were going to focus on writing and dictation where Lauper was searching for a way to bond with these master musicians and create something familiar but new. ”I was more focused on finding a way to connect …it’s all based on call and response.” Lauper gives an analogy referring to her studio drummer stating that “the drums are my dance partner. You and I are tight and everything else goes around us, and the interior rhythm that is created by listening is what makes the music.” Lauper stated that her approach was interpreted as “head arrangements” (arranging things on your feet in the open-hall recording session instead of afterwards in an ISO booth or with a producer/production team after the rhythm tracking) by the session players coining her style and approach in comparison to how they did it in the “old days” with Willie Mitchell. “Even with the different approach, styles and the fact that we had not worked together before, there were times that were otherworldly!”
For all the gear monkeys out there, I asked about the hardware she most likes to work with, both in the studio and live. Lauper prefers working with Neve boards/modules and recording with analog outboard equipment to analog tape. She likes the RCA ribbon mics that are so popular with our recording community here in the Delta and around the globe, but also is partial to her German Brauner VM series microphone (also popular by Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Frank Sinatra, and Lenny Kravitz) that was a prototype when she started using them. They are made for recording singing that is dynamic, loud, and hard. “Neumann are great, but this one was better for me.” Lauper also likes the round lollypop C90 for intimacy and diversity regarding live performance mike selection.
BW: I have followed your music since the ’80s and seen you perform live in each of the last three decades. You still look and sound amazing! Any secrets for the rest of us of to preserve both our musical and physiological chops?
CL: I try to keep my body strong and healthy. Let’s face it, if you are a singer and your body is strong, then your voice is strong so I try to take care of my instruments, body and voice. You have to keep in shape. I lost my speaking voice during The Apprentice and chose to go back into training with my vocal instructors [First a guy at Dwyer who developed a method for Broadway singers using a mask technique stressing the break and then with Katie Agresta whom she still works with to date], who I have studied with my whole career using a method called “vocal therapy” based on an operatic Italian method, so that I can sing whatever I want to sing and not just what I can sing.”
When asked “What’s next on the horizon for Cyndi Lauper?” she replied, “I just recorded a Christmas CD which has “Home for The Holidays” with Norah Jones, “Blue Christmas,” and others. I so enjoyed working with Michael Toles, Henry Butler, and Steve Potts…They were just amazing…Jones [Norah] has a voice just like buttah.”
When Lauper is not touring, recording, acting, or writing, she is a wife and mother.
“I am very dedicated to my family and very dedicated to my work. I juggle both of them and work very hard at being the best I can at both. When I am not working on my music, I am working hard at being a parent. When I did the Bring You To The Brink album, I did the vocal recording in my house so I could be with the family. Most people think that I am a party girl, but I’m not. I don’t go out much.” Lauper has been married to David Thornton since 1991. They have a 14-year old son, Declyn Wallace Thornton, who attends school in Connecticut. They currently live in Manhattan, New York.
It is a must for all Cyndi Lauper fans to own both the Memphis Blues CD and To Memphis, With Love DVD. You will appreciate the genre and this artist more than ever as a result. I know I do.
It's confirmed: Kinky Boots will work out its kinks in Chicago. Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced Wednesday that the new Broadway-aimed musical with music and lyrics by pop star Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein ("Hairspray") will have its pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago this fall, prior to Broadway, likely in early 2013.
The Chicago engagement at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. will open in early October and will play several weeks. Individual tickets are not yet on sale.
The new musical is based on the 2005 British movie, directed by Julian Jarrold, wherein a struggling shoe factory takes a cue from a helpfully adroit drag queen and finds a new economic life selling a more fetishistic kind of footwear. Jerry Mitchell, the director of both "Hairspray" will both direct and choreograph the show. Reportedly, the show will star Stark Sands and Billy Porter.
This will be Lauper's first Broadway score, although she performed in the 2005 Broadway revival of "The Threepenny Opera." A singer-songwriter who has released over 40 singles and sold millions of records, Lauper is known for such 1980s pop-rock hits as "True Colors," "Time After Time" and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." She's likely to be in and out of Chicago for several weeks, working on the show in the traditional fashion.
Kinky Boots, which had a workshop performance before an invited audience in New York last month, has been in development for at least three years.
As previously reported in the Tribune, the production will be among the first to take advantage of the new Illinois tax incentives, passed late last year and designed to attract more pre-Broadway tryouts and long-running shows.
Bob’s Burgers has a retro-treat on the menu for its season 2 premiere — and it includes a remake of Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough,” EW has learned. Airing March 11, the episode will send up Steven Spielberg’s 1985 family adventure movie The Goonies, as the kids embark on a treasure hunt to an abandoned taffy factory, which happens to be scheduled for demolition. To enhance their homage, the producers asked Lauper to re-record her hit with special lyrics to play over the end credits. (You can see her in action in the photo above.) “My son really wanted me to do it,” Lauper notes. “He loves the show and was like, ‘C’mon, Mom, it’s hysterical. Do it.”
And how does Lauper think her Bob’s version stacks up against the classic? “Oh, it’s a classic too,” she says.”Very funny and in poor taste. My son finally thinks I am funny!” Get a first listen below to find out if that chorus “Taffy butt/ You have a taffy butt/ There’s treasure in that butt/ I want that taffy butt” is good enough to stick in your brain.
Season 2 will premiere on FOX in the US on the 11th March (03/11). Bob's Burgers can also been seen in various countries around the world including UK (E4), Italy (FOX), Canada (Global TV), Australia (Eleven), New Zealand (Four), Ireland (3e), Brazil (FX Latin America), Mexico (FX Latin America), Norway (TV 2 Zebra), Hungary (Comedy Central), Ukraine (2+2), Estonia (TV6), Czech (Prima Cool) and Greece (FX). Check your local TV listings for air dates.
The Black & White Ball will kick off with a concert featuring Grammy® award-winning recording artist Paul Simon and his band, for the first time, with the San Francisco Symphony in Davies Symphony Hall.
Then, the festivities will continue with dancing at our six-decade dance party— 10 bands on five stages located throughout the War Memorial Performing Arts Center and City Hall. Enjoy the greatest hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and today.
Cyndi Lauper will be one of headlining artists in one venue and soul artist Janelle Monae in another. The other eight bands are still to be announced, but they will run the gamut from rock to soul and blues, Latin, pop and jazz. It is unknown at this stage which venue Cyndi will perform at but you can purchase party passes now! Party passes are $250. Book before the 15th March (03/15) 2012 and get the early bird price of $225.
(EN) From the 20th February 2012 through to the 29th February 2012 fans passing through the Shinjuku Station East Exit area will be able to see footage of Cyndi Lauper on the Yunika Vision screens. Every hour for 15 minutes there will be a Cyndi Lauper special.
Lundi Gras took place last night in the US city of New Orleans where Cyndi Lauper took part in the Mardi Gras Parade where she throw beads into the crowds. After the parade Cyndi Lauper then entertained fans at Orpheuscapade!.
Celebrity sightings at the Orpheus including singer Cyndi Lauper, Harry Connick, Hillary Swank, and Bret Michaels were just some of the big names riding with the krewe.
Cyndi Lauper has taken part in the new UNIQLO commercial which is currently airing in Japan. Watch Below.
This is not the first time Cyndi Lauper has teamed up with UNIQLO. In 2011 Cyndi Lauper, along with other celebrities teamed up with the Japan editions of Vogue and GQ for a charity T-shirt project in aid of survivors of the Japanese earthquake. T-shirts were adorned with messages of support for the Japanese people (see here). All profits from the sale of the t-shirts went to help the Japanese people who were effected the huge Earthquake and Tsunami hit on the 11th March 2011.
Before Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Cyndi Lauper, the all-around artist who won the hearts of music-lovers around the world with her revolutionary style, adding drama to her performance with the changing colors of her hair and with trend-setting attire, oftentimes doing acrobatics (like bending over backwards or lying on her back) that enhanced but never affected her singing. She’s the original total performer.
Her hit song Girls Just Wanna Have Fun predated Madonna’s signature songs Papa Don’t Preach and Like AVirgin, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way as the anthem of the young. She was also hailed as a gay icon before Madonna and Lady Gaga were.
“It’s an honor to always have the genuine affection of the gay community, they have never turned their back on me. I will never turn my back on them. We’ve had a long and enduring love affair,” Cyndi was quoted as saying.
Madonna and Lady Gaga for sure feel the same way and echo the same sentiment. The truth is that, on record, Cyndi has joined Lady Gaga as spokesperson for the MAC Viva Glam Campaign to educate women about HIV/AIDS around the world, while championing the rights of gays and lesbians.
Here are more facts about Cyndi, whose real full name is Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper, born a Roman Catholic (like Madonna and Lady Gaga) on June 22, 1953, in Queens, New York, to a German-Swiss father and an Italian-American mother:
•Cyndi is a multi-Grammy awarded artist (with six so far);
• She has sold over 50 million records worldwide;
• Aside from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, her chart-topping hits include True Colors, Time After Time, Money ChangesEverything and All Through The Night.
• She became the first female singer to have four Top-5 singles released from a single album;
• She has since released 11 albums, including the recent Memphis Blues, which was Billboard’s biggest-selling blues album in 2010;
• In 2008, she was proclaimed “the fourth most unforgettable singer of all time” by the leading British tabloid Sun;
• She is currently a staunch supporter for awareness against gay, lesbian and bisexual discrimination;
• Her songs have been covered by dozens of artists through the decades since she started her career, including Phil Collins, Miles Davis, Stone Temple Pilots, Train, Staind, Saosin, Arcade Fire, The Killers, Matchbox 20 and Miley Cyrus;
• She was also among the crème dela crème of the music world that collaborated to create the first We Are The World music video along with Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles; and
•She recently starred in Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.
The good news is that Cyndi is coming back for another concert on March 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (Producer is PULP Live World; for tickets, call Ticketnet at 911-5555 or the Pulp office at 727-4957.)
Cyndi recently did an exclusive e-mail interview to The STAR, the only Philippine paper she agreed to do it with.
What are your memories of your first concert in Manila when you donated an amount for typhoon victims? Did you know that another typhoon and a big earthquake have just devastated parts of the Philippines?
“What I remember most about my last visit to Manila was the people there. What great spirits. We all felt so welcomed by the generosity shown to us. I did know about the last typhoon, so sad. Nature can be very cruel. I send my warmest messages to recovery to all the people who were affected there.”
How are you today compared to what you were 10 or 20 years ago? You were a trendsetter.
“I think as you get older, things get a bit easier so for me I am more content now than I was 20 years ago. In the beginning of my career I had to fight to do what I wanted to do artistically, until I proved myself to my labels. Once I had a few hits, they were more willing to allow me to follow my muse. Today I just go where my muse takes me. Regarding the word ‘trendsetter,’ I always have loved fashion and that is a big compliment.”
When you look 10 or 20 years back at your life and career, what comes to your mind? What would you have changed, if any?
“I wouldn’t change a thing. Of course I’ve made some mistakes but without those mistakes I wouldn’t have become the artist and person I am today and I like where I am.”
“I have a 14-year-old son and a fantastic husband so whenever I have down time I am with them of course doing what regular families do. But that is my real joy!”
You were quoted as saying (in part), ‘it’s an honor to have the genuine affection of the gay community...’ Is that why you are such a staunch supporter for awareness against gay, lesbian and bisexual discrimination?
“I have friends, family and fans in the community. What kind of person would I be if I didn’t stand up for my friends, family and fans? You are born the way you are born, and you shouldn’t be discriminated against for that.”
What has changed about you these past years?
“Being a mom to my son. Motherhood has made me less selfish. And more honest.”
How has your music evolved? Do you still pursue the “girls just wanna have fun” line?
“Yes, absolutely. Girls is a song about empowerment for women and we all strive for that.”
What makes you happy?
“My family, making music, being with friends, travel....all of these things make me happy.”
Please sing your hit songs during your Manila concert.
“Of course I will, don’t you worry about that. It’s going to be a great concert, the hits the fans love, songs from many albums including a few songs off my new album Memphis Blues.”
Any message to your Manila fans?
“I’ve missed you and look forward to spending time together again in March!!!”
Cyndi Lauper Performance And Meet And Greet At The ANA TV & Everything Video Conference center at Marriott Marquis Times Square on February 15, 2012 in New York City singing classics such as Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Time After Time and Money Changes Everything.
Cyndi Lauper was at the Grammys last night in LA. Cyndi Lauper arrived at the event with her Mother, Catrine. Cyndi Lauper also appeared on many TV shows and was interviewed by Japanese TV.
During an interview with Chris Booker (watch here or below) Cyndi Lauper mentioned Kinky Boots which will hopefully premiere in 2013 (Cyndi' lucky number), plus her Autobiography will be finished by April and the long anticipated Reality show will air in April/May on WE.
Cyndi Lauper has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards throughout the years and won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1984. As a Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper is invited to attend the event every year.
(EN) According to WOWOW, one of the sponsors for the upcoming Cyndi Lauper （シンディーローパー） JAPAN TOUR 2012, the show from Tokyo on the 11th March will be broadcast live in 14 cinemas throughout Japan. In three different prefectures (Kitakami in Iwate Prefecture; Natori and Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture; and Fukushima, capital of Fukushima Prefecture) admission is free of charge. Admission information will be announced at a later date. All proceeds/donations will be given to the Japanese Red Cross.
On the 25th March 2012 @ 21:00 WOWOW Live will broadcast the show and it will feature a special interview with Cyndi Lauper.
Dolce&Gabbana have released a new collection of T-shirts and in the collection is a Cyndi Lauper T-shirt. The new T-shirt is available in sizes for both men and women and comes in grey and white (men only) with a Cyndi Lauper print.
Short sleeve T-shirt
Jersey - Logo details - Detailed print
Composition: 100% Cotton
Colours: Grey and White
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Crew neck T-shirt
Cyndi Lauper Print
Colours: Grey and White
The T-shirt are Made in Italy and are now available instore or online (not in all countries) for £145/€145/€160 (depending on territory). Check your local store to see if it is available in your country.
Over 3 months ago, episode 3, original air Date, 21st October 2011 was broadcast on Canadian TV. Pop music superstar Cyndi Lauper spoke with Elvira Kurt on The Gayest Show Ever, OUT TV, Canada's Gay television channel about her LGBT activism.
Thanks to Colin the clip has finally hit the internet. Watch the interview below.
Every Wednesday night at the Craft Bar & Grill there is Rockoeke.
All you have to do is sing one of Cyndi lauper's hit songs and you could win tickets. On the 15th March 2012 two VIP Tickets to see Cyndi Lauper on the 17th March at the Smart Araneta Coliseum will be given away.
Starting tonight from 10 pm (PHT) ROCKEOKE! Those who sing get a free shot and CYNDI LAUPER TICKETS will be given away if you rock one of her songs!
Location: Unit E, The Fort Entertainment Complex, 26th Street corner 5th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
This will happen every WEDNESDAY at CRAFT PUB & GRILL until show day! Go check out Rockeoke on Wednesdays!
To coincide with the upcoming Filipino show at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila on the 17th March 2012 music video channel MYX will feature Cyndi Lauper on their early evening show TAKE 5. MYX TAKE 5 gives you 5 videos from 1 awesome artist. Witness how their look and sound evolved. It's 5 times the fun!
Watch TAKE 5: Cyndi Lauper on Thursday 9th February @ 5:00 pm PHT.
We are now in the second month of 2012 and the year has already got off to a fly start with many radio interviews in the UK and US, the exciting news that Cyndi Lauper has taken part in
OPI's Gelocolor Campaign and
the Powerball Lottery Commercial aired on US TV to name a few.
To see a review of everything that happened in January 2012 and to listen to the interviews visit here.
Here is a list of other projects / shows for the coming months and for the rest of 2012 (for more info click on the link):
Along with the much anticipated release of Cyndi Lauper's Autobiography there will be a reality show (yet untitled) and True Colors is set to be released on a limited edition numbered LP in the US. As soon as we know more about these projects we will post information.
theFashionSpot Partners with The Heart Truth(R) this February to Raise Awareness About Heart Disease in Women
theFashionSpot (TFS) (www.thefashionspot.com), the largest fashion-focused community and fashion editorial site on the web, announced today its partnership with The Heart Truth(R) a national campaign for women about heart disease. In an effort to spread the word about women's heart health, theFashionSpot will be a media partner of the campaign as well as launch several initiatives of its own to coincide with The Heart Truth's existing efforts during February--National Wear Red Day(R) and the Red Dress Collection 2012 Fashion Show.
The 'Show Us Your Red' custom online destination on theFashionSpot (www.thefashionspot.com/show-us-your-red) celebrates National Wear Red Day(R) Friday, February 3rd, a day when Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for women's heart health. Beginning February 2nd, visitors are able to upload photos to the destination of themselves "showing their red" in support of the campaign.
TFS is also encouraging celebrities and fashionistas to support the cause by pouring out their hearts on canvas. The "What Does Red Mean To You?" initiative has such celebrities as Cyndi Lauper, Fashion Designer Rebecca Minkoff, Bravo's Andy Cohen, Nigel Barker, and more put their hearts down on paper by drawing a sketch using only red to illustrate what red means to them. Each sketch will be featured on TFS the week of February 6th, leading up to The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2012 Fashion Show. The sketches will also be packaged into a photo book that will be placed into the gift bags at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection fashion show.
Lastly, TFS will provide full coverage of The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2012 Fashion Show that takes place in New York on February 8th. From red carpet arrivals, backstage coverage, interviews with participating celebrities and designers to up-to-the-minute runway steps, theFashionSpot will be the heart of event coverage for this 10th annual celebration.
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