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Cynthia Kaay Bennett

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Born: June 21, 1963    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Cynthia Kaay Bennett is an Ohio native with a strong background as a musician as well as singer. In addition to playing clubs in the Midwest for the past 8 years, earlier in her career she toured in various states across the country for over 6 years, including a tour with the U.S. Continental Army Jazz Band. In her travels, she has performed at venues such as the Savannah Jazz Festival, French Lick Springs Jazz Festival & gala big band events at the Opryland Hotel. . She receives great reviews from musicians, club owners, radio personalities, jazz critics, and her audiences. Her 1st two jazz CDs, “Wish I Knew” and “That’s the Spirit” have received airplay on over 50 radio stations all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

”Wish I Knew” has a strong blues flair. The album is full of amazing vocals and incredible musicianship. I was captivated by Cynthia's sensitive interpretation of “Jones For You”, “Thinkin' 'Bout You”, “Getting What I Deserve” and the hauntingly beautiful “A Lover Is Forever”. Having reviewed Cynthia's debut album Wish I Knew a couple of years ago, I'm not surprised that this release (That’s the Spirit) is nothing less than great. Ms. Bennett's approach to this eclectic mix can be best described as warm and classy. Her personal arrangement of the venerable Silent Night is stunning. Bennett is able to scat in fine fashion and she swings out in style… Richard Bourcier, Jazz Critic, JazzReview.com

Cynthia Kaay Bennett appears to be able to find the right approach whatever type of song she chooses. She has a marvelous singing voice and uses it to great effect; she certainly deserves greater exposure. There are lesser singers about who are getting a lot of attention and she should be up there amongst them. Roy Booth Jazz Views, UK

Dreams of You (CaraMia Records, 2011)
Tracks: You Go to My Head; You Can Count on Me; My Love Is; Stay September; Every Night in the Week; Shattered Love; Nothin’ Like the Blues; But for Now; I Wish I Didn’t Know; Love by Number; Sometimes I Wonder Why; All Blues; Secret Heart: Charade; Baby Plays Around; My Dream is You
Personnel: Cynthia Kaay Bennett: vocals; Eric Dickey: piano; Paul Keller: bass; Ralph Tope: guitar; Scott Kretzer: drums and percussion
That’s the Spirit (CaraMia Records, 2003)
Tracks: Mary, Did You Know; What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve; A Party for Santa Claus; Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song); I Pray on Christmas; Song for a Winter’s Night; That Spirit of Christmas; Silent Night; I Bought You a Plastic Star for Your Aluminum Tree; Our First Christmas; Merry Christmas, Baby; The Christmas Song; Shake Hands with Santa Claus; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Personnel: Cynthia Kaay Bennett: vocals; Catherine Styron Marx: piano; Andy Reiss: guitar; Charlie Chadwick: bass; Bob Mater: drums and percussion
Wish I Knew (CaraMia Records, 2001)
Tracks: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; Blame It on the Night; Jones for You; That’s How I Learned to Sing the Blues; Wish I Knew; Thinkin’ ‘Bout You; A Lover Is Forever; Calling on Me; Getting What I Deserve; I Do, I Do, I Do; If That Ain’t Love; Mood Indigo; Mississippi Mudslide
Personnel: Cynthia Kaay Bennett: vocals; Catherine Styron Marx: piano; Andy Reiss: guitar; Charlie Chadwick: bass; John Gardner: drums; Reese Wynans: B3 organ; Sam Bacco: percussion

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Dreams of You
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