Nobel Peace Prize nominated and critically acclaimed self-released singer, actress, activist. Best known for her version of Santa Baby (oft-miscredited to Marilyn Monroe and influencing nearly ever artist who has re-recorded the song since 2000. Featured in soundtracks from Party Monster to CBS's NCIS LA) She is compared to artists ranging from Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day to Jamie Cullum, Harry Connick Jr, Madeline Peyroux, Al Jarreau, Amy Winehouse, Oleta Adams and more.
Cynthia (who is often called “C” by her friends) has had a colorful and successful life in several fields, and she is just getting started. She is an exquisite and glamorous singer with a highly expressive voice and a real feel for American standards. Her most recent full length CD, The Standard features a haunting arrangement by Lee Musiker of “Cry Me A River”. She has combined forces with Lee on several of her releases including, Its Only A Paper Moon and The Christmas Song.
“I was raised on jazz,” says Ms. Basinet. “My Dad used to play records by Ella, John Coltrane and many others. In fact, my mother has said that I heard jazz while still in my womb.” Born in the San Fernando Valley, she was raised in the Silicon Valley near San Francisco. Classically trained on flute and saxophone (playing first chair in her school bands),she also sang opera while loving the American popular songbook.