Cindy Gomez became the first artist to make her debut via 40 million mobile handsets worldwide, with the game, “Dance Fabulous” on N-Gage by Nokia. The game included a dancing Gomez avatar and five of her songs which positioned her at the forefront of a trend that marries music with mobile entertainment. It came less than a year and a half after she met producer and songwriting collaborator Dave Stewart, best known for his tenure in the Eurythmics.
Cindy impressed Stewart right away. “She needed no rehearsal at all,” Stewart said. The two quickly hit it off while talking about music in the CNN green room. “It became clear that she could make up melodies very easily,” Stewart explains. “And because she learned to sing in several different languages, she’s able to flip into other ways of thinking melodically,” he added.
To Stewart’s ears, she instantly stood out among contemporary pop-oriented singers, wielding a sense of history and knowledge of international music. “She’s sultry and sexy, but also a real performer who’s in control,” he says. “We experimented a lot with songs and rhythms in the studio, but everything we did was meant to set up her big voice. It’s a vision that we can see going all the way to arenas – she’s a real singer, and a real songwriter with a knack for huge melodies.”
Gomez’s & Stewart’s joint efforts resulted in a danceable sound built on percolating club beats, with the pining “Again & Again” as her first single. “Out Of Your Mind” and “World Gone Crazy” incorporate stinging guitar sounds, while “Street Dancing” hints at Gomez’s Latin roots. “Her determination and ethic reminds me of Beyonce or Madonna,” says Stewart of the relentlessly upbeat Gomez. “She’s very positive.”
Dave Stewart makes a ‘Hitchcock’ style appearance in this video, can you spot him?
Cindy has already collaborated with many of the world’s top songwriters and producers such as Dave Stewart, Desmond Child (Ricky Martin‘s “Living La Vida Loca”, Bon Jovi‘s “Living on a Prayer”, Katy Perry‘s “Waking up in Vegas”..etc) Andreas Carlsson (NSync “Bye Bye Bye” & “It’s Gonna be me”, Celine Dion “One Heart”, “I’m Alive” “That’s the way it is”..etc), A.R. Rahman (Oscar Winner for music in Slum Dog Millionaire), Glen Ballard (Alanis Morisette entire album Jagged Little Pill, Micheal Jackson‘s “Man in the Mirror”…etc) amongst many others.
“Saddle up, it’s the thrill of the ride,” Gomez sings in “World Gone Crazy.” Soon enough, it seems, the world will be going crazy for Cindy as 2012 sees the release of her new album “FUEGO FATAL” and includes 5 songs, one of which is written by Shakira and Dave Stewart.
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PRESTIGE INTERVIEW WITH CINDY
At what age did you discover your singing talent?
AT THE AGE OF 8 I DECIDED I WANTED TO BE A SINGER AND SO I ASKED MY DAD “WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO SING” AND HE TOLD ME TO SING EVERY SINGLE DAY IN FRONT OF A MIRROR, WATCH WHAT I WAS DOING WITH MY MOUTH AND WHEN IT SOUNDED GOOD HE WOULD TELL ME, SO I KEPT AT IT FOR A WHILE UNTIL ONE DAY HE SAID IT WAS GOOD.
Do you come from a musical background?
MY FATHERS MOTHER SANG OPERA AND PLAYED PIANO BEAUTIFULLY THOUGH NOT PROFESSIONALLY AND ON MY MOTHERS SIDE THERE ARE A FEW MUSICIANS, MY UNCLE PLAYED THE TRUMPET AND EVEN PERFORMED IN CARNEGIE HALL IN NY.
What did you do for a job before working in music?
I WAS WORKING FOR A COMPANY SELLING OFFICE FURNITURE! IT WAS QUITE TIRING AS I WOULD GO TO WORK IN THE DAY AND THEN HEAD TO THE STUDIOS AFTER WORK
So how and where were you discovered?
IN 2008 I GOT A PHONE CALL THAT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE FROM MICHAEL BRADFORD, A PRODUCER WHOM I HAD WORKED WITH. HE ASKED IF I WAS FREE TO FLY TO LOS ANGELES RIGHT AWAY AND SING BACKGROUND VOCALS FOR RINGO STAR ON LARRY KING LIVE AND A FEW OTHER TV SHOWS…OF COURSE I SAID YES!!! THEN I WAS DISCOVERED BY DAVE STEWART WHOM I MET BACKSTAGE AT THE LARRY KING LIVE SHOW AND THE REST IS HISTORY.
Tell us about the business relationship you now have with Dave Stewart.
DAVE AND I ARE GREAT FRIENDS AND HAVE CO-WRITTEN MANY SONGS TOGETHER. HE IS SUCH A VISIONARY AND BECAUSE OF HIM I BECAME AN AVATAR FOR NOKIA’S N-GAGE MOBILE VIDEO GAME “DANCE FABULOUS” AND RELEASED 5 SONGS VIA 40 MILLION HANDSETS WHICH LED TO MY RECORD DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL RECORDS.
If you had to choose one of Daves songs to sing from his time in the Eurythmics or his solo career, what would you choose & why?
THATS A TOUGH QUESTION AS HE’S GOT SO MANY GREAT SONGS BUT I THINK I WOULD HAVE TO SAY “HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN” AS IT’S SUCH A CLASSIC, STUNNING SONG.
YES I DID SING ON PRINCE OF PERSIA, IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. NO I AM NOT CLASSICALLY TRAINED IN OPERA BUT MY BELGIUM GRANDMOTHER AND HER SISTER DID SING OPERA THOUGH NOT PROFESSIONALLY, SO MAYBE I GOT IT FROM THERE.
IT IS ALWAYS AN HONOR FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH SUCH TALENTED PEOPLE. DAVE’S WORLD IS FILLED WITH FUN AND MAGIC, BEING IN HIS STUDIO IS AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE ON ITS OWN AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHO WILL COME BY.
In 2009 you and Dave perfomed live infront of 70,000 people at the Life Ball at Vienna, Europes largest Aids benefit event. How do you prepare yourself for such a huge performance?
PERFORMING HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUCH A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE FOR ME. I FEEL LIKE I AM AT HOME WHEN I’M ON STAGE. THE ENERGY YOU CAN GIVE AND RECEIVE FROM AN AUDIENCE IS JUST INCREDIBLE. THE BIGGER THE AUDIENCE THE MORE EXCITEMENT THERE CAN BE BUT PERFORMING IN GENERAL, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL THE AUDIENCE IS HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY SPECIAL FOR ME. DAVE AND I CO-WROTE THE SONG “I BRING YOU LOVE” FOR THE SHOW AND I WAS SUPER EXCITED WHEN THEY INVITED ME TO SING IT LIVE.
You can sing in eight tongues: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Hindi, Cantonese and Mandarin, how did this come about?
I WAS RAISED IN THE SATELLITE CITY OF TORONTO, CANADA IT IS A HUGE MULTICULTURAL MELTING POT AND ALL MY GOOD FRIENDS ARE FROM VARIOUS NATIONALITIES SO IT SEEMED QUITE A NATURAL PROGRESSION. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN TRAVELING AND VARIOUS CULTURES AND THOUGH MUSIC CAN ALWAYS BRIDGE ANY COMMUNICATION GAP, SINGING A SONG IN SOMEONE ELSE’S LANGUAGE TRULY CONNECTS YOU TO YOUR AUDIENCE.
Were there any particular singers that you feel influenced you when you were growing up?
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SINGER IS EDITH PIAF. HER EMOTION AND HER STORY CAPTIVATED ME FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE AND SO I LEARNED “LA VIE EN ROSE” AND WOULD SING ALONG TO HER SONGS. I ALSO GREW UP WITH SPANISH MUSIC, CLASSICAL-OPERA AND THE POP DIVA SINGERS SUCH AS WHITNEY HOUSTON, CELINE DION AND MARIAH CAREY.
Is there anybody you would like to record a duet with?
I WOULD LOVE TO DO A DUET WITH CHARLES AZNAVOUR, SOMETHING CLASSIC AND BEAUTIFUL
If you were to release a cover of a record, what would it be and why?
ACTUALLY I’M EXPECTING TO RELEASE A FULL ALBUM IN THE FUTURE THAT IS FILLED WITH EMOTIONAL LOVE SONGS IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES SUCH AS LA VIE EN ROSE AND TOP CLASSIC BEAUTIFUL LOVE SONGS.
Your first single Again and Again had everybody singing along at Prestige, it’s very catchy, we love it! Which artists are you listening to again & again at the moment?
Describe how the last couple of years have been and what it has meant to you.
THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN A “THRILL OF A LIFETIME” I HAVE TRAVELED QUITE ALOT AND SEEN BEAUTY IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD. I’VE HAD THE CHANCE TO COLLABORATE WITH SOME INCREDIBLE TOP WRITERS AND PRODUCERS. I’VE ALSO LEARNED QUITE A BIT IN THIS TOUGH ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND HAVE LEARNED TO TREASURE EACH MOMENT.
After the album, whats next for you?
TRAVEL AND PERFORMING AROUND THE GLOBE AND WHO KNOWS WHAT EXCITING THINGS WILL COME AROUND THE CORNER…
So when will you be in the south of France again and what will you be upto?
I ADORE THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, ITS A GREAT GETAWAY FOR VISITING FRIENDS AND RELAXING. ALL I CAN SAY IS WATCH THIS SPACE!
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