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Cindi Hall: Bio

Cindi Hall’s music is an invitation. An invitation to think and to feel. An invitation to sing along. An invitation to peek into the heart of a fresh talent with an engaging voice, a beautiful lyrical and melodic sense, and a unique vision.

Music has always been a part of Cindi’s life. As a child, she carried around a microphone the way other little girls carry around baby dolls; she recorded songs on her parents’ portable cassette player from an early age. Music was part of her family, too. Cindi was always surrounded by the music her family loved, and she cherishes the memories of her father and uncles playing guitar while her mother sang along.

The first music Cindi was exposed to were the country and bluegrass records her parents loved -- artists like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton, artists who turned their often difficult experiences into great songs. Her cousins turned her on to the seminal artists of pop, folk, and rock: The Carpenters, The Jackson 5, The Beatles, Bob Dylan. The exposure to consummate songwriters like Dylan, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, to accomplished vocalists like Karen Carpenter, and to peerless performers like Michael Jackson challenged and honed Cindi as an artist.

In high school, Cindi became interested in the burgeoning world of contemporary Christian music. Christian artists like Amy Grant, First Call, and The Winans encouraged her to interpret her faith through her songs. In adulthood, her musical tastes have come full circle, as Cindi has embraced modern bluegrass artists like Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek.

Cindi has written her thoughts, feelings, and dreams in journals as long as she’s been able to write. She has played piano since age eight, and she was involved in musical theatre in high school and college. All these factors led her to study music therapy, voice, and classical piano at Radford University and Averett University, both in Virginia and turned her into the songwriter and performer that she is today.

These days, Cindi performs regionally and is active in her church’s music program as well as her local community theater. In 2010, she was a finalist in two major songwriting competitions. Her song “Your First” was a Top Ten finalist in the 2010 CMT Listener’s Choice Award, while another song, “Watching You Go” made the finals of the 2010 John Lennon songwriting competition. She was nominated in the Female Artist category in the 2011 and 2012 Georgia Country Awards. She has also had several songs published in Nashville.

Cindi released her first full-length album, Sleepin’ with the Window Open, in 2010. Produced by her friend, the accomplished songwriter and producer John Johnson, the record features nine of eleven songs written or co-written by Cindi. The album is a culmination of the influences and life experiences Cindi has absorbed over the years.

Whether it’s the uptempo shimmer of “Your First,” the Norah Jones jazz vibe of the title track, the coffeehouse acoustic stylings of “Watching You Go,” the piano pop of “While I Wait for You” and “I Found Love,” the light country flavor of “180 Degrees,” or the expressions of faith in “Footprints on the Water,” Sleepin’ with the Window Open is a realization of the heart, talent, and artistry of Cindi Hall. Each listen offers a rich glimpse into the artist’s grace, the performer’s style, and the songwriter’s craft. And each listen an invitation to dig deeper.