On her ninth studio album, Cindy Alexander reflects back on the days when musicians went into the studio and recorded albums live, with vocals and instruments performed simultaneously in one room, with no click track. “It’s definitely “old school” and hardly ever done these days, basically because it’s not easy!” says Cindy, “the artist literally has “Nowhere to Hide.”
Kirk Pasich, founder and President of Blue Élan Records, always envisioned capturing the raw, emotional connection of Cindy Alexander’s live acoustic performances, the sole focus being on the artist, her songs, free of any slick production and digital trickery. Nowhere to Hide is the inspiring result. The album was recorded live with single takes featuring Cindy’s vocals, select harmonies, a grand piano, acoustic guitars and dobro. Kirk set the stage allowing the musicians to perform without restraints. The result is a collection of music that is honest with all its beautiful imperfections.
Most of the songs on Nowhere to Hide were chosen by Pasich from Cindy’s previously released albums (dating back to 1999). Other songs were selected by Cindy’s fans, whom she credits as responsible for her career, asking them to choose their favorites via social media.
Nowhere to Hide also includes two new tunes, “Passenger” and “The Song Will Always Find You,” written by Cindy specifically for this record. In addition, Cindy may gain new fans with her stirring nostalgic covers of the Bread/David Gate’s classic “Everything I Own” and “Book of Love,” originally recorded by Peter Gabriel.
Several of Cindy’s originals stand out quite clearly, such as “Soul Quake,” from the 2012 release Every Rise and Fall. “I wrote this song for my twin daughters when they were still in the womb” she said. “When I found out I was having twin girls, my first thought was: what if they fall in love with the same guy and break each other’s hearts? Over the years, ‘Soul Quake’ has come to have many meanings - it represents anything that shatters us in the moment, but forces us to emerge stronger and more enlightened because of it.” This particular version of “Soul Quake” is a duet with her friend and label mate, Grammy nominated Janiva Magness.
“Wonderful,” a fan favorite, was written with Dave Darling. This song is “an empowering anthem and tongue and cheek look at the self-esteem issues of many artists, including myself. I realize I have issues…” Her self-deprecating sense of humor and lyrical wit has always resonated with her fans.
Cindy has garnered a multitude of awards including David Foster's/NBC Star Tomorrow, L.A. Music Awards Songwriter of the Year/ Independent Pop Album of the Year/ Producer’s Honors - Best of Last 25 Years Female Singer-Songwriters, All Access Magazine's Best Female Pop Vocalist, and many more. Cindy has shared the stage with John Hiatt, Bacon Brothers, America, Suzanne Vega, Joan Osborn, Rick Springfield, Beth Hart, Everclear, The Bangles, Edwin McCain, Marc Cohn, etc. and has appeared on compilation cd's alongside Sarah McLachlan (Chilled Sirens- Water Music Records), Aimee Mann (Eclectic Cafe - Water Music Records) and Norah Jones (Sunday Brunch - Treadstone Records). She has also appeared on soundtracks such as Sugar & Spice (Trauma Records), and has been featured in films like Here on Earth, Smokers, and Sugar & Spice. Cindy also made her mark on TV in shows like Party of 5, Chasing Farrah, and So You Think You Can Dance.
Track listing for Nowhere To Hide:
- I See Stars
7. Soul Quake
8. The Song Will Always Find You
- 4 Hours 9. Idiot Child
- Heels Over Head
10. Book of Love
- Something to Look Back On 11. Wonderful
- Everything I Own
Cindy Alexander – On the Road:
October 12 Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 3 New York, NY
October 13 Steel City
October 14 House Concert
October 25 Hotel Café
October 28 The Casa San Diego, CA
November 2 Opening Bell
November 3 House Concert
November 4 House Concert
November 10 Carruth Cellars