Cyndi Almouzni

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Cyndi Almouzni
(also known as
Cherie / Cyndi)
Birth name Cyndi Almouzni
Also known as Cherie (in USA, 2003-2004)
Cyndi (2007 onwards, UK / Europe)
Cindy Alma
Born (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 30)[1]
Origin Marseille, France
Genres Pop, Dance
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Lava Records (as Cherie)

Cyndi Almouzni (born 10 October 1984), best known at the beginning of her music career in the United States as Cherie[2] is a French pop and dance music singer coming from Marseille Her 2004 hit "I'm Ready" hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Later on she performed professionally with her real name Cyndi Almouzni and under her mononym Cyndi most notably when she took part in the competition for UK entry to Eurovision Song Contest with "I'll Leave My Heart" coming second to the eventual entry "Flying the Flag (For You)" from Scooch.

Career[edit]

When she was 14, Cyndi won a local talent contest and entered the national televised contest finals held in Paris. This was the start of her professional singing career. She has performed in many countries, including France, the UK and the US. She signed a worldwide recording contract in the US while continuing her studies.

As Cherie[edit]

Steve Allen, A&R at Sony BMG first discovered Cyndi after hearing her powerful vocals on a dance track recorded when she was just 14 years old. Allen was behind two previous Eurovision entries, Gina G with "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" and the 1997 UK winning Eurovision entry in Dublin with "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina and the Waves.

In 2003, "Betcha Never" (that later appeared in the album Cherie) was actually used in soundtrack of the 2003 film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. In 2004, Cyndi while signed to Lava Records under the artistic name Cherie, she released a self-titled album she named Cherie which featured the lead-off single "I'm Ready" released in summer of 2004. The song sampled the bassline from Foreigner's "Urgent" and made decent headway on the US charts reaching #1 on Hot Dance Club Songs in addition to #33 on US Pop Songs chart and cracked the Billboard Hot 100 at #99.

The follow-up single from the same album Cherie titled "Older Than My Years" was released in September 2004 and charted at Adult Contemporary chart. After these three hits, and aside from one holiday track that was sent to radio ("Merry Christmas Darling") Cherie seemingly disappeared altogether.

As Cyndi Almouzni / Cyndi[edit]

Cyndi waiting for the results on Eurovison: Making Your Mind Up along with Scooch

Cherie resurfaced in the 2007 BBC selection for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. but interestingly, no mention was made of "Cherie" again as Cyndi reverted to her family name.

On 17 March 2007 Cyndi Almouzni competed in the BBC's Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up contest to decide who would represent the United Kingdom at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland. She sang the song "I'll Leave My Heart", which had been produced by renowned Grammy award winning producer Brian Rawling.

Terry Wogan announced the winner to be Cyndi while, simultaneously, co-host Fearne Cotton revealed the winner to be Scooch. After several seconds of confusion from both contestants, it was revealed that Scooch were the true winners. It was later revealed by the BBC that Cyndi had received 47% of the vote to Scooch's 53%.[3]

Her song was entered into the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2007 competition, and came second.

Cyndi was known to be working on album material which was due for release in 2009.

She made a comeback in 2012 when in Groovenut EP release. The Ep and the dance hit is "Lose Control" featuring Cyndi (as a mononym).

Discography[edit]

As Cherie[edit]

Albums
Singles
  • 2003: "Betcha Never"
  • 2004: "I'm Ready"
  • 2004: "Older Than My Years"

As Cyndi[edit]

Singles
Featured in
  • 2012: "Lose Control" (Groovenut feat. Cyndi)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Today in History – 10 Oct.
  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "Biography: Cherie". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gaffe mars Scooch Eurovision win". BBC News. 18 March 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2007. 

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