Cynthia Layne

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Cynthia Layne
Born February 27, 1963
Dayton, Ohio
Died January 18, 2015
Genres Soul, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Pop, Hip-hop
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Years active 1990–2015
Labels Owl Studios
Associated acts Rob Dixon

Cynthia Layne (February 27, 1963 – January 18, 2015) was an American contemporary jazz vocalist. Layne described her music as "soothing to the soul...a mix of groove based R&B with strong jazz undertones."

She performed on stages around the world singing in a multitude of styles. Layne went beyond genre to find something of herself in any music. Cynthia got her start hanging out in clubs and sitting in with local bands. From there, she started singing with groups regularly, and quickly started getting shows of her own. She signed with Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios in 2006.[1]

Layne's affect was felt on her last release, titled Beautiful Soul. Writing songs was something Layne had recently started tackling. Layne has a large and growing fan base in Indianapolis, IN, and had worked closely with Rob Dixon, and Reggie Bishop.[1] She died of cancer at the age of 51 on January 18, 2015.[2]


Television appearances[edit]

WGN – November 5, 2009[3]


  • February 27, 2008: Video for the single, "We," won a Gold Ring for Cinematography – Black & White at the Ad Club Indianapolis 2008 Brass Ring Awards [4]


  1. ^ a b Biography.
  2. ^ "Vocalist Cynthia Layne remembered for talent, courage". January 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "WGN-TV". WGN-TV.
  4. ^ CHERYL HUGHEY PROMOTIONS,. "Neo-Soul Vocalist Cynthia Layne Takes the Nation by Storm with CD and Award-Winning Video". All About Jazz.
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