About Cindy

Singer and songwriter Cindy Stratton writes music that could be described as contemporary acoustic with powerful and haunting melodies. The songs are compelling and reflective stories of life and love. She has an enormous vocal range and a great feel for harmony.

Having moved to Bristol as a teenager in the eighties, Cindy soon became involved in the local music scene. As a soloist she began touring folk clubs and live music venues gradually writing and performing more and more of her own material and by the turn of the decade had built a solid reputation as 'one of the best singer/songwriters to emerge from the West Country' (Venue magazine).

Alongside solo performances Cindy’s early experiences included a role in the late, great Vivian Stanshall’s comic opera “Stinkfoot”, singing with the a capella group “Mr Spratt’s Popular Motets” and fronting various local rock and pop bands.

In the nineties, her credits included a performance alongside Phil Collins at the Theatre Royal, Drury lane, then reaching the finals of a BBC Radio One song writing competition (out of a field of over four-and-a-half thousand hopefuls). A live session for Radio One followed. (Nicky Campbell Show)

Cindy was a founder member of the fabulous Bristol-based all-female a capella group “The Sweet Soul Sisters”, and around this time joined forces with the bassist Marius Frank, beginning a musical partnership that continues to this day. She has shared the bill with Jools Holland, Richard Thompson and the late John Martyn amongst others, and has appeared on HTV and Sky TV as well as performing at many prestigious music festivals such as Glastonbury, Cambridge and Trowbridge.

Her first CD 'Only You' was produced to critical acclaim in 1994. Q magazine mentioned 'sparkling moments of melody', and Time Out magazine said 'Stratton is a force to be reckoned with'. This CD comprised a mixture of new and previously recorded material, a “best of” release spanning the previous five years.

Cindy devoted the next few years to her growing children, but nevertheless continued to write and perform. Her passionate interest in singing led her to train classically and Cindy completed a B.A. Honours degree in music at Bath Spa University in 2002. During that time she appeared in the European premier of Robert Moran's opera 'Desert of Roses'.

Cindy’s second CD 'Missing Pieces' was launched in Bath at the Rondo Theatre in April 2004.’The songs are still of the very highest quality and that glorious smoky, sensual voice is as good as ever…This part of the country is particularly well served by female singer songwriters, but ‘Missing Pieces’ proves that Cindy Stratton is still up there among the very best’. Venue magazine. ‘This album is 12 lovingly produced examples of Cindy’s exceptional song writing conveyed by her airy and exquisitely controlled voice’. Bath Chronicle.

In July 2010, Cindy launched a new collection of songs, ‘Portraits of Life and Love’ 'if anything, this album proves that a good songwriter only gets better with age, and Cindy has matured into a brilliant one' (Venue Magazine)

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Reviews and Quotes

"A singer and songwriter who has been part of the local music scene for many years, Cindy was pursued by several major record companies during the late 80's,...a beautiful smoke laced voice and some great songs place her head and shoulders above many of her younger compatriots, as shown on her excellent album 'Portraits of life and love'".
Venue 2010

"exceptional song writing conveyed by her airy and exquisitely controlled voice"
Bath Chronicle

"Stratton is a force to be reckoned with - a sensitive and accomplished artiste, her songs are self-contained examinations of life and love..."
Time Out

"Cindy sings with power, assurance and a voice that can both cut and melt..."
Bristol Evening Post

"the purity and stark beauty of her songs totally destroy you. Watch out!..."
Detour

"The songs are still of the very highest quality and that glorious smoky, sensual voice is as good as ever…This part of the country is particularly well served by female singer songwriters, but ‘Missing Pieces’ proves that Cindy Stratton is still up there among the very best."
Venue magazine.

"This album (‘Missing Pieces’) is 12 lovingly produced examples of Cindy’s exceptional song writing conveyed by her airy and exquisitely controlled voice".
Bath Chronicle

"Cindy Stratton has become one of the leading forces on the contemporary acoustic music scene, with her vital blend of brilliant self-penned material and a voice that can both cut and melt.
Cindy’s repertoire continues to grow as does her list of credits: from BBC Radio 1 sessions to performance on network television, gigs ranging from international folk festivals to some of the most prestigious live venues here and abroad.
However, Cindy keeps in close touch with her performing roots, and her appearances in small, intimate clubs and pubs remain an unmissable experience.
As Cindy’s last CD demonstrated, she is cast firmly in the reflective singer/songwriter mould, and is as good as just about any of them"
Comment from 'The Prom Wine Bar' website