INSEGNARE È CREARE
Cynthia Scott is a jazz vocalist known for her work as one of Ray Charles’s Grammy winning “Raelettes” and for her subsequent solo career. She was named Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in 2004 and was Wynton Marsalis’s choice for the first person to give a concert in the Lincoln Center’s Rose Room. She was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2016.
Cynthia was the tenth of twelve children—six boys and six girls. She began singing at age four in her father’s church but exposed her ear to secular music by sneaking over to her older sister’s house, where she enjoyed, as she said, “a different set of rules.” As a teenager, she joined a band called the Funny Company featuring the Sisters of Soul, a girl-group modeled after the Supremes, and performed locally for proms and homecoming celebrations. A month after graduation, Scott secretly entered the annual Miss El Dorado pageant, which was then exclusively for white contestants. She won second runner-up and became the first woman of color to place in a white pageant.
THE SINEWY GRIT OF GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE SOPHISTICATED SASS OF SHIRLEY HORN
CYNTHIA IS A MASTER AT LIGHTING UP A STAGE. STYLE, SOPHISTICATION AND SPUNK. SHE'S GOT IT ALL!
-DAVID "FATHEAD" NEWMAN
IN A RICH, SOULFUL VOICE, SHE SINGS MESSAGES OF HOPE AND COMPASSION