Same Red Hair
Cindy began her career in Atlanta at the early age of 14. She played the guitar and sang at every opportunity. But it was a chance meeting in Nashville with Shelby Singleton, owner of Sun Records, that she began to realize how much she loved entertaining. Her father had written her a song and together they went to Nashville to knock on doors. They saw Shelby Singleton's name on the side of a publishing house and thought, "Why Not?" It was a coincidence that Singleton was Cindy's maiden name. Mr. Singleton asked her to sing a song; he liked it, bought it, then called Ralph Emery and booked her on the Morning Show the next day. It was her first experience with Nashville talent. No rehearsals, no music and no one made a mistake. From there she went to a studio and cut a few songs to take home with her. She was hooked! Back to Atlanta, back to high school and back to fine tune her act. She sang in her school choir, church choir, and charity benefits, private parties and wherever she could find a stage. It was while performing in a neighborhood coffee house that she met Marc Stowe, who would become her closest friend, guitar player and producer. He was also a young high school student who was the booking agent for the club. Before long, they were performing together in and around Atlanta. Mary Sue Taylor, former president of the musicians union, joined them on piano and together they played at venues such as Piedmont Park, corporate events and then into Studio One with Rodney Mills. Life went on and they went to different parts of the country to attend college. They lost track of each other at that time....Cindy finished school and through the course of several moves ended up in Arizona. It was there she met and married the love of her life, Ed Standage. They had 4 children and she became a devoted mother. She limited her singing to her church and rocking her children to sleep. Her passion became her family. Years went by and her husband, Ed, continued to brag to anyone who would listen about what Cindy "used" to do. Being the businessman that he is, he contacted a friend who owns the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Without her knowing, he made arrangements for her to send a demo to Randy Travis in hopes of opening his show when he came to town. The only problem was, she didn't have a demo or a band and hadn't performed live in over 20 years! "No problem, you can do it" he told her. So she put together a small band, cut a three song demo with the help of Rich Hazelwood, the owner of the Celebrity Theatre, who sent it to Randy Travis. Two days later the show was booked and Cindy began rehearsing the new act. The show went well and Cindy was hooked again. Not only was she hooked, but her husband and family loved it too. They each helped her in any way they could. They moved equipment, brought lunch and/or dinner for the band at all hours of the day and night, rehearsed lyrics with her... whatever it took, they did it. And they still do. Then she got the opportunity to open for Merle Haggard!! What a great show that was!! She didn't have much notice for this and she practiced until her fingers were completely blistered over. She wrapped black duct tape around each finger and the show went off without anyone ever knowing. (Unless you look close at the pictures!) Country Thunder Arizona was next and the act jumped to a different level. The stage was huge and the set was long. What an opportunity this was. People kept asking her how they could buy a CD. She didn't have one! It was time to go back to Nashville....what studio would she use? How would she find the right musicians? It was at this stage of the game that Classmates.com popped up on her computer saying that Marc Stowe was trying to locate her!!!! What!!!! She immediately called him and found out that he was still in the music business. He had a solo album with Sony Records, had toured extensively with his band, Face of Concern, and was an independent producer. It was meant to be.... Cindy went back to Nashville!!! They picked up where they left off. She cut a three song demo with Marc playing all the instruments and engineering it and then back to Atlanta for a reunion with Rodney Mills to have it mastered at his "Masterhouse". Marc then played it for some of his friends at Sony. They liked it! Adam Engelhardt, one of the top engineers in the Sony Studios, began working his magic. He brought the best musicians to the studio and with Cindy and Marc the CD "Same Red Hair" was born. It will be available early April 2007 just in time for this year's Country Thunder. Her story has come full circle. Marc Stowe is back, her father, Max Singleton, has a song on the CD and she has recently rekindled her friendship with Shelby Singleton.