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One of the most instantly recognizable artists in the history of the recording industry, Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning music icon with global record sales in excess of 50 million albums.
Lauper burst into the public consciousness in 1983 with the release of her debut album, She’s So Unusual, featuring the enduring singles “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “All Through the Night,” “Money Changes Everything,” and “When You Were Mine.” Its wild international success made Lauper a household name and cultural icon, as well as the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. She went on to win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums, covering a seemingly endless range of genres, including rock, new wave, pop, reggae, punk, country, standards, and more. Over the course of her now-legendary music career, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. In 2015, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In 2006, she made her acclaimed stage debut on Broadway as Jenny in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award nominated revival of The Threepenny Opera. She returned to Broadway in 2013 – this time as the composer and lyricist of the smash hit musical adaptation of the British film Kinky Boots. Kinky Boots went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. It was the first time in theater history that a solo female composer took home the coveted prize for Score. Kinky Boots’s Original Broadway Cast Recording also won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album — Lauper’s second Grammy win exactly 30 years after her first. Now in its sixth year on Broadway, Kinky Boots has been seen by more than five million people around the world, playing to sold-out crowds in seven countries across four continents. It is currently listed at #32 on the list of the 100 longest-running Broadway productions of all time. Her work on Broadway continues, having contributed a song to the score of the new hit musical Spongebob Squarepants. She is currently writing the score for the Broadway adaptation of the 1988 feature film Working Girl.
In 2012, she added “New York Times best-selling author” to her list of credits with the release of her Simon & Schuster-published autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Later this year, she will add yet another: designer. Her first-ever Home Decor Collection, which she is currently designing with Grandin Road, is set to launch this October.
In addition to her myriad artistic contributions, Lauper — an unwavering advocate for equality throughout her entire life — has also devoted considerable energies to philanthropic endeavors. This year marks the 10 Year Anniversary of True Colors United, which she co-founded in 2008. The organization works to prevent and end youth homelessness, particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who make up to 40% of all youth experiencing homelessness, through a wide array of advocacy, training & education, and youth collaboration programs.
35 years after she first exploded onto the music scene, heralding the arrival of one of the most significant and singular forces in contemporary popular culture, Lauper continues to find new outlets for her talent, creative energy, and commitment to social justice.