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Cyndi Lauper has achieved pop icon status, thanks to such career-making hits as “Time After Time,” “She Bop” and “Change of Heart?all of which she had a hand in—not to mention her Tony-winning turn scoring the 2013 Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Along the way she has collaborated with the songwriting likes of Essra Mohawk, Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly, Billy Joel, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allee Willis, Nicky Holland, Hugh Masekela, Wyclef Jean, Jeff Beck, Junior Vasquex, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nellie McKay and Max Martin, while taking on serious topical issues including racism, homophobia, spousal abuse and AIDS.

Born June 22, 1953 in Queens, New York, Cynthia Ann Stephanie “Cyndi” Lauper grew up in Ozone Park listening to artists like The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Billie Holiday, and began writing her own songs and playing acoustic guitar at age 12. She stood out visually early on through her wardrobe and changing hair color, even changing the spelling of “Cindy;” she dropped out of a visual arts-oriented public high school for students, and left home at 17 because of an abusive stepfather.

Lauper sang in cover bands in the early ‘70s, and in 1978 formed the band Blue Angel, which released an acclaimed self-titled album in 1980. Gaining recognition for her four-octave range and unique singing style, she signed a solo contract with Epic Records’ Portrait label and in 1983 released the appropriately titled She’s So Unusual, which became the first debut female album to have four Top 5 singles, including her co-written “Time After Time?the Grammy Song of the Year—and “She Bop,” as well as her signature hit “Girls Just…

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