Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Lauper is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and activist popular for her hit songs like Time After Time, She Bop, and All Through the Night.
She released her debut album She’s So Unusual in 1983 with hit singles Girls Just Want to Have Fun. In 2012, she was ranked at #41 on Rolling Stones’ list of Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time. As of 2020, Cynthia is reportedly worth around $50 million.
Short Biography On Singer-Songwriter Cynthia Lauper
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born on 22nd June 1953 in New York City, the United States of America to Catrine Gallo and Fred Lauper. She is an American as per her nationality and has Mixed (Swiss-German, German, and Sicilian-Italian) ethnic descent.
Lauper grew up alongside her older sister Ellen and younger brother Fred. She went to Richmond Hill High School, however, she was expelled from the high school. She completed her high school diploma. She then enrolled at Johnson State College.
How Much Is Her Fortune?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Cynthia Lauper is estimated to own net worth at around $50 million as of May 2020. She amassed her multi-million dollar fortune from her successful career as a musician.
The average salary of an aspiring singer ranges from $28.15 per hour to $45,000 to $48,848 per year. Similarly, a songwriter can make $6,052 annually.
In a similar way, the average pay of an aspiring actor ranges from $48,000 to $67,000 per annum. However, the pay range varies from state to state in the United States.
Let Us Look Through Her Journey To Stardom
During the initial stage of her career, she performed as a vocalist with various cover bands. In 2978, she met John Turi via her manager Ted Rosenblatt. Together, they formed a band named Blue Angel and recorded a demo tape of original music.
Their tape reached Steve Massarsky who was the manager of The Allman Brother Band. He eventually liked Cynthia’s voice and bought Blue Angels’s contract for $5,000 and became their manager.
Blue Angel was later signed by Polydor Records and released a self-titled album in 1980. After the band broke up, Lauper worked in retail stores, waitressing at IHOP, and singing in local clubs due to her financial problems.
In 1981, she met David Wolf who quickly took over as her manager. She then sign a recording deal with Portrait Records, a subsidiary of Epic Records.
On 14th October 1983, she released her debut solo album titles She’s So Unusual. The album includes hit singles like Girls Just Want To Have Fun, All Through the Night, When You Were Mine, and the album peaked at no.4 in the US.
She released her album’s single, Time After Time, on 27th January 1984 with Epic Records. The song debuted at no. on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts.
Altogether, Cynthia has released 11 studio albums. Here is a list of her albums and their record sales earnings:
|1983||She’s So Unusual||$16 million|
|1986||True Colors||$7 million|
|1989||A Night to Remember||$965,000|
|1993||Hat Full of Stars||$270,000|
|1994||Twelve Deadly Cyns.. and Then Some||$6 million|
|1996||Sisters of Avalon||$156,000|
|1998||Merry Christmas… Have a Nice Life||$26,000|
|2000||Time After Time: The Best of Cyndi Lauper||$60,000|
|2008||Bring Ya to the Brink||$33,000|
|2009||Floor Remixes (compilation album)||$1,347,000|
She released her eleventh studio album titled Detour on 6th May 2016. The album has hit singles like Hard Candy Christmas and Funnel of Love.
Besides this, she is also popular for her acting credits in films and TV shows like The Threepenny Opera, The Wall-Live in Berlin, Bones, Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual, Life with Mikey, Here and There, Off and Running, and Henry & Me.
Charitable and Philanthropic Work
The 67-year-old singer-actress is also involved in several philanthropic works. She created the True Colors Tour that benefits the Human Rights Campaign and several other organizations. She also supports the LGBT community.
Some of the other charities and foundations she supports are:
- AIDS LIFE
- American Foundation for AIDS Research
- Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
- Los Angeles LGBT Center
- Tibet House
- True Colors Fund
- World Vision
- North Shore Animal League America
- God’s Love We Deliver
Who Is She Married To?
True Colors singer is married to actor David Thornton whom she met during the set of Off and Running in 1991. They fell in love shortly and married on 24th November 1991.
Together they share a son named Declyn Wallace Thornton born on 19th November 1997.
Prior to her marriage with David, she was in a relationship with her previous manager Dave Wolf. They reportedly dated for about six and a half years.