Cidny Bullens Takes a Story of Change on the Road

by VVN Music

Cindy Bullens is one of those names that, in the back of your mind, you know but just can't place.

If you're one of the estimated 28 million people who bought the soundtrack to Grease back in 1978, you heard her three times singing It's Raining on Prom Night, Mooning (with Louis St. Louis) and Freddy, My Love.

...but that's not the whole story.

Prior to Grease, Bullens had sung with Gene Clark, Elton John, Rod Stewart and even Disco-Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes and, later, recorded seven solo albums and two with her group The Refugees even though she took a decade and a half off to raise a family. She was also twice nominated for Grammys, one for the Grease soundtrack and another in 1980 for Best Female Rock Singer for Survivor.

...but that's still not the whole story.

In 2011, Cindy made the decision to transition to life as a man, changing her name to Cidny, retiring once again until February of 2016 after completing the process.

To tell his story, Cidny put together a one-person show, Somewhere Between: Not an Ordinary Life which he debuted last year in Santa Fe, NM and started taking around the country. Nashville Scene magazine called it the Best One-Person Show of the year, saying "Once known to Nashville’s music community as Cindy Bullens — singer-songwriter, wife and mother — Bullens’ transformation into Cidny is a fascinating story that he told with grace and emotional power through a heartfelt original script and songs drawn from the well-respected Bullens catalog. This show was a startlingly original piece of theater."

The Tennessean added "Cidny Bullens Somewhere Between is beautifully crafted, full of courage, and offers a heart-felt and remarkably human story that you won’t want to miss."

Somewhere Between begins with Cindy’s arrival in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, taking us through her fateful meetings with Bob Crewe and Elton John — brushing ever so close to stardom — and covers her unlikely journey as a wife and mother, then as a bereaved parent, and finally as a grandparent. We learn throughout the story about Cindy’s private struggle with gender identity and how, finally, she decides to jump headlong into the fire of gender transition — to become Cidny, the person he always felt he was.

In March of 1996, Cindy lost her 11 year-old daughter Jessie to cancer. That tragedy inspired Cindy to write and record her widely acclaimed 1999 CD Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth, featuring appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Beth Neilson Chapman, Rodney Crowell, and a haunting duet with her elder daughter, Reid Crewe.

With that release, Cindy received worldwide attention from press, radio, and television, including NBC’s Today show, CBS This Morning, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, The New York Times, People magazine, Rolling Stone and many more. The CD also received the Best Rock Album award in 2000 by AFIM (Association for Independent Music).

Cindy’s 2001 album, Neverland, features Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and John Hiatt. Her 2005 release, dream #29, includes the rollicking piano playing of pal Sir Elton John on the title track, a duet with Delbert McClinton, and a vocal appearance by Boston Red Sox great Tim Wakefield. Howling Trains and Barking Dogs, from 2010, is a tribute to her Nashville co-writing days in the 1990s, compiling her best songs from that period.

In 2007 Cindy formed the upstart and uprising super-trio the Refugees with Wendy Waldman and Deborah Holland. Their first CD, Unbound, was released in 2009 and their second CD, THREE, in 2012. Their third album will be released in 2017.

Cidny has set dates across the country throughout the rest of the year:
  • 05/05 - 07 - Portland, ME - St. Lawrence Arts 
  • 06/09 - 10 - Santa Monica, CA - Highways Performance Space 
  • 09/10 - Melbourne, FL - Venue TBA
  • 10/06 - 07 - Ancorage, AK - Venue TBA
  • 11/09 - 11 - Austin, TX - The Vortex

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