Lauper grew up in Queens , New York. An indifferent student, she eventually dropped out of high school , and for the next several years, she worked at a number of assorted jobs and sang popular songs in nightclubs. After she suffered an injury to her vocal chords in , she began to study under a vocal coach. That same year she and fellow musician John Turi formed the rockabilly band Blue Angel, and for the first time, Lauper publicly performed songs that she had had a hand in writing. Commercial success eluded them, however, and in Blue Angel was dissolved. Although subsequent albums, including True Colors and Hat Full of Stars , failed to ignite the charts, Lauper remained an enduring pop icon and appeared regularly on television variety programs and talk shows. She also took guest roles on television, notably on several episodes of the s sitcom Mad About You —which garnered her an Emmy in —and in episodes —13 of the crime show Bones. In Lauper wrote the score for the Broadway play Kinky Boots , which was based on a British movie of the same name. The play, which featured a book by Harvey Fierstein , was a huge success, and Lauper won a Tony Award for best original score, becoming the first solo woman to win the prize. The play won five other Tonys, including the award for best musical.
Who Is Cyndi Lauper?
Cyndi Lauper burst onto the charts with her debut album, She's So Unusual Her earliest childhood days were spent in Brooklyn, but when she was about four years old, the family moved to Ozone Park, Queens, where she lived in a railroad-style apartment through her teenage years. Growing up, Lauper felt like an outcast. Her parents divorced when she was five. Lauper and her two siblings were raised by her mother, who worked as a waitress to support the family — and who loved the arts and frequently took her children to Manhattan to see Shakespeare plays or visit art museums. Lauper did not do particularly well in school, and was reportedly kicked out of several parochial schools in her youth. Despite her hard times, she discovered a love of singing and music at an early age, and was writing her own songs by the age of After eventually getting a high school equivalency degree, Lauper worked a number of odd jobs before her music career took off. She waitressed, served as an office assistant, and even sang in a Japanese restaurant for a time. During this time, Lauper also played in a number of bands.
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper born June 22,  is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors This album included the number one single " True Colors " and " Change of Heart ", which peaked at number three. Since , Lauper has released eleven studio albums and participated in many other projects. In , Memphis Blues became Billboard ' s most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In , Lauper won the Tony Award for best original score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots , making her the first woman to win the category by herself. Lauper has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Lauper is known for her distinctive image, featuring a variety of hair colors and eccentric clothing,  and for her powerful and distinctive four-octave singing range. Lauper has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in when she was invited as a special guest to attend U.