I remember watching Spike Lee’s classic “MO BETTER BLUES” and being pulled in not just by the movie but its lush Jazz soundtrack.
A big reason that soundtrack is still on my playlist today was the song “Harlem Blues” sung masterfully by one of the stars of the movie Cynda Williams.
Cynda began a professional life of acting and singing after relocating to New York from her native Chicago. Her debut in MO’ BETTER BLUES was a critical and commercial success. Blessed with a role that also required singing, “Harlem Blues” went #1 on the R&B charts. That film opened the door to her next performance in Carl Franklin’s ONE FALSE MOVE – the true icebreaker for Cynda’s career. This break out independent film appeared on many Best Film lists and Cynda was nominated for the coveted Spirit Award.
Cynda has since appeared in numerous films including: Stewart Wade’s TRU LOVED, John Nolte’s BEAUTIFUL LOSER, Salvador Litvak’s WHEN DO WE EAT, Billy Wirth’s MACARTHUR PARK, P.J. Castellante’s RELAX…IT’S JUST SEX, Darin Scott’s CAUGHT UP and Wesley Strick’s THE TIE THAT BINDS. She has also performed memorable quality television roles including: BET’s HIDDEN BLESSINGS, LIFETIME’S THE COURAGE TO LOVE, HBO’s DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, Oprah Winfrey’s ABC miniseries, THE WEDDING and PBS’ TALES OF THE CITY.
Cynda also sings and acts on stage. She most recently appeared in THE TALENTED TENTH, LANGSTON IS MY MAN, HOPE RUNS ETERNAL, TWILIGHT IN LOS ANGELES, 1992 and WHERE’S PAPA RAY’S MONEY?.
Writing screenplays, musicals and plays have also been a part of Cynda’s creative endeavors. She is looking to bring that area of her career to life in the near future
Cynda presently resides in Chicago with her producer husband Roderick Plummer and Sophia Gabrielle, their daughter. Cynda continues to sing and accept quality roles in film, television and theatre.
Cynda will be the special guest host at the kick off of the Late Night Music Series this Saturday May 2nd at Ai Restaurant and Sushi Lounge 358 West Ontario. The event starts at 11:00