California girl leaves her native state for Nashville in ’96 after a brief stint at being an actress in LA. In her 20’s she taught bilingual second grade in Santa Cruz and Santa Monica as well as high school Spanish … After 7 years teaching school she was ready to chase her dream.
At age 34 with no more than a car load of stuff, Cindy moved to Nashville to concentrate solely on writing and singing. Within a year she came out with her debut CD, Let Me Out Here. The title track won first place in the 2003 International Songwriting contest and was featured in the HBO comedy BIG LOVE in 2006. In 2002, she co-produced Witness, with grammy award winner, Jon Randal. The title track won first place at the prestigious Chris Austin songwriter’s contest at MerleFest in 2002.
In 2009 Cindy and her family moved back to California. In that same year Cindy released I’m Not Leaving, which was nominated Americana song of the year and CD of the year by the Los Angeles Music Awards … In 2010 Cindy won best song in the West Coast Songwriting Association for Alabama Bliss.
Cindy Kalmenson on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S15.E10 – November 29, 2020