A pop singer with crisp, jazz-inflected delivery, CYN found an early mentor in Katy Perry before emerging with her debut EP CYN in 2014. After signing to Perry's Unsub Records in 2017, she had a string of off-kilter singles that quickly reached seven-figure streams, including 2017's "Only with You" and the tender "I'll Still Have Me" from 2018.
CYN, aka Cynthia Nabozny, grew up near Detroit. She spent her teenage years listening to classic vocalists like Frank Sinatra and Doris Day with her grandmother, meanwhile entering talent competitions and uploading covers on social media. A motivational boost arrived with the opportunity to meet Katy Perry on Perry's California Dreams Tour in 2011, and she continued to write and sing while earning a degree at Chicago's DePaul University. Over the years, CYN collaborated with producers including Felix Snow, Sorrow, and Galimatias, and she collected five songs featuring her vocals on an eponymous 2014 EP. Her own stand-alone single, "Something," followed in 2015 and proved to be a minor streaming breakthrough.
In 2017, CYN became the first signee to Perry's Unsub Records label and released the single "Together," which featured production by OMEGA. While continuing to issue periodic singles, she opened shows for BØRNS and Sigrid, and CYN made her festival debut at Bonnaroo in mid-2018. That September saw the release of her single "I'll Still Have Me," which garnered millions of online plays by the end of the year. September 2018 also saw the release of the animated family film Smallfoot, featuring her song "Moment of Truth." Singles including "Holy Roller" followed in 2019. ~ Marcy Donelson & Heather Phares