Cynthia Johnson is best known as lead singer of the group Lipps Inc. who’s smash hit was Funkytown. Johnson is also a songwriter, saxophonist, producer and actress, whose international career took off with there 1st hit Funkytown. Her unmistakable vocal talent has brought her widespread recognition across the globe and has been featured in many successfull movies, TV shows and advertising campaigns of large multinational companies.
Johnson was born into a musical family in Saint Paul, Minnesota, her father being a saxophone player and her mother a choir director. No wonder Johnson began singing as a child at her family church and started playing the saxophone in fourth grade.
While attending Jr. High School, Johnson formed a band with her sisters and sang at a variety of clubs and events. In 1972, while singing at a funeral one afternoon, Johnson was approached to join the popular Minneapolis band “Flyte
Tyme" as their lead singer. Johnson remained the lead vocalist and saxophone player of the group for seven years and also wrote several of the group´s songs. Flyte Tyme´s talented cast of musicians included Terry Lewis on bass (multi Grammy winner), Jellybean Johnson on drums (winner of over 20 music awards), Tony Johnson on guitar, Monte Moir on keyboards, David Eiland on saxophone, Tom Lund on guitar and Joei Karriem on guitar.
Johnson later graduated from High School and eventually used both her vocal and saxophone skills to win the 1976 Miss Black Minnesota USA pageant title. Johnson attended the University of Minnesota in Morris, where she sang in the choir and performed with numerous other bands.
The song sold over 35 million copies worldwide and continues to be a worldwide favorite.
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