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The Collection

by Cynthia Basinet

Smoooooooooooooth... lush, gorgeously pretty voice, and the record is a must-buy simply for that alone.
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1. Just
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2. Someone To Watch Over Me
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3. Santa Baby
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4. Haunted Heart
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5. Water's Edge
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6. Eventuallly
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7. Tea For Two
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8. Yellow Taxi
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9. God
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10. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
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Album Notes
Latest News: Basinet's Santa Baby Heats Up NCIS Los Angeles Holiday Episode (12.18)(

Now available... Cynthia full length. In order of recording... just another Hollywood story.

Latest debut jazz CD, "The Standard". (11 tracks, including "Santa Baby".)

Latest interview:

"Cynthia Basinet: Ten years of being Santa's Baby"

"For Cynthia Basinet, her voice itself is an instrument. In terms of emotional power, it's a lethal weapon. Sensual, emotionally damaged and world-weary, Basinet's vocals have the makings of a film noir femme fatale...'

(Includes the #1 hit, "Santa Baby". Lyrics to "Santa Baby" not included.)

For more on the actress.recording artist visit her official site, click on left.

Note: Sorry, IT'S NOT MARILYN singing "Santa Baby".*** She never recorded the song, nor was it Cynthia's intent. Pass it on. ***

Happy listening!

From the bio-

Blessed with striking natural beauty, sparkling versatility as an entertainer and flawless golden talent, Cynthia "C" Basinet was born in Van Nuys, California. A resilient star, today Basinet shines as a rare inspirational gem of entertainment, combining her experience as an actor, performer, a sought after American fashion model in Europe during the rise of the supermodel, as well as being recognized as a remarkable humanitarian.

With crowning distinctions as a classically trained musician (she learnt the saxophone and flute as a child), Cynthia is one of the best jazz singers in the world today and is capable of conjuring up Hollywood's golden era of glamour from American history with her critically acclaimed performances and sultry jazz recordings. Her exquisite, speak-easy singing style smoldering with elegant mastery has ensconced Basinet as a cultural living treasure of the American jazz canon.

However in her twenties the world of fashion called and Basinet began a successful modeling career in San Francisco that led her to be based in Paris modeling for five years. Here she studied French cinematography and learnt French fluently while being shot by some of the world's leading photographers for Europe's elite fashionistas in Paris, London and Milan.

Her sparkling wit, brains and beauty not only captured the fashion world's camera lens, but also the eyes of some of Hollywood's leading men including Jack Nicholson whom Basinet was partnered with for several years. The beautiful, leggy, comedic redhead eventually returned to Los Angeles where she appeared in music videos for the likes of Roy Orbison and the Babys. In LA, the talented Basinet transitioned into acting appearing in movies, TV shows and national commercials.

As a star, she has also been referenced to date in over fifteen books.

An astute businesswoman, Cynthia has always recognized and embraced the liberating power of new technologies to reach new audiences in entertainment.

As a recording artist, Basinet established an entirely new channel of distribution for her music, using the Internet to bypass the usual Hollywood and recording industry path to bring her releases directly to listeners around the World. The innovatively strategic move in music distribution, garnered Cynthia Basinet worldwide radio play and millions of downloads where she created an entertainment phenomenon with her rendition of "Santa Baby" (also in the film, "Party Monster"). Ironically, the global radio airplay of Basinet's sultry rendition of the song was accredited to screen legend, Marilyn Monroe, who never recorded the song. Cynthia Basinet's "Santa Baby" remains an essential and iconic Christmas jazz classic each year.

As a multi-tasking single parent (of a son, Jon), Basinet's awareness of social issues that affect people, families and individuals universally, led her to use her music and increasing platform to raise awareness for multitudes of others in the world, including a trip in May/June of '01 to refugee camps in the Western Sahara. Here she used her profile and her gift of music to raise awareness and inspire hope for those in need.

As an outstanding icon of humanitarianism, Basinet appeared in the book, "1000 PeaceWomen Across The Globe," after being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Award in '05.

In 2006, Basinet released her first full length CD, "The Collection". As diverse as she is.

In 2007, Basinet has released a 10th Anniversary version of her classic, "Santa Baby" and an exquisite new album called, "Uncovered" featuring new tracks of some of America's greatest standards. It is Basinet at her classy and sultry best. Cynthia Basinet continues acting, recording, performing and inspiring others worldwide with her beauty, sparkling array of talents and her golden voice while residing in Los Angeles, CA.



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i love your music.
i love your music.

Michael Sutton/

Basinet's vocals have the makings of a film noir femme fatale
For Cynthia Basinet, her voice itself is an instrument; in terms of emotional power, it's a lethal weapon. Sensual, emotionally damaged and world-weary, Basinet's vocals have the makings of a film noir femme fatale... Her version of the oft-covered “Someone To Watch Over Me” has undeniable charm; her voice truly soars, dripping with sultry yearning.


One of the most bluesy torch voices...
Ms. Basinet has one of the most bluesy torch voices I have ever heard. Her version of Tea for Two is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs.


She Sings With Beauty Like The Night
Cynthia Basinet's rendition of "Haunted Heart" and "Someone To Watch Over Me" is the pure magic of a haunting voice from a lovely lady. May you forever find comfort and fulfillment among friends and lovers of great art.
Gene from WolfFair


An oasis of luxurious vocal beauty, magnetizing sensuality and warmth.
Cynthia Basinet is a phenomenon, a mesmerizing woman with an infinity of talents, visions and intriguing entrepreneurial activities. Unquestionably, Cynthia's voice is one of the most striking and sparkling voices in the world of American Standards. It is an oasis of luxurious vocal beauty, magnetizing sensuality and warmth. This singer is the real thing!

Anna Maria Stjärnell -

Basinet's an actress and as evidenced by this record a terrific singer...
Cynthia Basinet’s an actress and as evidenced by this record a terrific singer as well.

Her collection is very varied in nature and takes in several styles; opener “Just” is a blue aching ballad with heavy reverb.

Jazz standard ”Someone to Watch Over Me” follows that and is beautifully sung.

The seasonal “Santa Baby” is sung sexily and has been mistaken for a recording by Marilyn Monroe. She never sang the song back then, that was Eartha Kitt. The less we say of Madonna’s miserable version the better it is. Here ms. Basinet gives it her all alongside a nice little male backing part.

“Water’s Edge” is coolly sung torch, style that she excels at.

“Yellow Taxi” (no, not the Joni song) is a neat little dance number.

Basinet’s album is very diverse but it all holds together thanks to her vocal talent.


Basinet has a powerhouse of a voice
Basinet has a powerhouse of a voice; she can be seductive when she wants to be and effectively woeful if the lyrics call for it... her singing will knock your socks off.

Whisperin & Hollerin UK

The record is a must-buy...
"Basinet has [such] a lush, gorgeously pretty voice... the record is a must-buy simply for that alone."

Grange "Lady Haig" Rutan

The Collection
Songwriters such as Harold Arlen, Arthur Schwart and Vincent Youmans, to name but a few from the Great American Song Book, have written songs of such lasting quality and are as timeless and as well known as any ever written. Over the Raianbow, Dancing In the Dark and Tea for Two were made for Cythia Basinet with her magical elan, extremely sophisticated joi de vivre and panache that men, young and old, still feel that old thrill when the world was young...but her magical, lilting, teasing, haunting in your face lament simmers on the lyrics and she rides them like a painted pony or the phosphorus on the high tides of when sailing ships waited to come into harbor.

I realized she has a wonderful ear and timing which has courage, charisma and humor while harmony hovers.

That old Harry Warren tune, I Learned to Love You When I Learned My ABC's allowed me to remember when a vocalist, an artist, a stylist, of which Ms. Basinet is all three, had a personality, intelligence, savvy and a strut as she takes a difficult tune and makes it her own and I don't want the tune to end; example, I can't stop playing TEA FOR TWO as each time I listen she puts her own unique stamp on it...with passion that smolders and has a life of it's own...with SMOKE.

Lee Wiley had magic like this and you know that men love her and women want to because you get a "buzz" listening to this woman who poses as lyrics while breaking and gluing your heart at the same time.

Cynthia embodies what we don't have anymore...thank heavens she is NOW.

Grange "Lady Haig" Rutan
Internationally acclaimed author of DEATH OF A BEBOP WIFE by Grange Lady Haig Rutan
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