Latest News: Basinet's Santa Baby Heats Up NCIS Los Angeles Holiday Episode (12.18)About this CD: Re-issue of the Christmas classic, "Santa Baby". Included instrumental (karaoke ) version.
Latest full length Jazz CD, "The Standard". 11 tracks, including "Santa Baby" and "The Christmas Song"
"Cynthia Basinet: Ten years of being Santa's Baby"
Sorry, IT'S NOT MARILYN singing "Santa Baby".*** She never recorded the song, nor was it Cynthia's intent. Pass it on. For the full story: www.cynthiabasinet.com/PRWeb-NoNotMarilyn.htm
For more visit Cynthia's official site (click link on left)
15 years in the making. Full length CD, of all STANDARDS plus Holiday tracks, the #1 hit, "SANTA BABY, never @MarilynMonroe
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"one of the most sultry.seductive voices around." -declares
”What a knock out!” -Dick Hughes, Jazz Action Productions
”Excellent artist and songs.” -Wyn Machon, Oamaru Heritage Radio
”The sound of your voice is a pearl to my ear!.” -Paul van Kuik, Radio 0162
”American Actress Cynthia Basinet truly uncovers her talents with this EP 4 track offering on UNCOVERED. She's got the looks, style, and ability to deliver a tune. A class act!” -Helen Simons, The JazzXpress Caravan Jazz Radio 94.1FM Australia
”...This EP is definitely a keeper, and with another EP and a full length album out there, there's plenty more Cynthia Basinet to get your teeth into. Go forth and enjoy.” -Zeitgeist UK
”The charactor of the music style presented gives this CD (Uncovered) a unique feel, with an individual personality presented inside it's contents. Great work, and we sure look forward to hearing from you in the future...” Graham, Soundwavefm.co.nz
”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. Even if you'll hate her because she's beautiful, you'll love her because her singing will knock your socks off.” -Ink19.com
”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!” - ENTERTAINMENT: DIVAS, CABARET, JAZZ THEN AND NOW (book)
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 midnight blue voice on The Collection can conjure black and white images of ill-fated romance, especially on Just and Eventually. Set to a crestfallen piano backdrop, Eventually expresses deep-seated feelings of love lost; the heartbreaking ache in her vocals reveals real, honest pain. However, melancholia is only side of Basinet's persona. In this compilation of her work, she juggles with light and darkness. The giddy sweetness of her cover of Santa Baby is miles apart from the fresh wounds of Haunted Heart. Furthermore, the electronica tracks Yellow Taxi and God unveil a completely different side of her artistry. For those not familiar with Basinet's previous recordings, such varied elements might seem confusing. But this is a career retrospective, after all, and the most exciting musicians are the unpredictable ones. Nevertheless, it's obvious where Basinet's strengths are. On the slower songs, where Basinet can croon her heart's desires, she has a commanding presence. Her version of the oft-covered Someone To Watch Over Me has undeniable charm; her voice truly soars, dripping with sultry yearning. Because of Basinet's background as a model and actress, there are some who probably won't take her music seriously. However, even the most skeptical will have a hard time resisting the gripping drama of Water's Edge. — Allaboutjazz.com
Happy Holidays! "Hurry down the chimney tonite..."
5 stars rates francemp3.com
Editor's pick - Allmusicguide.com
"A voice to die for..." -thewireweb.com
"The David Bowie of the jazz set." - jazzreview.com
"... one of the most sultry.seductive voices around." -ARTISTdirect.com
"A fabulous young woman with the most gorgeous voices... sultry and sexy, she's the best thing in jazz since the double bass." -m-of-s.co.uk/jazznblues
Sultry crooner Cynthia Basinet makes excellent use of her impressive pipes on these lush, languid, and oh so lovely numbers... no matter how you choose to listen they're a gorgeous treat. -download.com
"Now, we have Harry Connick Jr. and Cynthia Basinet, two of my favourites of new-age Jazz musicians. Music with a laid-back style, yet lilthe and precise with their expressions, my favourite." -jazz for anytime of the day, anywhere
"Had vocalist, Cynthia Basinet been born seventy-eighty years ago, she might as well have been a household name. Well, the Jazz Age has come and gone, but Basinet has such a mesmerizing voice and such an alluring way with a love song that it's all but inconceivable her name won't be recognized in a fair mount of households before she's through." -Dave Reitzes of mPlode.com
"Very talented vocalist making the transition from gauzy but tough Dream Pop to sophisticated, satin-draped jazz singing. The Fiona Apple-meets-Galaxie 500 rock material (featured on CD- "BLUED") also shows off Basinet's very real vocal gifts, but radio stations are picking up on her supper club take on standards. She retains Julie London's sexy aloofness, but truth be told, this young talent has a stronger set of pipes than the famed, whispering torch singer. "Haunted Heart" - a remake from the movie, "The Two Jakes" is a rarely performed standard but Basinet navigates its difficult changes easily. Her sassy "Santa Baby" would have had Dean Martin cocking his eyebrows, and her lovely reading of "Someone To Watch Over Me" cuts deep into the emotional core of the song. ...As it stands she could knock Michelle Pfeiffer off the top of the piano." -listen.com (now Rhapsody)
The bio blurb-
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.
Sample Amazon.com customer review~
*****I Love It
Reviewer: Daniel Wahl from Charlotte, NC
There's something about music that can change your entire mood. A certain song can make you ecstatic, another can make you sad or depressed. Don't count on this small collection of tunes to invoke either of the above emotions in you however.
The smooth, seductive voice of C. Basinet will undoubtedly put you in a romantic mood--a mood where you feel how wonderful it is to fall in love and what a beautiful world it is where such romance can not only be sought after but achieved. The tracks, each and every one (but especially "Santa Baby" and a personal favorite "Tea for Two"), include soft, melodious tunes serving as the perfect complement to what I believe is a perfect voice.
All in all, this is the type of music for anyone who likes the prospect of falling in love, or the feeling of being in love, with a wonderful person. It is great music, for great people, wherever and whenever they meet.