Cindy Z(hang) is a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist living in California. Currently, she performs solo on acoustic guitar and voice in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. Her eclectic sound encompasses Jazz Standards, Bossa Nova, Contemporary R&B, and jazzy spin-off covers of pop songs.
Previously, Cindy was the lead singer and songwriter for her group, Mino the band, which focused primarily on jazz-inspired pop. She composed and co-produced an EP called Fishfood that includes upbeat jazz tunes and more stripped down, acoustic songs—available on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, and Bandcamp.
Before developing her skills as a soloist, Cindy got her start in music through classical violin and piano. She played violin in the San Diego Youth Symphony and various orchestras and chamber orchestras around San Diego. As a sophomore in college, Cindy joined an a cappella group at UCSD called Acamazing. She went on to become the music director for the group, arranging a cappella renditions of old and new pop songs that would compliment the group’s vocal strengths. In her junior year, Cindy developed her love for jazz while studying with Grammy-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta in his 137 series, focused on Jazz theory. She later performed for five quarters in Kenyatta’s 95JC jazz ensemble class, where she sang jazz and latin pieces in a big band setting.