"Keep it Together" is the song that will get us through to 2021. Singer/songwriter Cynthia Brando's newest single is a call to action and an act of selflessness. The LA-based artist's silky alto voice bleeds with raw emotion and love; "Keep it Together, even when you're falling apart" feels very personal, like you're the only one this song is for. The richness and sincerity in Cynthia's voice is reminiscent of Janis Joplin or Stevie Nicks, but her gorgeous performance of a moving anthem is entirely her own. Have yourself a cathartic cry to Cynthia Brando's beautiful new song, "Keep it Together".
1. What can you tell us about the release?
I’m excited about this release because it is the first full instrumentation song I have
released in many years and it also embraces the start of a new direction of “acoustic folk
rock” that I want to explore and grow in. It was engineered by Ed Tree, who also
performs on the track, Marty Axelrod on keys, Scott Babcock on drums and Corrina
Carter on background vocals.
2. What was the process of creating the song?
I wrote “Keep it Together” after a Netflix binge of the David Duchovny show,
“Californication.” In it, he plays a writer and in one episode he said the line, “keep it
together while falling apart” and it really resonated with me. I have suffered from
depression and have tried to “get rid of it” over the years and have come to learn that
it’s just a part of me and to embrace it and learn from it; but not to fall apart and lose
my job and be irresponsible as I have been in the past. The line became a renewed
motto for my life. My goal was to write a kind of “self-help” song that people can turn to
as if you were turning to a self-help book you bought.
3. What was the most surprising thing about the process?
There are always surprises working in the studio with Ed, my engineer and partner. We
often co-produce my music so it’s always a surprise to hear how our mutual ideas come
together. It was his idea to put Hammond organ on “Keep it Together,” because he had
just purchased one for the studio and thought it would go well with the song, which it
did. Marty Axelrod played an amazing part and I get a lot of compliments about the
4. If you had to dedicate the song to someone, who would it be and why?
As I mentioned previously, I created the song specifically as a self-help song, so I had all
the people that suffer from depression in mind when I wrote it and definitely some
people in particular who I don’t want to call out. The lines, “ you’ll be O.K./you’re never
alone/something inside/is calling you home/a friend is wanting to know where you are”
goes out to them…
5. Where does the new music release fit into the timeline of your music journey so far?
I moved to Los Angeles 7 years ago in my late 30’s to finally do something with music.
This entire time, music has been the center of my life, but before I moved here-I had no
real direction, mentors or guidance so there was this huge learning curve for me for
probably the first 5 years. These last couple of years I have gained a lot of confidence
from the support of the music community which boosted my self-esteem and allowed me to embrace my unique journey more. I am really starting to find “my sound” and am more comfortable with myself as an artist and with all that I am doing with my life. I have been working on this song for several years but didn’t release it until recently when it felt right, so feel like it’s a major stepping stone into the music I am currently recording and preparing to release next year.
6. What can fans expect next, musically or otherwise?
Even though I am mostly focusing on releasing more acoustic folk rock music in the vein
of “Keep it Together,” I do love to explore different sounds and am currently finishing up
a project that is a little bit different sounding. On it, I have a spoken word piece I recite
specifically created for me by poet Jaqueline Suskin, I have some world music sounds
and have generally kept a more experimental vibe in the studio while working on this
project. It is something I started 6 years ago and has changed direction but is important
for me to complete and put out in the world. The music explores specific topics related
to mental health which is my main platform as an artist. I am also excited to be starting
a new YouTube lifestyle channel set to launch on January 1 st called, “Glow with Cynthia”
which will be focused on health, beauty, nature and fashion.
7. What do you do when you’re not making music?
I spend a lot of time in nature and am a hiker. During the pandemic I wanted to deepen
my relationship with nature and infuse it with my music life. I needed merch for my
website and wanted another revenue stream, so I started hand dyeing organic bandanas
with plants that I collect, mostly picked in the Los Angeles area. I then hand stencil them
and now have a batch on my website under, “Merch” which are music themed.
Cynthia also hosts a podcast every Sunday where she talks to folks in the music industry about their journey.