The last time CYN attended a Katy Perry concert, she was in the back row with the rest of the nosebleed crowd, struggling to get a good view of the pop star during her candy-coated California Dreams Tour six years ago. This year, the rising singer saw Perry in concert once more—this time, as her stadium tour opener in Mexico.
“It’s something I’d dreamed about since I was a little girl. It’s a very full-circle moment for me,” CYN shares. “When I got connected to Katy, it was from going to her tour in 2011. I was 18 years old and I was in the back row. I thought at the time, I could do something like this! But had no idea that someday I’d be signed to Katy at the age of 24.”
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, music was always a crucial part of CYN’s life, working its way into her bloodstream through inescapable local history and culture (particularly Motown), as well as family traditions (her grandmother introduced her to classic American music, like Dean Martin).
As for her own airy brand of pop, CYN’s music seems to take sonic cues from the femme alt-pop of the ’90s—think Natalie Imbruglia, Sixpence None the Richer, and the Cranberries. The result is saccharine, yet sharp, synth-pop tracks like new single “Believer.”
“Even though the odds are stacked against us and the divorce rate is high, I think I’ll always have an optimistic view on love—I’ll just be fighting with the reality of it,” she says of the song. “I don’t know, do I sound jaded? I hope love exists.”