“Trust Me,” including the track, “Make It to The Mountain” co-written by pianist and Nashville session legend Ron Oates, will be featured on Cindy’s seventh studio album.
LUBBOCK, Texas (PRWEB) June 07, 2015
Cindy Hughlett, wife, mother, award winning singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed “Musician-ary,” will release her seventh studio album in ten years. Her work as a performer and missionary, however has been a 25 year journey. Hughlett already had several albums to her credit [“Identity”-2005, “Child of God”-2007, “Love Never Has Regret”-2009, “Stories Hope & Lullabies”-2011] when she got the attention of Grammy nominated Nashville Producer Mark L. Carman. Under his direction, Cindy has recorded some of her finest work to date [“Follow”-2013, “Something Old / Something New”-2014] and her latest “Trust Me,” including the track, “Make It to The Mountain” co-written by pianist and Nashville session legend Ron Oates. That track will be featured on Cindy’s seventh studio album (her third with Carman producing.) “Trust Me” is set for release on June 2nd, 2015 on MCM World Media/Mansion Entertainment and distributed world-wide by Sony Red.
But Music is only half of the equation. As Cindy puts it, her gift is music, but people are her passion. Cindy’s music is the vehicle that she drives to reach out to people of all walks of life. She has taught children, led worship, hosted home groups and Bible studies, spoken at conferences, sung in churches and concert stages and has reached out to the homeless and the elderly as well as those in prison: “I came from a large family, an older brother and two younger brothers. My Dad was in the Air Force. We settled in Lubbock where Dad pastored a small country church. My mom told me that I was singing before I talked! My dad bought my mom a piano and she started me on lessons at age 6. Nine months later I sang Jesus Loves Me. It was my first solo at church. By age ten, I had memorized every number in the church hymnal. I was classically trained on voice and piano. My piano teacher insisted that I learn theory and classical music. My voice coach worked to get the ‘country’ out of my voice. But, as the old saying goes, you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl!”
As Hughlett devoted her life to studying and performing music, she gravitated toward mission work: “Early on I discovered the work of Amy Carmichael [1867-1951, renowned Missionary to India in the first half of the last century] I was also moved and inspired by the missionaries who came to speak at our church. When I met Mark [Carman} he was working with a Virginia based non-denominational organization called International Cooperating Ministries (ICM) which has built over 5,000 churches in impoverished rural areas throughout the world. Through my association with Mark and ICM, as an Emissary Artist for ICM, I have the awesome privilege of partnering with other Christian Artists to build churches around the world. Mark had just produced ‘Working on a Building’, for ICM [an album featuring Trace Adkins, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon and T. Graham Brown.] When I witnessed first-hand what Mark was doing with his years of experience as a producer and bringing together all of these amazing talents to lend their voices to help fulfill the great commission [Matthew 28:19] I felt that God had swung open a door for me to help reach more people for Christ through music. This year, through our ICM partnership and by way of offerings from my performances, we funded the construction of a church in Honduras. Currently, we are funding the needs of a Church and Orphanage in the Philippines.”
As a result of those efforts, Cindy Hughlett has also partnered with Mark Carman to form the ‘Smallest Gifts” project. A portion of proceeds from performances support children’s ministries locally, regionally and internationally. She has also entered into music production with a new artist whose debut release [available now] is titled ‘Smallest Gifts.’: “Kenzie Walker is an amazing young talent that came to my attention in my home town of Lubbock. Kenzie is an 11 year old Chinese orphan who was found in a box at a train station in the Hunan Province. This amazing child was adopted by a loving family here in Lubbock. I introduced her to Mark and we agreed to produce her wonderful talent and help her to spread her message of joy and hope. That’s really how the smallest gifts foundation came to be.”
Cindy has received many awards during her career. Most recently, Christian Voice Album of The Year 2012, Artist Music Guild Female Vocalist and Song of the Year 2013 and Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammy) Consideration in 7 categories 2014. She has had a slew of number 1’s and top 10’s in all the prominent Christian and Gospel charts. Cindy Hughlett is certainly an established artist, missionary, humanitarian and now music producer: “Well, I am just so blessed to be doing this work. My desire from the very beginning, when I sang ‘Jesus Loves Me’ as a 6 year old in church has been to reach the world for Christ through music. The Lord has opened so many doors along the way. Right now, I anticipate the release of my 7th studio album. ‘Trust Me’ set for June 1st. And I will continue to seek the Lord’s will, just like the title of my 2013 CD…Follow!”