In this week’s episode of You Should Know, Billboard sits down with Cyn to fund out what inspired her song “I’ll Still Have Me,” what the best piece of advice Katy Perry ever gave her was, how she approaches writing songs, and much more.
Cyn, born Cynthia Nabozny, grew up outside of Detroit in West Bloomfield, Michigan and tells Billboard that the first place she ever performed live was in fifth grade at her elementary school, when she sang Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain't Got You.”
Asked to list her biggest musical influences, Cyn names Jewel, Carole King, and Stevie Wonder. “I love Motown, in general,” she adds. “I love songs from the 1920s, big band jazz, basically the Classic American Songbook is, I think, my foundation.”