Gene Watson’s Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as ‘the singer’s singer’ – and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson’s Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2006, were most gracious with their time and words.
It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Cindy Church, which she submitted to this site on Tuesday 7 March 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Cindy Church who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 7 March 2006.
‘I would like to wish Sean all the best with this website.
I have been a true fan of Gene Watson for as long as I can remember.
His gorgeous voice, unforgettable songs, his honesty and dignity as a performer continue to inspire’
Thank you, Cindy Church, for your support of Gene Watson.
Cindy Church has one of the most distinctive voices in Canada.
Cindy Church is equally at home as a country singer and a jazz balladeer and can easily tackle pop tunes, gospel songs and folk material with equal aplomb.
Cindy Church has been a leading figure in Canada’s roots music scene for two decades.
In 1987, Cindy Church co-founded the traditional country trio Great Western Orchestra, which recorded a remarkable eponymous album for Sony Music Canada in 1989.
Originally from Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Cindy Church’s musical influences were primarily country music and traditional music.
Cindy Church grew up in a country music household, where the music of Hank Snow (Saturday 9 May 1914 – Monday 20 December 1999), Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 – Monday 16 July 2012) and Jean Shepard (Tuesday 21 November 1933 – Sunday 25 September 2016) was heard on a regular basis.
Cindy Church was brought up in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia and has spent most of her life in Western Canada, first in Edmonton, then Vancouver in Island, Turner Valley, south of Calgary and, most recently, Toronto.
Cindy Church’s career in music has seen her achieve many highlights, including her time as the back-up singer of Ian Tyson (Monday 25 September 1933 – Thursday 29 December 2022), and as a member of The Great Western Orchestra.
In 1993, Cindy Church saw the release of ‘A Song For Brent’ (Stony Plain Records, 1993), which was a special CD single, which was released to help raise funds for ‘The Song For Brent’ Society.
The Canadian Country Music Awards distributes a ‘Humanitarian Award’ which recognises an outstanding contribution in support of humanitarian causes through country music. ‘A Song For Brent’ received the Humanitarian Award in 1993.
On Tuesday 12 April 1994, Cindy Church saw the release of ‘Love On The Range’ (Stony Plain Records, 1994), which was produced by Nathan Tinkham and Dave Hamilton, and included five tracks, which were released as singles on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart:
‘The Road To Home’ (written by Cindy Church) / this track was released as a single in 1992, but it did not chart
‘Rockabilly Heart’ (written by Rob Hollis) (No.19, 1994)
‘Love On The Range’ (written by Nathan Tinkham) (No.43, 1994)
‘This October Day’ (written by Nathan Tinkham) (No.32, 1994)
‘My Wishing Room’, which was written by Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 – Saturday 19 July 1975) and Sanger D. ‘Whitey’ Shafer (Wednesday 24 October 1934 – Saturday 12 January 2019) / this track was released as a single in 1995, but it did not chart
Cindy Church’s ‘Love On The Range’ (Stony Plain Records, 1994) also included the following tracks:
‘Old Fashioned Love’ (written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack)
‘I’m Walking The Dog’ (written by Tex Grimsley)
‘Cowgirl’s Lullaby’ (written by Cindy Church)
‘Tonight He’s Mine’ (written by Cindy Church)
‘Maybe We Should Stay Strangers’ (written by Nathan Tinkhamd and Cindy Church)
‘I Thought We Were Falling In Love’ (written by Nathan Tinkham)
‘Ride Cowboy Ride’ (written by Lee Emerson)
On Tuesday 20 June 1995, Cindy Church saw the release of ‘Just A Little Rain’ (Stony Plain Records, 1995), which was produced by Nathan Tinkham and Cindy Church, and included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart:
‘Still A Fool’ (written by Roy Forbes) (No.40, 1995)
‘Trying To Rope The Wind’ (written by Laurie Thain and Tim Williams) (No.50, 1995)
‘Never Got Over You’ (No.60, 1996)
‘Sleeping Alone’ (written by Cindy Church and Nathan Tinkham) (No.68, 1996)
Cindy Church’s ‘Just A Little Rain’ (Stony Plain Records, 1995) also included the following tracks:
‘Ste. Anne De Bellevue’
‘Fall In The Foothills’
‘I Gotta Have My Baby Back’, which was written by Floyd Tillman (Tuesday 8 December 1914 – Friday 22 August 2003)
‘Haunted Honky Tonk’ (written by Carl Brouse)
‘Tired of Having You Gone’
‘Warrior In These Days’
‘It’s Just A Little Rain’ (written by Shirley Eikhard)
On Tuesday 19 November 1996, Cindy Church saw the release of ‘Cindy Church’ (Stony Plain Records, 1996), which included five tracks, which were released as singles on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart:
‘Sweet Dreams of You’ (written by John David and Paul Kennerley) (No.72, 1996)
‘My Baby’ (No.54, 1997)
‘Lover Please’ (written by Billy Swan) (No.44, 1997)
‘Wichita’ (written by Gillian Welch) / this track was released as a single in 1998, but it did not chart
‘Whispering Pines’ (written by Howard Hausey) / this track was released as a single in 1998, but it did not chart
Cindy Church’s ‘Cindy Church’ (Stony Plain Records, 1996) also included the following tracks:
‘Bitter Pride’ (written by Sylvia Tyson)
‘The Only Star I See’ (written by Wayland D. Holyfield and Richard Leigh)
‘Wheel of Love’
‘Only Time Can Cure’ (written by Nathan Tinkham)
‘The Chance You Took With Me’ (written by Billy Cowsill and Nathan Tinkham)
‘What We Almost Had’ (written by Roger D. Ferris)
‘What Does She See’, which was written by Ian Tyson (Monday 25 September 1933 – Thursday 29 December 2022) / this track was a duet with Ian Tyson
‘In My Life’, which was written by John Lennon (Wednesday 9 October 1940 – Monday 8 December 1980) and Paul McCartney
Cindy Church has also achieved fame as a member of Quarette, along with Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson.
Since their debut in 1993, the four members of Quartette have been both publicly and critically acclaimed for their lush harmonies and delightfully diverse repertoire.
Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson are seasoned singer / songwriters, whose influences range from blues and gospel to folk and country to jazz and pop.
Cindy Church also performs with two other groups, Lunch at Allen’s (with Murray McLachlan, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan) and performs with ‘The Nearness of You’, a tribute to songwriter Hoagy Carmichael (22 November 1899 – Sunday 27 December 1981), also featuring Joe Sealy and George Koller.
• Visit Cindy Church’s official site at cindychurch.com