A new recording of Cyndi Lauper’s song "Come On Home” will be released on September 1 to benefit the Sound Mind Network, a non-profit organization helping those battling mental health issues and drug addiction. The recording features Billboard charting singer-songwriter Danni Baylor with vocals by Grammy-winning artist Cyndi Lauper. "Come On Home" is available on all digital formats and for digital download as part of Sound Mind Network’s Healing Through the Arts.
Written by Lauper, in collaboration with Jerome Baylor, “Come On Home” was produced by Grammy Award-winner Joe Nicolo who founded the Sound Mind Network. “Come On Home” was first released on Lauper’s 1994 greatest hits album Twelve Deadly Cyns…and Then Some.
Proceeds from the song will benefit Sound Mind Network's Foundation and mission to break the stigma surrounding addiction while helping those in need realize and fulfill their life's potential.
Recorded at Joe’s Garage in Audubon, NJ, the song features Andy Meyer on drums; Jerome Baylor and Mitch Beer on bass; Glenn Hale on keys; Brian Fitzy and Bo Rains on guitars; Jay Davidson on horns; and Ryan “Gooch” Nelson on percussion.
Says Lauper, “The more we learn about mental health, the better we are as a society. This is an issue we have swept under the rug forever. My hope is that ‘Come On Home’ can raise money to eliminate the shame around mental health that has caused a lot of people to needlessly suffer.”
“Come On Home” will be featured along with 10 other tracks on a compilation album for the Sound Mind Network that also features The Bacon Brothers, Joan Osborne, Kathy Sledge, Taj Mahal and others, to be released in September.
“I've been fortunate to spend an entire career witnessing the power of music and personal creativity,” says Nicolo, “I am excited and honored to help empower the recovery community through Sound Mind Records. What Cyndi and Danni have done with this beautiful song, and what the other amazing artists are contributing, is truly something special. Their gifts of music are going to help so many others overcome their demons.”
The Sound Mind Network is dedicated to changing the way the world looks at drug addiction and mental health through music and the arts, according to Nicolo. The organization funds partner programs that empower those struggling with these issues to overcome their personal challenges and lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
About Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper is a groundbreaking Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist with global record sales in excess of 50 million. Her iconic voice, influential punk glamor, and infectious live shows have catapulted her to stardom. Lauper won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist with her first album, She's So Unusual, and became the first woman in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums, yielding timeless classics like “Time After Time” and “True Colors,” and the anthemic “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” She has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards, and 18 MTV Awards. In 2013, Cyndi Lauper became the first solo woman to win Best Original Score (music and lyrics) for Kinky Boots. She contributed a Tony-nominated song to the score of the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants and is currently writing the score for the Broadway adaptation of the 1988 feature film Working Girl. A pillar of success, Lauper was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015 and awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016. She has also released a New York Times best-selling memoir, was honored with Billboard's Women In Music ICON Award in 2018 and the inaugural High Note Global Prize issued by United Nations Human Rights in 2019. In 2022 her famous music video for “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” joined the YouTube Billion Views Club and the timeless longevity of her music continues to soundtrack hit TV shows and films, including Stranger Things, Reservation Dogs, The Goldbergs and Young Sheldon. Let The Canary Sing, the definitive feature documentary film on her remarkable life and career, directed by Alison Ellwood, made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this summer.
Lauper is also tireless in her advocacy work. She has been an activist since day one, always fighting for the underdog - especially women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the LGBTQ community. Her commitment runs so deep that she co-founded True Colors United in 2008 to bring an end to homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth, who make up to 40% of the youth homelessness population. In the fall of 2022, in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Lauper launched the Girls Just Want To Have Fundamental Rights Fund, which was formed to financially support women's issues in an inclusive way. The donor advised fund housed at the Tides Foundation will provide grants to organizations that advance women’s rights and health.
About Danni Baylor
Danni Baylor is an American singer, songwriter and musician from Washington, DC. The self-taught musician started her career as a background singer after graduating from Bowie State University with a Degree in Fine Arts and was featured on Grammy award winning albums as a vocalist. Later, she began to gain local and national recognition for her Youtube covers, catching Glamour Magazine's attention twice for her covers "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha (a duet with her husband Jerome Baylor) and "Issues" by Julia Michaels. Soon after releasing her first independent EP in 2015 (with singles "Just Me" and "Lava" winning in an International Songwriting a competition and being synced with Netflix and multiple Youtube series) she began to place Top lines with her husband and writing partner for the CoCaptains (who've worked with Ciara, Chris Brown, R City and Nicki Minaj). In 2019 she made her first Dance collaboration with European DJ Duo Stephano Pain an Dr. Space "Rome wasn't built in a day." Following that, she wrote and released an EDM dance record "Damage each other" with DJ Steve Brian in 2020 which has over 11 Million Streams to date. To follow, she collabed with Riccardo Piparo and Dj Duo Ticli and Gas on another EDM Dance record "OYS" in 2021, quickly becoming a favorite among the underground EDM scene. She is a BMI affiliated and Billboard charting writer with the last 2 songs (Including Fantasia's "ENOUGH" ) charting top 5 in two separate genres. In 2020 she wrote and released 2 songs as a featured Artist with EOA productions on the official soundtrack for Dick Gregory's Showtime Documentary (Executive produced by Kevin Hart and Lena Waithe. In 2022 she got her first. placement with Disney along with her songwriter husband. She's also no stranger to the the K- Pop world, working with the likes of BTS, TWICE and BlackPink. As a multifaceted writer and artist, she describes her individual sound to encompass many genres including Pop, Future Bass, R&B, Soul, EDM and Alternative influences with a catalog showing just that. Her latest single "Wrinkles" was released February 24, 2023. Her fans love her because of her transparent messaging, uniquely refreshing vocals and genre-bending musical style.
Independently, her original music has over 11 million streams which is something she’s most proud of. Along with having the honor of being featured by Glamour Magazine twice, she’s also landed partnerships/collaborations with Netflix, Disney, American Idol and Showtime. Her original music along with her newest single “Slippin” (a merge of pop soul and R&B) can be found on all music platforms.