It's hard to believe that Cymcolé is only 19-years old. The stunning singer, songwriter, model and athlete, arrives with a polished blend of R&B and pop, sprinkled with island and Latin influences, which comes vividly to life on Shadows, her upcoming EP. A newcomer she is not.
Cymcolé's mother, Lisa, was a theater performer, on and off Broadway, while her father, Barry Larkin, baseball superstar, played shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds. Growing up in Ohio, Cymcolé took a little from both parents; she developed her talents as both a musician and an athlete. Initially, Cymcolé was unsure whether to pursue music or to carry on the famous Larkin name in the world of sports, like her older brother, Shane Larkin, who is a guard for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. At five, she began taking dance lessons in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap. But dancing did not prove to be enough for the multi-talented artist.
In the fall of 2015, Cymcolé and her creative director (and sister) Brielle, moved to New York in search of more opportunities. Through associates of the family and friends, she was introduced to music producer, K Mack (Beyoncé, Diddy and Missy Elliott). "She's a natural performer and dancer, who transforms when the music is on. Her dance and delivery are flawless, and it jumps of the screen when you see it. So I was in once I saw that," says K Mack.
Cymcolè's , Shadows is slated for release this summer. The EP is rhythmic, pulsating, edgy and intoxicating. The edginess, passion and sexiness come through on songs like "Bombs Away," which is gaining radio support from Hot 97. The EP standouts continue with “No Difference” and “Gunplay” featuring Rich Homie Quan. The project features additional songs with creative input from Liana Banks, Yobo, J-Dot,and Rocc on the production and songwriting process.
"It's about me breaking out and having a name for myself," Cymcolé proclaims. "Now it's my turn. I'm coming from out of that shadow and saying, this is me and nobody can change that."
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