SongVault Artist Profile
Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Atlanta
Rhythm & Blues
The 27-year-old Amsterdam artist has never been more focused as she prepares to explore the U.S. market.
Artist Cinnamon Brown is destined for a fulfilled life in music. Born Cindy Limon, May 21, 1981, in Amsterdam, the R & B, Hip Hop and Pop singer/songwriter is the daughter of parents who hail from the Caribbean nation of Suriname. She derives her artist moniker from the first letters of her first name and the last letters of her surname. Cinnamon’s exotic allure finds its source in the mix between her mother’s Indian origins and her father’s Afro-Caribbean roots. Her talent, ambition, and focus are inwardly driven, though she credits her father’s love of R & B and her parents’ support for her career as fundamental to her success today.
Cinnamon has come a long way since the days of her childhood, absorbing all the funk and soul her father played for her especially on Sunday afternoons. Those early positive musical experiences have grown into the powerful and promising tracks you’ll hear on her site today, as well as the burgeoning career she has already carved for herself in Amsterdam, including live gigs in England and Germany, as well as MC radio work at leading dance music firm ID &T.
Now, all roads point to the U.S. for Cinnamon as she is poised to break out beyond her European appeal to make inroads into the U.S. market.
Listen to tracks like “Say Yes”, “What’s Your Name” and “I Can’t Breathe”, and you’ll find Cinnamon’s vocals so deep in the groove you’d think she was born in Detroit, Los Angeles or New York City, but in fact Cinnamon’s command of English, and her effortless and easy execution, come from a long apprenticeship listening to and emulating American music. Her older sister, for example, first discovered little Cindy trying to write songs in English—as opposed to Dutch—when Cinnamon was only eight years old.
Performances in school and attending concerts by touring mega-stars Mary J. Blige and Boyz 2 men, only strengthened Cinnamon’s resolve to pursue a career in music. While only in her teens she was free-styling on Amsterdam radio and was making connections with local scenester/producers like QF as well as Dutch rapper SugaCane and many other dutch rappers and hiphop producers.
Cinnamon was also featured on RMXCRW’s “Da Soundtrack” CD, and hosted Innercity 2003, one of the biggest dance events on the planet. In fact, Cinnamon hasn’t stopped penning Pop since she was a kid and has also secured a songwriting contract with Universal Music Publishing. Most recently she is collaborating with Dutch producer THEprinceOFbeatz.
Like many R & B and Hip Hop artists, life’s challenges, and enduring them with grace and determination, are at the core of Cinnamon’s music. She grew up a talented, but rebellious child, once even landing in reform school for her unorthodox ways, and has had her share of heartbreak and struggle. The end result, however, is that like the best vocal performers, you’ll hear the sweetness in her sorrow, the sorrow lingering in the sweetness. And Cinnamon is now devoted to turning her successful career into a vehicle for helping troubled children.
The best work from Cinnamon Brown—including a full-blown display of her formidable vocal range—is yet to come, while the many sides of her artistry are only just beginning to be known. Stay tuned for more musical offerings and news as Cinnamon focuses on making the leap from Europe to the U.S.A.