Cindy Blackman Shrieve
Cindy Blackman Shrieve’s drumming can often be found mesmerizing audiences at prominent music festivals, like New Mexico Jazz Fest or Charleston Jazz Fest, where her solos display both technical proficiency and creative flair.
At only 20, she charmed audiences and fellow musicians at Woodstock with her mesmerizing rendition of Santana’s song, “Soul Sacrifice.” Since then, she has explored musical genres while working alongside numerous artists.
Early Life and Education
Cindy hails from Leesville, Louisiana. She attended Captain Charles High School.
Chris Peak is a musician. The couple have two children together. Additionally, she has one brother and sister as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
At 13, she experienced her first drumstick strike at a birthday party and knew immediately that music would become her career path. Since then she has earned an M.Mus degree at Eastman School of Music, performed concerts/stadium shows as well as guest solo performances with orchestras around New York State.
She has recorded and produced the drum teaching video Multiplicity as well as arranged music for band, choir, orchestra, and various ensembles. Her arrangements can be heard on GIA Music Education textbook series Vladimir; Gap Mangione’s Big Band recordings Planet Gap and Stolen Moments as well as her own recording of standards entitled Land That We Love.
Michael Shrieve’s musical journey spans a broad spectrum. Her drumming style strikes an exceptional balance between tradition and innovation, earning her recognition from industry professionals.
Shrieve joined Santana in 1969, contributing to their three groundbreaking albums with youthful energy and unique sound, helping define their sound as they established it as part of its identity. She later ventured out into various genres such as funk, top 40, and jazz fusion.
Her musical journey has also enabled her to collaborate with some of the finest musicians in the business, from rocker Lenny Kravitz to smooth jazz soloists. She currently resides at 1110 Old County Rd in Severna Park MD 21146 but previously resided at 233 Pima in Arizona 85543 and 2605 S Montierth Ln in Safford Arizona 85546.
Achievement and Honors
Cindy has brought her piano and vocal performances from intimate clubs to stadium/concert venues as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras, from stadium concert venues to intimate clubs. She has recorded several albums, such as an album of standards with her jazz band and Gap Mangione Big Band; industrial videos/demo/commercial recordings as well as music education textbooks/choral octavos are among many more projects Cindy has taken part in.
Cindy has performed for actress Meryl Streep when she received the George Eastman Award and as part of the 2000 New York State Fair Celebration. Cindy excels at impersonations and improvisation.
She has written and arranged music ranging from easy listening to pop and country, with vocal and piano arrangements being utilized by educational settings as well as being published by GIA publications.
Blackman enjoys an impressive career but still finds time to lead an enjoyable personal life, including photography, cooking and traveling as hobbies. She plays jazz music locally at clubs before conducting drum clinics globally.
She has collaborated with various musicians such as John McLaughlin, Stomu Yamash’ta and Klaus Schulze, expanding her musical horizons by exploring various genres and sounds.
Shrieve currently resides in Severna Park, Maryland and previously resided at 233 Pima Ave, Arizona 85543, 2605 S Montierth Lane Safford Arizona 85546 and 6641 Alderson Ln #831 Bonners Ferry Idaho 83805 During performances such as Woodstock Festival’s legendary solo in “Soul Sacrifice,” she created an effortless blend between innovation and tradition – an illustrious career highlight!
Through her music career, the musician has amassed an estimated net worth of $10 Million dollars.
She has gained notoriety through performances with rock and jazz musicians such as Pharaoh Sanders, Ron Carter, Cassandra Wilson, Sam Rivers, Buckethead, Angela Bofill, and Joe Henderson – as well as authoring an instructional drum teaching video called Multiplicity.
She currently tours with Carlos Santana’s band and also performs in Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (featuring Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon, and Kenny Aaronson). Her success in both ventures has allowed her to live an extravagant lifestyle.