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Awards & Recognitions

Miss Black Minnesota USA Pageant Award winner (1976)
* Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Cleveland (OH) - as lead singer of Lipps Inc.
* MN Music Hall of Fame inductee - as lead singer of Lipps Inc.
* Platinum Certification in US, Double Platinum in Canada, Gold in France & Germany, Silver in UK, among others - as lead singer of Funkytown
* Three Billboard Music Awards - as lead singer of Lipps Inc. (1980)
* Grammy Award winner - as member of Sounds of Blackness (1991, 1993, 1998)
* Women Unite to Win Award winner (2015)
 
 
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Discography

 

CYNTHIA JOHNSON - ALL THAT I AM

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2013
Megabien Music
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With this solo album Johnson once again proofs that she knows how to use her remarkable gift as both singer and songwriter, but also as a producer. "All That I Am" sums up a lifetime of a vocal artistry on a very personal level. It is Johnson in full bloom, at the peak of her talents and in full control of her performance and passion.

 

The album includes some of Minnesota´s most talented musicians, such as multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Jack Robinson (Prince, Brandy, Chaka Kahn, Kiss, Tears for Fears), drummers Michael Bland (Prince, Jonny Lang) and Kirk Johnson (Prince), keyboarder Ricky Peterson (Stevie Nicks, John Meyer), bassist Tony Axtell (Donny Osmond, also house sound engineer of “A Prairie Home Companion”) or famed Cuban pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera (settled in MN in 2001). It also includes songs with guest vocalist Giorge Pettus (opening act of Whitney Houston) and local, upcoming rappers Jeson and Lei´tah.

 

Track listing

    1. Hold On   4:00

    2. Don´t Let Them Take You Away   4:39

    3. I Need A Man   4:21

    4. This Love   4:11

    5. You   4:09

    6. Keeper Of My Heart   4:26

    7. So Good    3:56

    8. Sorry For Me   3:35

    9. Bless His Holy Name   4:10

    10. What You Gonna Do?   3:30

    11. This Is My World   4:14

 

 

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LIPPS, INC. - FUNKYTOWN

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2003
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This record delivers all of the uptempo hits in one convenient package. It includes some high-energy disco stompers and fun new wave numbers that will light up any party.

 

Track listing

    1. "Funkytown"   7:49

    2. "Jazzy"   3:58

    3. "Rock It"   3:42

    4. "I Need Some Cash"   4:59

    5. "On to You"   3:22

    6. "Designer Music"   3:32

    7. "Obsessed"   3:55

    8. "Let´s get back to the Floor"   6:38

    9. "Tight Pair"   8:30

 

 

 

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LIPPS, INC. - FUNKYWORLD

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1992
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This compilation culls the strongest compositions from Lipps Inc.'s entire output of three releases. Production foreshadowing both the imminent arrival of electro and Minneapolis boogie is glazed with Cynthia Johnson's consistently passionate vocals. Not only the obvious anthem "Funkytown", but also the other tracks will reward the listener with previously undisclosed riches.

 

Track listing

    1. "Funkytown"   7:51

    2. "All Night Dancing"   8:10

    3. "Rock It"   5:40

    4. "How Long"   5:50

    5. "Tight Pair"   8:33

    6. "Jazzy"   3:57

    7. "Designer Music"   5:40

    8. "Hold Me Down"   5:25

    9. "Addicted to the Night"   6:46

    10. "Choir Practice"   5:58

    11. "Does Anybody Know Me"   3:53

    12. "Hit the Deck"   6:07

 

 

 

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LIPPS, INC. - BEST

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1985
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Track listing

A1.  Funky Town     
A2.  Rock It     
A3.  Crying Over You     
A4.  There They Are     
A5.  Jazzy     
B1.  Designer Music     
B2.  How Long     
B3.  Never Could Be Sorry     
B4.  Background Singer     
B5.  Things Take Time

 

 

 

 

LIPPS, INC. - DESIGNER MUSIC

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1981
Casablanca Records (Universal)
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A rebound of sorts came with the release of Designer Music, which is the third album by Lipps Inc. and the last one featuring Cynthia Johnson on vocals. The tracks "Hold Me Down" along with the title track "Designer Music" became a hit in 1981 peaking at number eleven on the American dance chart. Guest appearances by Andre Cymone and Rockie Robbins round out the album.

 

Track listing

    1. "Designer Music"   5:43

    2. "Hold Me Down"   5:25

    3. "The One"   3:42

    4. "The One After"   2:10

    5. "Everybody Knows"   4:36

    6. "I Need Some Cash"   4:57

    7. "Background Singer"   2:23

    8. "Things Take Time"   3:51

 

 

 

 

LIPPS, INC. - PUCKER UP

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1980
Casablanca Records (Universal)
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Steven Greenberg

 

Pucker Up is the second album by Lipps Inc. with lead-singer Cynthia Johnson. It didn´t take long that the minor hit "How Long", a cover of the 1974 Ace original, blazed up the club charts into the Top Ten across the country. Once again Cynthia Johnson proofs her remarkable, splendid voice as the group´s lead vocalist.

Track listing

   1. "How Long"   5:50

   2. "Tight Pair"   8:33  

   3. "Always Lookin'"   4:36

   4. "The Gossip Song"   3:50

   5. "There They Are"   3:25

   6. "Jazzy"   3:57

 

 

 

 

LIPPS, INC. - "MOUTH TO MOUTH"

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1980
Casablanca Records (Universal)
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Steven Greenberg

Mouth to Mouth is the first album by Lipps Inc., the newly formed disco act  with Cynthia Johnson as the lead singer/vocalist. The album includes the nr. 1 hit "Funkytown" that along with "Upside Down" by Diana Ross ruled much of the 1980s. Funkytown went out with a bang, it rapidly took of in the clubs and it spontaneously entered radio play lists across America and throughout the world. Within 9 weeks it crawled up the US charts to number one, replacing Blondie's "Call Me," it took Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" to unseat it from the throne.
This smash hit with Johnson´s amazing voice not only earned "Lipps Inc." a certified platinum album, but also a place in "The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's One-Hit Wonder" exhibit. It was and still is so popular that it has been used for numerous commercials and films, such as in the movie Shrek 2.

 
Track listing

   1. "Funkytown"   7:50

   2. "All Night Dancing"   8:20

   3. "Rock It"   5:40

   4. "Power"   8:22