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Milby High School c/o 1966
BiographyCynthia Clawson has been singing the gospel for more than four decades. Called “The most awesome voice in gospel music” by Billboard Magazine, she has received a GRAMMY and five Dove Awards for her work.
She was three years old when her father first asked her to sing in the small church he pastored, and Cynthia has not stopped since — from local neighborhood churches to Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power to London’s Wembley Stadium. Though never considered a southern gospel singer by critics and fans, she has been honored to be a frequent guest on Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Homecoming series. Cynthia has reached millions of people throughout the world with God’s message of love and grace.
A graduate of Howard Payne University with a major in vocal performance and a minor in piano, Cynthia was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Houston Baptist University in 1995. After winning the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show her senior year in college, Cynthia was spotted by a CBS television producer who signed her to headline a summer replacement for The Carol Burnett Show. That show led her to a recording contract with record producer Buryl Red.
Throughout her career, Cynthia has continued to push beyond the boundaries of traditional gospel music. Her rendition of Softly and Tenderly set the evocative tone for the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning movie The Trip to Bountiful. In 1998, she recorded a cast album of gospel songs for a revival of the musical Smoke on the Mountain, which opened at the Lambs Theatre in New York City.