Growing up as a pastor’s daughter, just outside of Tyler, Texas, Cindy was constantly surrounded by talented people who loved the Lord. One of five children, her journey of music began very early as she traveled alongside her family, “The Cruse Family”, a vibrant, evangelistic ministry of music and preaching, traveling and ministering throughout the world. Traveling day after day, singing night after night, this became the norm for Cindy.
Throughout her childhood, Cindy’s family gained popularity as they traveled and ministered full time, recording 23 albums and winning multiple nominations and two awards, one of which was the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award, for “Contemporary Album of the Year”. At the age of 6, she recorded in her first recording studio, and by the age of 9, she became the youngest licensed ASCAP songwriter. At 19, Cindy signed as a solo artist with CBS Records. During her tenure with CBS, she earned a nomination from the Gospel Music Association for Song of the Year and also Songwriter of the Year. Soon after that, she launched her own studio and production company to help other artists fulfill their dreams and visions.
During the next four years, Cindy launched a career ministering and leading worship for a series of different churches. Then, Cindy became the Director of Music and Worship at Lakewood Church. Through the support of her pastor, Joel Osteen, and family, Cindy oversaw every aspect of the music ministry. She spearheaded the production and recording of multiple albums. Under her leadership, Lakewood recorded three “Lakewood LIVE” CD’s, entitled, “ We Speak to Nations”, “Cover the Earth” and “Free to Worship”, each of which sold in excess of 100,000 units. Last year, Cindy recorded her highly anticipated solo album entitled, “Twenty-Three” This album is a unique mixture of genres blended to create an album expressing the faithfulness of God and the promises He has made to His children. This year, Cindy began her 6th year on tour with Joel Osteen to sold out arenas and stadiums throughout the US and the world.
Cindy is an assistant instructor for MUAP 1401/1402 – Vocals.