“Cassandra Kubinski is a rarity.
She’s a talented singer/songwriter working in a tradition very similar to the legendary solo artists of the early to mid 1970′s. She proves that the art form is not only alive and well, but that it is still capable of being transcendent.” – Billy Joel
The saying goes “we are confined by the walls we build ourselves.” We may wall ourselves in with messages we picked up in society, input from our communities, or even our own distorted images of who we think are and what we think we are capable of.
Singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski is leading a charge to tear down these imposing barriers. With her elegantly emotive pop, and a bold and liberating platform that includes stirring videos, charitable pursuits, and fire starter self-realization dialogues, she’s seeking to shift perceptions, inwardly and outwardly.
“This is the year of breaking boundaries,” the New York City-based artist affirms. “I want to create conversations where we can confront the limitations we feel or that we feel are reflected back to us by culture.”
Cassandra’s refined and enlightening sensibility conjures a diverse swath of sophisticated and emotionally available pop composers and artists. Her inspirations include Billy Joel; musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim; contemporary artists like John Mayer and Rob Thomas; strong female artists such as Alicia Keys, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson; and even pop sirens like Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey.
Cassandra’s songcraft is soulfully sage; it seeks to unearth bare truths within herself and within society, shattering shackling perceptions and offering forth an exhilarating message of liberation. In her songs are lessons from journeys in love, loss, feminism, ambition, failure, and nature. Her exquisite and boldly vulnerable body of work spans three full-length albums, one double-live album, and two EPs.
Cassandra has the unique distinction of having written with Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Famer Billy Joel, and recorded and released songs with the multi-platinum Goo Goo Dolls, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, and 10,000 Maniacs’ pop singer/multi-instrumentalist Mary Ramsey. She’s garnered prime media accolades in the Tri-State area, including reviews, features, and TV interviews. Cassandra has performed and toured coffeehouses, colleges, clubs, theatres, and living rooms, from NYC to LA to Jamaica to Germany. Her previous release, the holiday EP, Holiday Magic, debuted at #46 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and received national airplay on over 25 radio stations. And- she is the bandleader and music composer for the Emmy-winning interactive digital TV show, Never Settle Show, hosted by Mario Armstrong.
Cassandra has also built a robust profile in Hollywood as a songwriter, and an actress. Lifetime’s wildly successful show Dance Moms has featured 13 of her tunes, including the fan favorite “Swim,” whose lyric video has accrued over a million views on YouTube to date. Select other plum licensing placements include having songs featured on ESPN’s First Take, NBC, E! News Daily and more. In addition, Cassandra has appeared as an actress in shows such as Spin City with Michael J. Fox, and the box office smash Finding Forrester, alongside Sean Connery and Anna Pacquin.
As pop artist with a purpose, she’s been an outspoken ally, contributor, and supporter of such organizations as Music for Autism, Susan Komen’s Race for the Cure, and Swish: The Gay/Straight Alliance. Cassandra has also uplifted the spirits by performing music in hospitals with LifeBEAT. Currently, she serves as Global Co-Chair of Membership for the prestigious, non-profit organization Women In Music.
Kubinski family lore has it that at two years of age Cassandra walked out of the movie An American Tale singing the song “Somewhere Out There.” However, despite these prodigious musical talents, Cassandra pursued acting at first, ultimately studying music theater at Florida State University. During her time in college, the 911 travesty took place and galvanized her into writing songs. This formative time coincided with that fertile era of the early 2000s where sophisticated pop singer-songwriters like John Mayer, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, and Gavin DeGraw dominated radio.
One powerful turning point in Cassandra’s personal narrative and artistic continuum happened recently, when she was asked to contribute to a Young Turks video piece responding to the #metoo movement. Cassandra found sharing her story was profoundly enlightening. Not only did she put her voice behind a cause worth fighting for, she realized she had to take on more challenges in every aspect of her life.
Up until now, select standout entries in Cassandra’s body of work include the transformative and pop-soul inflected “You Never Told Me,” the bright Autism anthem “Not So Different,” and the sweetly jaunty “You Get Me.” Each of these tracks is themed around a cause dear to Cassandra’s heart and paired with a video created to further the song’s impact and reach. “You Never Told Me” is the fulcrum of Cassandra’s #BreakYourBoundaries project, centered on stories of people who have broken through their boundaries, especially women, and will encourage others to do the same. Partners for #BreakYourBoundaries have included Women in Music, and Guitar Center, among the other organizations. The song’s stirring and inspiring video boasts a series inspiring narratives of individuals breaking through their perceived or societal limitations. “The song came from my own realization that I was living by rules that no longer empowered or lifted me up. It’s about realizing the set of rules you were given is not necessarily relevant or real, and that you can re-define your own rules in life,” Cassandra says.
The Autism Awareness –themed “Not So Different” has raised over $25,000 for Autism organizations, and accrued over 50,000 views since 2014. The song is sleekly beat-driven, and its accompanying official video is sweetly enlightening. In 2016, Cassandra did a live video version of the song with the Goo Goo Dolls and 10,000 Maniacs.
Up next, look for Cassandra’s music worldwide, as she continues to perform and expand her “Break Your Boundaries” dialogue and music philanthropy efforts. Cassandra says in conclusion: “Seeing the difference music can make, how it can raise awareness, inspire people, and bring them together drives me to break my own boundaries.”
Creating worlds. Connecting emotions. Sharing stories. Gut-level sensuality. These are the siren songs Cassandra Kubinski channels from our deepest realities while whimsically spinning us upon her pop carousel of human experience. Always reaching for the golden ring of truth…always connecting the personal to the universal - perfectly.
Cassandra’s loaded tales of love, lust, tears and transformation have exploded their way onto three full-length albums, one double-live album and two smart, elegant EPs. She’s recorded and released songs with Grammy-Nominated rock star John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti and pop singer/multi-instrumentalist Mary Ramsey from 10,000 Maniacs.
Legendary Piano Man Billy Joel even encountered one of her award-winning songs online, “Cradle The Moon”, and directly reached out to express his admiration. She and Joel then collaborated on her original song, “No Hard Feelings”, which is also referenced lyrically in Billy’s official biography.
And now, creative full steam ahead - Cassandra’s EP ONWARD is a new adventure that serves up a meditative yet joyful dive into the kaleidoscope of life.
“These are some of the most personal songs I’ve ever written…you can expect a mix of intensity vs. lightness, love vs. regret, struggles and triumphs, and always hope, and love."– CK
The result? Songs that question a world which constantly bombards us with images of what we’re supposed to be, instead of allowing us to just BE. ONWARD’s powerful, positive songs and soulful dynamism connect with and guide us toward a reality of beautiful, evolving possibilities.
Career-wise, Kubinski’s talent has been utilized by many media powerhouses. She’s long captivated Hollywood with her songwriting, most especially on Lifetime’s wildly successful show Dance Moms – which has featured no less than 8 of her tunes, including fan favorite “Swim” (almost 500,000 views for the lyric video on YouTube!). Her songs have been highlighted on the soap opera One Life To Live, RuPaul’s Drag Race as well as in numerous films, commercials and voice overs. By the way: that’s Cassandra as “Marcia Brady” w/Danny Trejo on Snickers’ 2015 2015 Super Bowl XLIX Very Brady commercial, winner of the advertising industry’s very FIRST Super Clio Award. You’ve undoubtedly heard her vocal talents in ads or jingles for some of the world’s largest brands like Amex, Maybelline, Capitol One, Home Goods, Hershey’s and Hasbro.
Over the course of 6 albums and multiple singles, Cassandra's had the opportunity to open for and perform with industry heavyweights like the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Dickie Betts, Anna Nalick; sing and dance in Drama-Desk nominated musical theatre; and tour coffeehouses, colleges, clubs, theatres, and living rooms from NYC to LA to Jamaica to Germany. Her 2017 holiday EP, HOLIDAY MAGIC, debuted at #46 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and received national airplay on over 25 radio stations. With 3 originals and 3 holiday classics, HOLIDAY MAGIC saw a collaboration with pop/R&B star Matt Cusson, a mashup of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with Paul Simon's "Homeward Bound", and a sparse version of "Little Drummer Boy" featuring Cassandra's 2 sisters in 3-part harmony.
Tapping into her accomplished theatre background, Cassandra also acts in both film and television. She’s appeared in several high profile shows including Spin City with Michael J. Fox and Finding Forrester with Sean Connery and Anna Pacquin.
Cassandra gives back just as much as she creates for the world. "Music inspires, music connects, music heals" is the mantra that's led her to contribute her time and talent to organizations such as Susan Komen’s Race for the Cure, Swish: The Gay/Straight Alliance and her decade-long work performing music in hospitals w/LifeBEAT. Additionally, she serves as a board member for the prestigious, non-profit organization Women In Music and is a proud BMI songwriter and SAG/AFTRA member.
The Autism Community is also extremely dear to her heart. Inspired by a close friend’s autistic children, she wrote the inspirational anthem “Not So Different”, which was released with the support of Autism Speaks and has been nationally featured in numerous Autism Awareness campaigns. In 2016, she joined forces with super producer Armand Petri (whose own son is autistic) and re-recorded “Not So Different” with John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) and 10,000 Maniacs’ Mary Ramsey. 100% of the song proceeds are donated to The Institute for Autism Research and a joint benefit concert by all three artists in April 2016 raised over $30,000. (download the song HERE to contribute!).
On a personal note, you can find Cassandra’s other passions channeled into dark chocolate discoveries, daily yoga practice and leading kirtans. She can also be found cuddling with her best doggie niece, Annie and listening to Brazilian jazz while dreaming of tropical island Shangri-Las.
Cassandra captains a magical, musical rocket ship through our inner and outer galaxies... are you in for the ride?