Lou grew up as a farmer’s daughter from a small community west of Dawson Creek B.C, Canada.
Lou recalls having a burning desire to be an entertainer at a very young age. A local opera singer known as “Uncle Keith” the late Keith Hall contributed to the harnessing of Lou’s talent providing “one on one” vocal lessons since she was seven years old. At the age of 10 she started piano lessons and sang in the town choir, her favourite class in school was “Sing” and she participated in as many music oriented productions as she could throughout elementary school and formed an all-girl heavy metal band during high school named Salient.
Immediately after graduating high school, the band members had moved on beyond Salient to pursue other avenues, it turned out that Lou’s athletic talents awarded her with a hockey scholarship where she was able to portray her work hard ethic by receiving awards for the skill that she had brought to the team. After attending college, hockey was now on hold for the next passion-music. The aspiring singer/songwriter leaped into construction work to generate enough cash flow to move to the big city and pursue music as a full time career. Ice hockey was now a hobby behind a full-time job working for a paving company, she had maintained the hard working “Farm Girl” ethic to get to the next chapter in life. On short notice to her friends& family she announced it was time. Being a small town girl with big dreams, it took a lot of courage for her to pack up and head down to Vancouver BC to immerse her-self into the music scene, Lou understood that the market was competitive and very saturated but also full of great opportunities in entertainment for talented individuals. Lou has been known to say “the glass is half full, not half empty”. Entertaining and creating music was now the lifestyle and the new career path had been chosen.
It took some time get into the groove, moving to one of the most expensive cities in the world is not easy for anyone, although it has opportunity for a talented and driven young lady, Lou had realized that working 2 to 3 part time jobs, living on couches of friends of friends and trying to fit music in with the rest of her time she had, was just scratching the surface. It took a lot out of her but keeping her afloat was the passion for music and slowly day by day, small opportunities came available after meeting industry peers that were in the same boat as her. Small gigs on stage here and there just got her feet wet, the fire had been started and now needed more fuel, it was time to expand the horizons even further.
Lou had signed up with vocal teacher Judith Rabinvotich who has instructed the likes of Sarah McLachlan, the front man of the band “Hinder”-Austin Winkle, Swollen Members, Avril Lavigne and many more… Throw in some-Spencer Welch speech level singing coaching on top, Lou had realized that honing the craft was a priority as well as performing. She had now performed at events such as, City Wide Canada Day celebrations, the International Jazz Festival, Red Robinson Show Theatre, The Media Club, The Cellar, The Yale, Republic, The Caprice and many more tallying over 100 shows in the past few years. Lou also held a Lead Producer role for a Children’s Hospital benefit concert at the Caprice Lounge.
Connections in the industry also led to the opportunity to be the designated national anthem singer for the PPV production “So you Wanna Fight” and “Extreme MMA” also providing services as a session vocalist for Green House Studios located in Vancouver BC Lou has worked with many musicians who have backed and supported her in 3 different bands.
In 2009 she has teamed up with Doug Naugler (producer of Kyprios, Sweatshop Union, Sherry St.Germain) to record and produce her first album singles for Demo-”Cindy Lou Potter” and “Lessons Learned” . Her new music has been aired on the Netherlands radio stations gaining many fans internationally. Lou’s hot single “Dirty Little Secret” has been featured in the DJ set lists in many local venues, and was performed on hot rock radio station C FOX radio. As a result she became a finalist in the top 40 in the 2010 Fox Seeds competition.
Lou’s music industry experience has also led to other opportunities such as working in music festivals both on stage and behind the scenes. She was in promotions for Pemberton music festival in 2008. In 2011 and 2012, Lou was Lead Production Assistant for Sturgis North Music Festival working with many highly accredited bands and artists. She has toured Western Canada several times opening up for the rock band Uncle Sid. In 2012 she performed onstage following Canadian artist Ian Thornley (Big Wreck) at Alberta’s Own Music Festival.
In 2013 she had attended a one on one vocal boot camp in Los Angeles, California with world renowned vocal coach and artist developer, Doc Holliday (Vocal coach of Britney Spears and Back Street Boys). Shortly after, she started to work with Vancouver based, Producer / Engineer / Artist / Mixer Jeff Dawson (Producer for State of Shock, Daniel Pewter, Tal Bachman, Incura, The Dudes, Art of Dying, Kelly Rowland and many more) to write/co-write and record her first full length studio album named “Lou” set for singles releases in 2014. Working with talented artists/writers such as Laurell Barker/Steph Lang/Mike James and Jeff Dawson has elevated her skills and experience to new heights.
As of July 2014 Lou won Emerging artist of the month on 991 FM CKXS radio, which jump starts her radio air play into heavy Cancon rotation. She has headlined Music festivals such as the Valley Awakening Electronic Music Fest 2014, Big Bam Farewell To Summer 2015, and DCMF 2015 as well as Singing the national anthems for the Rotary regional district conference featuring Chris Hadfield. She has performed with other artists in a full band to DJing with live vocals accompanying herself.
From then to now Lou is Owner/Director of Cindy Lou Music Enterprises as an independent singer/songwriter/performing and recording artist. Lou has a variety of modern pop/dance tracks that include youthful lyrics and catchy hooks. Her style has been mentioned to be similar to artists such as Nelly Furtado, Lights and Britney Spears. Lou understands that music is only a small component to the entire realm of entertainment, the future looks bright for this up and coming artist!