After stepping away from the music business 16 years ago to dedicate herself to raising her children, Cindy sent an e-mail to Grammy nominated producer Steve Ivey of IMI Music in Nashville telling him how much she appreciated the Bluegrass/Gospel CD she had recently purchased. This e-mail was to be a life changing one, as eventually Ivey invited Boehler down to Nashville to audition in his Music Row studio.
Ivey signed Cindy on her first day in Nashville and both set forth on an intense process of putting together the beginning works of Boehler's debut CD, Set It Free.
It was apparent from the start that Cindy was blessed with strong song writing skills and Ivey pushed her to commit to six original recordings on the CD.
Cindy has credited many for inspiring her to be a musician, but none more than a mother who made sure there was always music in the house when she was growing up. "I was fortunate to have a mother who knew what it meant to teach me to love Jesus and be grateful for the talents that I was blessed with. This is why I chose to do a Gospel/Bluegrass CD the first time out. It's my way of saying thank you to my mother and my God," says Boehler.
One of Boehler's earliest influences was the music of Karen Carpenter. Boehler adds, "I have been told that I am the Karen Carpenter of Bluegrass, and that's such a great compliment! My voice has also been influenced by the music of Patsy Cline and The Jordanaires, so you can imagine what an honor it was for me to be able to develop a relationship with them that evolved into performing live with them!"
Boehler is the mother of 7 children ranging in ages from 26 down to 6. "My family means everything to me and it was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make to step away from the music industry when I did, but it was the right decison and I'm glad now I made the sacrifice. There were many times that I didn't think I would ever be able to return to music in the scope that I wanted and when this opportunity arose, I knew God was blessing me for all my years of prayer and patience," says Boehler. "My husband and children have made many sacrifices for me to be able to pursue this crazy dream," she adds.