2019 Viola Award Finalist for Emerging Artist
Cyamanta Lynn Casteen (Cyam), performed as a solo artist for the first time in May of 2017. To accompany their voice and songwriting, Cyam’s instrument ofchoice is the ukulele, a delicate sound to set the tone for their songs. Cyam first picked up a uke at 12 years old and has been passionately playing since.
Cyam made their stage debut performing with Jelena Gonzalez in the band Egg Princess. Cyam and Jelena began to write and play together frequently, and before long they fell in love with the stage – and the crowds loved them back.
Cyam’s first album, Food Baby, was released on Friday, November 16th at the Cottage House in Flagstaff. Food Baby is an album that the Flagstaff Live describes as “10 tracks of reverberating ukulele and poignant thoughts on relationships—the end of them, the beginning of them, familial falling outs, those between best friends and time spent watching the rain fall while waiting for the sun to come out so they can see their little spoon again.”
The songs featured on Food Baby were written over the past 11 years and the LP even features the first song Cyam ever wrote, ‘Eli’s Song’. The album was recorded at MOCAF over three days with producer Andrew Groose and bass lines were provided by Seth Terrell.
Cyam has touched the hearts of many Flagstaffians, and aside from their music career, they are well recognized as the guaranteed smiling face of Firecreek Coffee Company.