Formed in 2007 by singer/songwriter Cynda Renae and guitarist/songwriter Sean Pierce Johnson, Cockeyed Optimist started out as a way to perform the music Cynda had written to help her recover from the trauma of her kidnapping and rape. “I was mad at the courts, mad at my attacker...I was mad at the world”, says Cynda. “Writing down my feelings and putting them to music saved me.” The hope garnered from the writing and performing of this music kept the duo going as they would go on to record CEO’s first EP, Undocumented. During that time Sean would enlist his long-time friend Eric Feliciano to hold down the low end on bass guitar.
The trio would go out and perform this music with various drummers, in the hope of helping people see that through the darkness hope can emerge. On their own they produced two music videos, booked several tours of the west coast, and recorded their second EP, All That You Were. The songs on that EP would further delve into their past and speak of hope for the future.
One night, while contemplating their next move the idea came: the band was not just a band anymore; it had to become a movement. Thus begun, IAmACockeyedOptimist.Org. “It was a lightning bolt moment”, shares Sean. “It was clear that we needed to be not just a band that wrote about hope, but we needed to go out and spread that hope. And we needed the right people to help us do that.” After a lengthy search, Nick Stone was welcomed into the CEO family on drums.
Cockeyed Optimist launched their non-profit organization in October 2014, and have begun to spread the message of hope to high school students through their assembly program.
For more information on CEO visit them online: www.CockeyedOptimist.net
Join the movement: www.IAmACockeyedOptimist.org