When the Lafayette, LA native composed “Cupid Shuffle” he had no idea that the song or he would turn into a global entertainment phenomenon taking his talents to distant lands like Dubai and Germany. “It still amazes me that my music has resonated with so many different kinds of people,” says Cupid. “Music is truly a universal language because it unites individuals of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs with a single purpose of having a good time, at least that’s my goal. I want to lifts spirits and change the way people feel when they hear a Cupid record.” Given the culturally rich melting pot environment Cupid was raised in, his sound is Blues-influenced, Rock-influenced, Soul-influenced, Gospel-influenced and Hip-Hop-influenced. It’s no wonder his brand is able to effortlessly transcend racial and generational boundaries.
Cupid will launch into a new realm of fame with the release of “Go Head Baby,” his new single produced by Atlanta-based beat maker Mr. Collipark (Soulja Boy, Ying Yang Twins). The self-proclaimed “King of the Dance Party” delivers a masterful follow-up to “Cupid Shuffle” that also comes with its own choreography. “I wanted to make another line dance record but wanted to pay homage to my Louisiana roots. First of all, we say ‘baby’ completely different from everybody else. We also say ‘go head baby’ to encourage people, especially the ladies. So this is another feel good record that anybody can jam to and have a good time.”
Cupid in Plaid
The son of a preacher, Cupid grew up doing three things: singing, dancing and DJ’ing. He cut his artistic teeth belting out hymns and playing the piano in church even becoming the youth choir director at age 14. And being from central Louisiana, rhythmically moving to a beat was in his DNA. Given the culturally rich melting pot environment he was raised in, Cupid’s sound is Blues-influenced, Rock-influenced, Soul-influenced, Gospel-influenced and Hip-Hop-influenced. It’s no wonder his brand effortlessly transcends racial and generational boundaries.
Cupid attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on a track scholarship. While he enjoyed competing as an athlete, music became his main focus subsequently leading him to join a 5-man R&B ensemble called Fifth Element. What started out as an attempt to woo the ladies resulted in performances at campus talent shows and local events throughout the state. Although the group disbanded after a short stint, it gave Cupid the confidence boost he needed to pursue a career in entertainment full-time.
The singer enjoyed radio airplay in 2001 with his high-powered first single, “Do Ya Thang”, which appeared on his independent debut album. His sophomore disc, 2005’s The King of Down South R&B gained airplay throughout the southeastern region. Cupid’s career skyrocketed in January 2007 with the release of his third LP, Time For a Change. Just days before dropping the album, he received a call to ink a major label deal with Atlantic Records. His first breakthrough single from that landmark debut, “Cupid Shuffle”, sparked a worldwide frenzy. In the United States alone, the song peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Since then the song has gone double platinum and gets roughly 6,500 new downloads each week. The success of Cupid’s music had him performing in front of sold out crowds and headlining shows with the likes of Frankie Beverly and Mays, the SOS Band, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Dougie Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Zapp, the Whispers and the O’ Jays over a 6-year period. He became the face of McDonalds McCafe national ad campaign where he went on a nationwide tour alongside Eric Roberson and Musiq Soulchild teaching his legion of fans how to do the “McCafe Shuffle.” Cupid’s music can also be heard in the feature films Jumping the Broom, Step it up 2, P.S. I Love You and the Adventures of Nancy Drew, as well as the Dance Central 3 video game.
As impressive as his musical accomplishments are, they are only part of Cupid’s storied resume. The certified trainer released an exercise DVD he established in 2013 called CuRobiks™ Fitness after he lost over 40lbs doing the routines that incorporate aerobic dance with squats, jumping jacks and pushups. The moves get your heart pumping but are low impact, which makes the program ideal for kids and adults alike.
Cupid in Blue
Realizing with success comes responsibility; Cupid has proven to be a powerful force through his foundation Positopia (Poz-itopia), a land where negativity doesn’t exist. Through his organization, he mentors youth in schools and churches, organizes a yearly toy drive and participates in breast cancer awareness campaigns. Cupid hopes the world continues to fall in love with his movement but more importantly he aims to captivate the heart.
|Cupid||United States||Louisiana||Marksville||Holy Cross Church||Dec 26, 2014|
|Cupid||United States||Tennessee||Nashville||LimeLight Ent Complex||Dec 31, 2014|
|Cupid||United States||Louisiana||Ruston||Ruston Civic Center||Jan 17, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Louisiana||Reserve||Reserve Civic Center||Jan 24, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Louisiana||Lafayette||Dupuis Center||Jan 25, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Louisiana||Grand Marais||Mon Ami||Feb 06, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||South Carolina||Columbia||Township Auditorium||Feb 07, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||New Jersey||Newark||New Jersey Performing Arts Center||Feb 14, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Louisiana||Lafayette||Clark Field||Feb 17, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Michigan||Detroit||Detroit Opera House||Feb 21, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||District Of Columbia||Washington||DAR Constitution Hall||Feb 28, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Pennsylvania||Philidelphia||PA Tower Theatre||Mar 14, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||California||Los Angeles||CA Wiltern Theatre||Mar 21, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||North Carolina||Charlotte||NC Ovens Auditorium||Apr 11, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Florida||Tampa||USF Sundome||Apr 18, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Virginia||Norfolk||VA Chrysler Hall||Apr 25, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Virginia||Richmond||VA Altria Theatre||May 02, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||Illinois||Chicago||Chicago Theatre||May 09, 2015|
|Cupid||United States||South Carolina||Charleston||North Charleston Performing Arts Center||May 30, 2015|