Singer/songwriter Cynthia Alexander is a multi-instrumentalist who began playing guitar at the age of seven. Her brother, renowned ethnic musician Joey Ayala, provided her with early chord lessons. In the late '80s she was the bassist for the group Hayp. Hayp were regulars at Manila underground venues such as Club Dredd and Mayric's, but Alexander's skills with the bass instantly brought her international recognition. In 1989, she was selected Best Bass Player at the World Band Explosion Finals in Tokyo, Japan.