Cyndi Lauper, the spunky, rainbow-haired singer behind some of the 1980s' biggest pop anthems, is not one to sit quietly and bask in past glories.
The past year has been one of the busiests periods in her professional life. Fans can see that for themselves in her reality television show, Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual, which is now showing on WE TV (SingTel mio TV Channel 259) every Thursday night.
"I love TV and reality TV afforded me the opportunity to document all the things that went on this year. And it was a pretty huge year for anybody because I had a memoir, I worked on a musical, I did tours and shows, and I did the reality show. It's a big year," says the singer of 1980s hits such as Girls Just Want To Have Fun, True Colours and Time After Time.
She was talking to Life! in a telephone interview from Australia, where she was on tour.
In June, the 59-year-old Grammy winner made history by being the first woman to pick up Best Original Score at the 2013 Tony Awards for her solo work on multi-award-winning musical Kinky Boots, based on the 2005 film about a shoemaker and a drag queen.
In September last year, she released Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, a 352-page book that chronicles her personal life and showbiz career.
As a civic activist, she is co-founder of The True Colors Fund, a charity body that helps homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.
Her 12-episode series follows not just her going about her daily work, but also at home with her husband of 22 years, Law & Order actor David Thornton, 60, and their 16-year-old son, Declyn Wallace.
"It's interesting and comical, but we try to still keep our family together even though we don't have a normal kind of household at all," she says.
Lauper, whose 1983 album She's So Unusual became the first debut from a female artist to chart four Top 5 hits on the Billboard charts, says while she got used to having a camera crew follow her around, there were moments when she would instruct the crew to stop filming. One of those moments, she reveals, happened while she was a guest singer in an episode of reality television singing show The Voice.
"I really needed to relax and you can't relax with a camera in your face. I really had to regain my voice so that I could sing on the TV show and do a good job."