Bryson Bernard, (born October 10, 1982) better known by his stage name Cupid is an R&B singer born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. Bernard started singing in his church's choir, encouraged by his pastor father. He initially enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a full athletic scholarship in track and field. He left the track team to form a singing group known as Fasho, which later changed its name to Fifth Element. Fifth Element later dissolved and Bernard pursued a solo career. With a five-octave vocal range, Bernard earned the nickname “Cupid” for an impressive performance of the Sam Cooke's '60s hit single “Cupid.”
Bernard first achieved radio airplay in 2001 with his single “Do Ya Thing,” which appeared on his self-pressed, self-titled debut the following year. His gospel-tinged vocals attracted local promoters and rappers. Cupid was tapped to open for blues concerts, as well as to record background vocals for various rap albums.
Both experiences informed his second independently released album, 2005’s “The King of Down South R&B.” In late 2006, Cupid was discovered by Atlantic because of the buzz surrounding his local single at the time, “Cupid Shuffle.” After signing with the label in January 2007, his dance record landed in the Top 30 of the Billboard R&B chart for several weeks.
His major label debut, “Time for a Change,” was released in September 2007 and his breakthrough single, “Cupid Shuffle,” went gold. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and #58 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.