Cecily
Independent Artist, Singer, Songwriter
As a Washington, DC native, growing up immersed in a city synonymous with politics, it seemed like an obvious choice to pursue a career in public service. But at the age of 21, with 10 years of voice lessons and a passion for music, Cecily walked out of her International Relations class knowing that following a life of politics would leave her feeling hollow. She graduated from college and dedicated her life to music. Cecily grew up surrounded by the music in her parents' vast record collection and was captivated by the works of Minnie Riperton, Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Gil Scott-Heron, The Isley Brothers, Anita Baker, and Phyllis Hyman. Cecily looked to these rich, soulful sounds from her childhood, and channeled them into her own music.   Known for her sweet soprano, honest lyrics, and pure vocals, Cecily brings her own vulnerability to each song, telling her story, and hopes that, in the end, the audience feels vulnerable enough to tell their own stories.   Cecily has opened for Grammy Award-winning jazz and soul artist Gregory Porter, R&B stars Johnny Gill, Kenny Lattimore, and Elle Varner, and alternative soul pioneer Bilal. She is a staple at the legendary Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, The Hamilton, The Howard Theater, and Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. In 2017, Cecily and her band were invited by the US Embassy to perform in Colombia at the VI Annual Mompox Jazz Festival.  While there, Cecily also presented a masterclass for local vocal students. In 2018, Cecily was a Strathmore Artist-In-Residence. Her first full album, released independently, entitled Songs of Love and Freedom, received the 2019 Whammie (Washington Area Music Association) Award for “Best Soul Album”, and she was also nominated for Best Soul Artist.   www.cecilymusic.com