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, Cecily walked out of her International Relations classroom feeling disillusioned. She called her mother and told her that after 10 years of voice lessons and singing as a hobby, she wanted to dedicate her life to music. With her degree in Political Science and Black Studies, Cecily began her career as a vocalist and songwriter, with the mission to bring purpose and power to her music and life.
With a father who loves Miles Davis and a mother who adores Smokey Robinson, Cecily grew up surrounded by the music in her parents vast record collection, and was captivated by the works of Minnie Riperton, Gil Scott-Heron, Anita Baker, and Phyllis Hyman. After college, 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, at the end, the audience feels vulnerable enough to tell their own stories.
In her hometown of Washington, DC Cecily has opened for award winning jazz and soul artists Gregory Porter and Jose James, R&B stars Johnny Gill, Kenny Lattimore, and Elle Varner, and alternative soul pioneer Bilal. She has played at the legendary Blues Alley and the Apollo Music Cafe, as well as 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.
Cecily was selected to be part of the Strathmore Artist-in-Residence class of 2018, a program that honed her performance skills and encouraged genre-defying collaborations. Cecily was also the recipient of a 2018 Project Grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council, which she will use to fund her next studio project.
Cecily released her first full album, entitled Songs of Love and Freedom on May 4th, 2018. The album was named “Best New Soul on Bandcamp” by the Bandcamp editorial team who described the project as “stirringly timeless and modern,” and as a “beautiful, self-reflecting album that emanates deep spirituality.”
“Cecily possesses an enviable soprano and a sharp pen.”
– Kim Hines, Soulbounce
“Soothing and nostalgic.”
– DJ JusMusic, SingersRoom.com
“A brilliant, beautiful & talented young lady, look out!”
– Patti Austin
“A beautiful Newcomer!”
– Donnie Simpson