Cecily is a vocalist and songwriter whose sweet soprano and honest lyrics have garnered attention and loyal fans not only in her native Washington DC, but also up and down the East Coast. Unmoved by passing trends, Cecily’s sound is rooted in a deep appreciation for mid-century soul and jazz, 90’s R&B, and re-imagined folk music. She has drawn comparisons to artists as distinct as Deniece Williams, Brandy, and Corinne Bailey-Rae.
“A brilliant, beautiful & talented young lady, look out!”
– Patti Austin
Cecily has graced many stages and performed in front of audiences as large as 30,000. She 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. Beyond her hometown, she’s performed in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Richmond, Charlotte, and New York City. She has played at the legendary Blues Alley, as well as The Kennedy Center, The Hamilton, The Howard Theater, and Rockwood Music Hall. Singing the National Anthem has become a hobby of hers, having sang for professional baseball, basketball, and tennis matches, and even in front of First Lady Michelle Obama. The stage is a second home for Cecily, and audiences can tell that she is at ease and happy there.
“A little person even in heels, the D.C. born-and-raised singer glowed on stage, the emotion of each song emanating from her face. The more Cecily sang, the more enraptured her audience became.”
– Jamie Brockway, blogger for Possettes
In her youth, Cecily spent more than ten years studying voice, primarily at the Peabody Institute, as well as singing in church and school gospel choirs, classical choruses, and a cappella groups. A 2012 graduate of Swarthmore College, with a degree in Political Science and Black Studies, Cecily’s passion for performing and writing led her to make music her career.
Cecily’s self-titled 2015 debut EP included work produced by legendary Grammy Award winning producer and arranger Benjamin Wright, and co-written by famed songwriter and singer Vaneese Thomas, as well as DC rap legend tabi Bonney. SingersRoom.com’s review of the EP described Cecily’s work as “soothing and nostalgic.”
“A beautiful Newcomer!”
– Donnie Simpson