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Performing at Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Cecily & Kenny Wesley

Last Monday night, I had the pleasure of performing at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for the first time. I can honestly say I’ve never had that much fun on stage! And all the thanks is due to my incredible brother-in-song Kenny Wesley, the band (Dante Pope, Zachary Cutler, Eliot Seppa, and Colin Chambers), and of course the audience, who really showed out for a cold Monday night! Also, I have to thank all the staff at BB&J for having me and being so helpful and professional!

It was such a fun evening. I’m also thankful to my favorite blog Soulbounce, which wrote a review of show and has lots of fabulous photos on their website! Check it out:  http://www.soulbounce.com/2018/02/soulbounce-live-cecily-kenny-wesley-bethesda-blues-jazz-supper-club-2-5-18/

Photo by Keith Estep

New Song – NPR Tiny Desk Contest

I decided to enter the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest this year. It was a good excuse to introduce you all to one of my newer songs. It’s called “Your Idea of Beautiful,” and I had an amazing afternoon recording the video with my band 🙂

Let me know what you think!

Composers: Cecily & Nii Quaye Aryee
Guitar: Zach Cutler
Bass: Eliot Seppa
Keyboard: Colin Chambers
Percussion: Dante Pope
Videography: Tirop araap Kiituur Sambu

“Real Love” – Original Song

I just posted a video of me performing one of my original songs, “Real Love.”

This song is about being in a long distance relationship, about how it is a struggle, but so worthwhile with the right person. I began writing it while in Ghana in 2012, and I finished it last year with songwriter Vaneese Thomas. This song will be on my upcoming EP.

There’s still time to contribute to my Indiegogo campaign. If you enjoy the song & would like to hear the fully produced & orchestrated studio version, please donate:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cecily-s-debut-ep/x/6456058

Here are the lyrics:

Verse I:
When I’m in your arms I know it’s where I should be
It’s a place that feeds my soul.
And I don’t see myself ever letting go,
Cause it’s a place I can call my own.

And I know I have wronged you with my careless words,
But somehow you always see me through.
And I know times get rough when I’m so far away,
But you can trust that I’ll always be true.

Chorus:
Cause this is love baby
Ain’t nothing less.
Yes we’ve got love baby.
We’ve passed the test.
Through all the hard times
We kept holdin on.
And I know that we’ll always be strong
Cause this is real love.

Verse II:
People do ask me why do I try
And I tell them the same each time.
I say, “When it’s the real thing, you give it your all.”
I can’t help but to treasure our bond.

Cause when I look in your eyes I find all that I need
And more than I thought I deserved,
And with your hand in mine I know we’ll always succeed,
Cause we’re willing to grow and to learn.

Chorus:
Cause this is love baby
Ain’t nothing less.
Yes we’ve got love baby.
We’ve passed the test.
Through all the hard times
We kept holdin on.
And I know that we’ll always be strong
Cause this is real love.

Much Love,
Cecily