Cecil Thornton and Transparent
Gig Seeker Pro

Cecil Thornton and Transparent


Band Jazz Gospel


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos


The best kept secret in music


"Press Release"



Date: July 12, 2007

G. DeWayne Wallace


Atlanta, GA July 17, 2007 – Indie Urban Gospel Artist and Atlanta resident, Cecil Thornton has immerged. He is celebrating the release of his debut gospel project entitled “Live Simplicity”, which features the stylish and jazz influenced vocals of a group (founded, trained and led by Thornton) affectionately known as “Transparent”. The album features songs from Cecil’s personal self-proclaimed repertoire such as; “You Didn’t Have To Do It”, “Rejoice”, and “Now Here I Am”, with their jazz, neo-soul and contemporary gospel flavor, the project is soothing, refreshingly creative, and anointed. The “Live Simplicity” CD reflects God’s love, forgiveness, reconciliation and praise to the Lord and takes it’s listeners into the very presence of God, as it ushers in a move of the Spirit of God.

When asked about his purpose for releasing this project, Cecil Thornton says, “I have always known there was musical purpose for my life. I knew God birthed songs in my spirit that were designed to minister to those who were not necessarily in need of “ordinary” gospel music, but who needed something different with the same traditional gospel message. We must never forget the premise on which all gospel songs should be built if we are to continue living in a world that seems devoid of Godly values…and I want to share that God loves, forgives, grants grace and mercy, and reconciles the sinner to him in my musical presentation.”

“Cecil Thornton is one of the greatest singers the world needs to hear…” – Quan Howell, formerly of the Grammy award winning Sounds of Blackness and several Tyler Perry stage plays.

Cecil has been blessed to share stages with the likes of Kim Burrell, Yolanda Adams, Pastor William Murphy and several others. He has also recorded as a featured lead vocalist in 2000 on the “Men of Promise” release for the Gospel Music Workshop of America. In recent times Cecil has traveled to Europe and several U.S. cities sharing his gifting with thousands while striving to further develop his ministry and build a larger, stronger following. Today, Cecil Thornton and Transparent are making tremendous strides in the nationwide gospel music
community by setting a new standard for gospel stylings through vocal creativity, powerful performances and simple, bible-based messages.

The artist who will keep audiences pleased while serving God as only he can. Presenting the man, the gift, the artist…Cecil Thornton. Enjoy Cecil Thornton and Transparent as they present to the world “Live Simplicity”.

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Cecil Thornton, please contact:

G. DeWayne Wallace
ParExcel Entertainment Group
CEO/PR Director
Phone: (678) 613-1641
Cell: (678) 612-1470
Fax: (404) 522-2134 (Please call before sending fax transmissions)
Email: parexcelentgroup@hotmail.com

- ParExcel Entertainment


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy



Psalmist, lyricist, producer, and arranger, Cecil Thornton is a “fresh-wind” arrival on the global music scene. Not your typical Christian vocalist and in no way a stranger to the stage, Cecil is a trendsetter whose musical creativity, lyrical connectivity, and vocal uniqueness catapults his music into a genre unparallel to others. A gospel sound fused with neo-soul and jazz influence to create musical experiences that far exceed the ordinary.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas to the union of Rev. and Mrs. E.D. Thornton, Cecil’s Christian roots were inevitable. Not to mention his vocal inheritance! During his younger years Cecil recalls instances where his mother would render stirring vocal renditions of hymns that would tear at the hearts of all in attendance. Young Cecil paid close attention to every note, progression, and inflection without realizing he was, indeed, developing the giftedness that was within his own heart. As the years passed and Cecil became a teenager, his vocal ability was noised locally and he began singing in churches and other venues sharing stages with Kim Burrell, Yolanda Adams, Kathy Taylor-Brown, V. Michael McKay and many others. Upon completion of high school Cecil made a choice that would change his life forever.

In 1998, after his high school graduation, Cecil relocated to Atlanta to continue his education as a Music Business major at Morris-Brown as well as pursue a long-awaited career in music. He quickly formed many musical relationships with vocalists, musicians and directors but one individual went on to become one of the most influential of them all. In 2000 Cecil became a member of Dirk Chaney’s Chosen Aggregation and later became heavily involved in the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA). The connection to the late legendary Dirk Chaney was one that introduced Cecil to music in a much greater way. Dirk worked closely with Cecil, mentoring him, to further develop his apparent giftedness and taught him what it meant to live life as an “artist”. At the peak of his development as an artist, Cecil was featured in 2001 as a featured soloist on the GMWA “Men of Promise” release.

In 2003 Cecil formed a group of singers who would foster change on the music scene. A small group of singers who, together, possess complicated harmonies, incomparable connectivity, and a conservative, yet trendy, image. The group was named “Transparent” to clearly convey this group would remain open to the will and purpose of God as it relates the their music ministry. Together, Cecil Thornton and Transparent are introducing a new wave of music and creative artistry to the world. Connecting the Word of God with emotion; emotion with the creativity; and the creativity to the music to capture an amazing musical experience.

In November 2006, Cecil Thornton and Transparent released their first LIVE recording entitled “Live Simplicity”. Without a major distributor the CD has done extremely well in both the Christian and secular markets. Cecil’s grassroots promotions/publicity has been highly successful in marketing the product. However, to experience Cecil Thornton and Transparent live is the best marketing tool anyone could be afforded.

Anticipate greater from Cecil Thornton and Transparent!!!

Please visit: www.myspace.com/cecilthornton