Cecily

Cecily

 Washington, Washington, D.C., USA
SoloR&BJazz

DC-based vocalist and songwriter Cecily is known for her agile soprano and honest lyrics. Her current album Songs of Love and Freedom was named “Best New Soul on Bandcamp” by the Bandcamp editorial team, who described the project as “stirringly timeless and modern.”

Biography


"Cecily possesses an enviable soprano and a sharp pen.” - Kim Hines, Soulbounce 


“Soothing and nostalgic.” - Singersroom 


“A beautiful newcomer” - Donnie Simpson


DC-based vocalist and songwriter Cecily is known for her agile soprano and honest lyrics. Her current album Songs of Love and Freedom was named “Best New Soul on Bandcamp” by the Bandcamp editorial team, who described the project as “stirringly timeless and modern.”  


Her sound, as soothing as it is rich, is musically mature, and rooted in a deep appreciation for mid-century soul and jazz, 90’s R&B, and re-imagined folk music. Yet her fresh faced lyrics boldly portray the heart young Cecily has fought for, and the wisdom of love earned and freedom gained over a life of being misunderstood and told she was “before her time” or “mature beyond her years.” This influence gives her work a unique sensuality that informs not only her vocal approach, but also her self-reflecting lyrics, grappling with self-acceptance, vulnerability, and rebirth.


In her songs you’ll hear the influence of growing up surrounded by her parents vast record collection. Her father, a lover of Miles Davis, and her mother, a Smokey Robinson fan, filled their home with soulful sounds that captivated their daughter, and which she has channeled into her own work. Soulbounce says that Cecily creates “music that pulls from the past but looks toward the future.”


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, folk artist Becca Stevens, 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 is using to fund her next studio project about the mastery of love.


As a Washington, DC native, raised in a city synonymous with politics, it was an obvious choice to pursue a career in public service. But by the age of 21, Cecily walked out of her International Relations classroom feeling disillusioned. She told her mother that after 10 years of singing as a hobby, she wanted to dedicate her life to music. With a 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 people’s lives. It was music that mattered most then and now.


Lyrics

Too Much

Written By: Cecily Bumbray & Anthony Montalbano

Don’t you wanna know how I got here? Don’t you wanna know why I stayed here?
Don’t you wanna hear, this story of love? Watch it growin’ slow.
Don’t you wanna hear the drama? Don’t you wanna hear the pain? 
Don’t you wanna see the smilin’ faces, how could they leave your heart unstained?

But it’s too much, too much, too much for me to bear. And it’s too fresh, too fresh, in my mind. 
How can I write a song ‘bout love gone bad? When I can’t even grasp what we had.
Cause it’s too much for me right now.

So you wanna hear a love song, but I have nothing to say.
I’ve been in this position for long while, and I don’t know how much longer I can stay.
Tryin’ to put the pieces together, but they just don’t form a verse.
And the chorus I got is too much to rehearse. 
But I know you wanna know how I got here, and I know you wanna know why I stayed.
Don’t you wanna hear this sad, sad story but how can I tell what I feel. 

Cause it’s too much, too much, too much for me to bear. And it’s too fresh, too fresh in my mind
How can I write a song about love gone bad, when I can’t even grasp what we had?
Cause it’s too much for me right now.

Maybe in a few months I’ll have more prospective and I’ll give you all what you want. But right now I’m sitting here cryin’ too much

Cause it’s too much, too much, too much for me to bear. And it’s too fresh, too fresh in my mind
How can I write a song ‘bout love gone bad, when I can’t even grasp what we had? Cause it’s too much for me right now.

Composers: Cecily Bumbray & Anthony Maltabano
Publisher: Bella Marketing Management LLC
Copyright Registration Date: ?
Producer: Vaneese Thomas
Arranger: Vaneese Thomas & Jonathan Cobert
Studio Name: Peaceful Waters Music, Pound Ridge, NY
Lead Vocals: Cecily Bumbray
Engineer: Wayne Warnecke
Guitar: Nicky Moroch
Keyboards/Piano: Jonathan Cobert
Bass: Paul Adamy
Drums: Brian Doherty
Background Vocals: Cecily Bumbray, Vaneese Thomas, Erin Pellnat

Pisces

Written By: Cecily Bumbray,Jonathan Meacham

V1:

I’ve swam in waterfalls that stung my back
And all I ever needed was to go back
Cause even things that hurt make you feel alive
And all I ever wanted was to live before I die

Chorus:

Cause there’s a river in me and it pushes my feet
In uncertain forward motion
There’s an ocean in me and it won’t let me sink
But it’s drawing me out
Wash away my self-doubt

V2:

I find myself searching along the shore
Not ever really knowing what I’m looking for
Caught in imaginings of a different me
Still insecure and graceful and damn sure free

Chorus:

Cause there’s a river in me and it pushes my feet
In uncertain forward motion
There’s an ocean in me and it won’t let me sink
But it’s drawing me out
Wash away my self-doubt

Hope

Written By: Cecily A Bumbray

Just trying not to lose hope
Just trying not to lost hope
Just trying not to lose hope
Just tryin, Just tryin

I would never tell the children there’s no hope
But as they sleep I’ll guide their dreams
Singing Fly Away!

No I would never never tell the babies theres no hope
But I’ll speak their dreams
Singing Fly Away!

Just fly away (fly away)
Where you are safe (just fly away)
Just fly away (fly away)
Where you have peace (just fly away)
Just fly away (fly away)
Where you are free (just fly away)
Where you are free (just fly away)
Where you are free (just fly away)

No I would never never tell the babies theres no hope
But ill speak their dreams
Singing Fly Away!

And we’ll find peace between the Earth and Sky
No longer silenced or caste aside
Yes we’ll find peace between the Earth and Sky
Discover we are the source of the light

Just trying not to lose hope
Just trying not to lost hope
Just trying not to lose hope
Just tryin, Just tryin

And if dreams aren’t enough I’ll wrap my arms around you
Arms strong from pulling weeds
Hands sweet from sowing seeds
If dreams aren’t enough I’ll wrap my arms around you
And fly away!
Fly away!
Fly away!

Just tryin, just tryin.

Your Idea of Beautiful

Written By: Cecily Bumbray,NiiQuaye Aryee

V1:
Midnight humming sweetly
Mystery of you near me
We’ve done it all before
And I can taste it once again

Your smile unwraps me
Comforted disarmingly
There’s a softness to you
But you still won’t release

Pre-chorus 1:
I’ve told you all my flaws
And half my mistakes
Bared every inch to you
And let me ego ache
All because…

Chorus:
I just wanna be your beautiful
I just wanna be your beautiful
Your idea of beautiful

I just wanna be your beautiful
Can I be your beautiful?
I just wanna be your beautiful everyday

V2:
Two months til I see you again
And still I’m willing to let you in
Been craving the depth of your voice
And the spirit in your hands

Pre-chorus 2:
Can’t seem to find your flaws
Ignored your mistakes
Bared every inch to you
And let my ego ache
All because…

Chorus:
I just wanna be your beautiful
I just wanna be your beautiful
Your idea of beautiful

I just wanna be your beautiful
Can I be your beautiful?
I just wanna be your beautiful everyday

Grow

Written By: Cecily Bumbray,John Daise,Jason Edwards

V1:
I got in my car
And rolled my windows down
And sang a song
I needed to feel the sound

It’s been along week
With changes I didn’t see
But I can’t be
Melancholy

Cause joy is natural
It’s natural to me
So I release
All despondency

Into the breeze
Into the melody
Return to peace
Ride into Freedom

Chorus:
Don’s stop!
Don’t stop, don’t stop no
You must grow
Go within
Cause you must grow

V2:
The whole seems lost
(Don’t be afraid)
But I feel helpless
(It’ll be ok)
Too many hurt
(Don’t you run away no)
Too many being selfish
(Don’t you be selfish)
Cause deep down in my heart I know
(Feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it)
That I can do more
(Do it, do it, do it, do it)
To remind us all
(Don’t you forget)
That we were born for Freedom
(Freedom)

Chorus:
Don’s stop!
Don’t stop, don’t stop no
You must grow
Go within
Cause you must grow
You must grow!

Outro:
Sing
Dance
Cry
Laugh
Do
Be
You

Don't Hide the Sun

Written By: Cecily Bumbray,Aaron Abernathy

Chorus 1:
Don’t hide the sun
It feels so damn good on my face
Don’t hide the sun
I feels so damn good on my face

V1:
Head resting on a cloud
Grass in between my toes
Stretched out into myself
I just wanna be here with me
Right here, right now

Chorus 2:
Don’t hide the sun
It feels so damn good on my face
Don’t hide the sun
Don’t close the curtains honey

Bridge:
I won’t run from myself today
Won’t run from myself today
Won’t run from myself

Won’t run from myself today
Won’t run from myself today
Won’t run from myself, self

Chorus:
Don’t hide the sun
It feels so damn good on my face
Don’t hide the sun
Doesn’t it feel sooo good to be alive…

Outro:
Right here, right now
To be alive
Right here, right now,

Discography

Songs of Love and Freedom - LP, May 2018

Pisces 
- single, March 2018

Cecily - EP, May 2015

Heaven In Your Eyes - single, September 2013

Too Much  - single, August 2012

Set List

Originals:
Too Much
Heaven In Your Eyes
You Are
Used To Being Happy
Real Love

Covers:
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
Someone Like You - Adele
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Like A Star - Corrinne Bailey Rae
Jailer - Asa
At Last - Etta James
I'd Rather Be With You - Terry Callier
Daddy - Emeli Sande
Breaking The Law - Emeli Sande
Au Cinema - Lianne LaHavas
In My Evolution - Emily King
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Lauryn Hill
Sweet Thing - Chaka Khan
Pretty Wings - Maxwell
Who's Loving You - Michael Jackson
A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
Black Butterfly - Deniece Williams
Betcha' By Golly Wow - Phyllis Hyman
Night Light - Jessie Ware

And a Variety of other tunes