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Ithaca, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Ithaca, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter




"Live CT Gig"

Cielle's music was touching. Her words spoke to me and that is not always the case. Someone to watch for. - New Fan

"What a Pleasure!"

Cielle is an engaging performer with a warm personality that shows in her songs.
Very relaxing and enjoyable original tunes that keep you listening all night long!
- Owner of Jitters Coffeehouse


"Out of Bounds" 2001



Listen to Cielle (CL) once, and you'll find yourself listening again and then again, the music settling into you. Each song grows from a fertile personal place, yet resounds with universality. Her voice first arrests you with its directness and strength; you feel tenderness, delight and release when Cielle sings, even when the lyrics tell of sorrows and struggles.
Born of African American and European French decent, Cielle has lived and traveled around the world; France, England, Ghana West Africa, and New Zealand, finally rooting in Ithaca New York. Self taught and passionately inspired music has always been in her history, her father having lead his band Benny Layton and the Rhythm Kings in which world famous pianist Billy Taylor played at age 14. Cielle first appeared as a back-up singer in the Boston based band Third Estate while maintaining solo performances as an original singer/songwriter. Upon moving to Ithaca, Cielle sang back-up for the R&B band Teddy Antrum. Her success as a back up vocalist and with the encouragement of fans lead Cielle to branch off on her own launching her solo debut and first CD "Out of Bounds" in 2001. Currently, Cielle performs in New York and throughout the northeast and often is joined by other proficient musicians creating duos, trios and full bands. 
Cielle continues to study with well-known improvisation vocalists including Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin and while influenced by many other vocal greats, Cielle's voice, style and power are all her own.