It’s an Indie Thing

Since October is A&R month, Pete Dyson has been giving the Berklee Valencia business students some great insight to the ins and outs of A&R.  Accordingly, an unsigned artist that I think could be successful in the music industry is described below:

Hailing from the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) area, 24-year-old Cecily has decided that her singer and songwriter talents need to be shared beyond her home base, with the world.

This indie artist embodies an Acoustic Pop Soul flavor inspired by the sounds of Lauryn Hill, Adele, and Erykah Badu. As explained by Cecily, “It’s Acoustic because I like to work with real musicians and real instrumentation. It’s Pop because it has crossover appeal, and it’s Soul because it gives you that warm, soulful feeling, like back in the day.”

She is currently working with Grammy Award winning producer and arranger Benjamin Wright to complete her first album. Being a recent college graduate can inhibit some dream chasers when it comes to funding personal projects, but not Cecily. Last year she launched an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to help raise money to finish her album. The campaign is ongoing and the link to that project is below:

One of Cecily’s greatest musical accomplishments to date, has been the iTunes release of her single “Heaven in Your Eyes” featuring Washington DC native, Tabi Bonney. To checkout some of her music, interviews, and a cappella covers visit her YouTube channel:


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