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Cecily / Press

"Cecily is a talented vocalist out of Washington D.C. who dazzles with her pipes. “Heaven In Your Eyes” featuring Tabi Bonney is a fun and light R&B song that is reminiscent of early Brandy. Then prayers are answered and she gives a strong and bold acapella performance with “Too Much.” The one thing you need in R&B is the ability to tear down walls with your range and emotion. Cecily has that. Even with “Used To Being” she’s able to capture spirits with her over joyous performance. If you’re a fan of true R&B that is all about the voice, then check out Cecily. (https://soundcloud.com/cecily-music)"

"Mz Mahogany Chic, media sponsor of the 2013 5th Annual DC RAWards, is giving you a taste of each semi-finalist. Cecily, competing for the ‘Musician of the Year’ title, tells us about her inspiration and sense of style when it comes to the entertainment industry! What inspired you to start singing? It was very simple. I liked the sound of my voice. I enjoyed listening to myself and the way the vibrations felt in my body. Once I realized that I liked it, I wanted to become better at it, so I began taking voice lessons at the age of 12."

“After the full-day of learning MailChimp sponsored a cocktail party at the Epicurean & Co. restaurant on the campus. This is where I met Cecily. This sweet woman is a singer and songwriter from here in the DC area. Her music is self described as “Acoustic Pop Soul” and she’s right. Not only does she sing wonderfully, but she’s got personality to boot. Cecily recently released Heaven in Your Eyes a single which is available on iTunes. She’s also performing LIVE on Thursday October 31, in the center of Washington, DC’s music scene, at Solly’s Tavern at 8PM EST. I love that she’s educating herself as an artist by keeping up with the trends in the music industry by attending events like the Future of Music Summit. Not only that, she’s constantly honing her craft, such as her appearances with We Are the 9, a singer songwriter series where 9 vocalists sing 27 original songs in one night.”

"In addition, recording Artist Cecily sung her hit single “Too Much” and an oldie but goodie “Black Butterfly”. Her performances received rousing round applause from guests in attendance."

"A young, up and coming artist based in DC, Cecily, also graced the stage with her amazing vocals. This very talented young woman performed a song by an artist in Nigeria as well as one of her own works. Cecily’s vocal range and stage presence were breathtaking and certainly left the audience wanting more. "

“I am inspired by my audiences. I am inspired by people who come up and tell me that my voice touched their spirits, that they were moved in some way by my performance. I also love to sing! I love getting better at expressing myself vocally & the joy I get from improving – being able to hold a note longer or sing a phrase with better dynamics – keeps me going as well. ”

“Have you ever wondered who among Swarthmore alumni are on Twitter? Perhaps not surprisingly, the Twitter-verse is full of active, engaged alums representing a broad range of professions and interests. This is far from a comprehensive list. But, with seven decades represented, it does offer a glimpse of who you might find should you want to start following Swarthmore alums. #19. Cecily Bumbray '12: @CecilyAlexa & @ Cecily_Music Read about Bumbray's journey as a singer and songwriter, and the countdown to her new releases.”

“I have always been health conscious, since I can remember, so it seemed like a good idea. I told my mother I wanted to become vegetarian and she said, “Start today,” so I did. I would say to any young black person out there and to any person of color who does not live in a major city that you’ve got to be strong and you’ve got to truly ignore other people sometimes. They will not understand. They will make you feel like an alien just because you won’t eat a hamburger. You’ve got to realize that you chose the path you are on for a reason and that it is your journey and no one else’s. So stay strong!”

“The entertainment industry is notorious for recycling the status quo and repackaging it for mass consumption. But for singer and songwriter Cecily Bumbray '12, the real achievement of following a dream is staying true to yourself and your vision. "The entertainment industry is intimidating partly because people are always pushing you to sound, look and be like other people. For me, being a Swattie has helped me not to give into that pressure," Bumbray says. "Swarthmore really embraces the individuality of each person and I think that is something to which I'm dedicated to staying true." One of Bumbray's most recent visions to become a reality is a music video for "Too Much," a soulful single she co-wrote with Anthony Montalbano '12. Vaneese Thomas '74, director of the College's Alumni Gospel Choir, arranged and produced the single. Tayarisha Poe '12 served as director. According to Sherry Bellamy '74, Bumbray's mother, the single is "a love story that begins sweetly, ends sadly, and”

“Since graduation this May, Cecily Bumbray ’12 has energetically pursued a career as a singer-songwriter. And while she’s only been gone for a little more than three months, last Thursday Bumbray returned to Swarthmore—not to visit old friends and professors, reminisce, or casually revel in the vibrant late summer arboretum colors, but instead to film part of the music video for her first single, “Too Much,” on LPAC’s main stage. Following the first networking activity, there was a performance by singer, Cecily Brumbay, a student at Swarthmore College. She sang a cover of Like A Star by Corinne Bailey Rae and did an amazing job. Sometimes, when singers cover a song by another artist, they tend to imitate them too much. Cecily did a great job at making the song her own and letting everyone in attendance hear how talented she is.”

“Since graduation this May, Cecily Bumbray ’12 has energetically pursued a career as a singer-songwriter. And while she’s only been gone for a little more than three months, last Thursday Bumbray returned to Swarthmore—not to visit old friends and professors, reminisce, or casually revel in the vibrant late summer arboretum colors, but instead to film part of the music video for her first single, “Too Much,” on LPAC’s main stage. Though her official major was in Political Science with a minor in Black Studies, Bumbray knew relatively early into her time at Swarthmore that she wanted to pursue a career in music. “The moment I decided that I wanted to be a singer and a performer instead of a diplomat was actually the summer after my freshman year at Swarthmore,” she says. “I went to Italy with my family to a music festival.… It was such an amazing week.… I was watching someone perform and I was just like, ‘You know, I want to do that.’ That moment is when I kind”

“Alums Collaborate on Music Video in LPAC”

““BACaSO” Show Embraces Vivid Cultural Ties Songstress Cecily (Swarthmore College ‘12) delighted the audience with her tremendous vocal abilities showcased in her single “Crazy for You.” Cecily is set to pursue her career as a solo artist after graduating college but in the meantime, her song “Crazy for You” will be available to download on Valentine’s Day.”

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