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|Birth Name||Cecile Charlton|
|Born||24 February 1976 in Porus Manchester Jamaica|
Jamaican recording artist Ce’Cile, most notably the self-imposed Bad Gyal is on a mission – Jamaicanizing the globe with her new album “JAMAICANIZATION”. This innovative, witty, intelligent and creative diva has proven time and time again that she has the components for making hit songs.
It’s her flair for controversy that has kept media and fans alike tuned in whether she flows over traditional Reggae beats or hits homeruns with pulsating Dancehall riddims.
From the beginning Ce’Cile has been an innovator and kept tongues wagging since first breaking into the Dancehall scene with the self-produced, shockingly refreshing and thought provoking smash ”Changez” designed as a marketing ploy by poking fun at her male counterparts. Rhythmically inventive and catchy, it shot across dancehall’s macho braggadocio, light-heartedly lampooning the music’s biggest male names with unflattering speculation on their bedroom performance. Not surprisingly, it won her a legion of female fans.
Ce’Cile is a deadly combination of sex appeal with veracity and though dancehall for the most part is hugely a testosterone-driven sphere, to miss Ce’Cile is to miss half the story. She writes lyrics that other females shy away from for fear of being shunned in Jamaica’s male dominated music scene. Being the most outspoken, especially on issues concerning women, Ce’Cile has never felt trapped from expressing her stance as being bold, calculating and brutally honest in her lyrics and subject matter.
One of her earlier hit songs “Give It To Me” (Coolie Dance riddim), requested reciprocal oral treatment (a taboo in Jamaica) was just as demanding and it was blatantly in your face. “Can You Do Di Wuk” a duet with Sean Paul landed on his Grammy winning multi – platinum selling album “Dutty Rock” and is a testament to her “bad gyal” demeanor. This track became a natural pick for DJs worldwide and made it possible for her to join Sean in Europe during his Dutty Rock tour for several shows including; the Europe MTV Awards pre-party and Wembly Stadium in the UK.
Ce’Cile’s 2008 album “Bad Gyal” was the bestselling Jamaican Reggae album in Germany and landed her a performing spot on the BMX World Championship party in Cologne. On her first album “Bad Gyal”, she delved into other taboos with songs “Faking” disclosing the too often issue of women have to resort to that level in order to pacify their partner’s inadequate performance and the playful “Talk Talk”, revealing the fact that many women are not above sampling their friend’s goodies due to the information they over confide about their man. This song was so popular in Germany that it landed her a feature in Playboy’s German magazine.
With her new album “JAMAICANIZATION”, Ce’Cile again delivers a balanced musical meal with a mixture of soundmen MC’d intro’s and appetizer interludes, warms up your palate with one-drop reggae tracks and gives you the main course over upbeat dancehall with bold dance floor hits as your desert. The entire album leaves you with the sense you’ve tasted a full plate of Jamaican culture. Out of the 16 songs that comprise this album, 13 tracks are exclusive to the album a departure from the normal Dancehall Reggae albums. German’s top urban producer, Ben Bazzazian produced 9 tracks on the album which is monumental for a Dancehall Reggae artist.
Ce’Cile’s signature sound has always been a combination of sultry singing, along with finely honed deejaying, which has left in her wake a string of ‘Ce’Cile knockoffs’ that have started emulating her pioneering style, but Ce’Cile maintains she is a full package that can never be duplicated.
Ce’Cile has been widely acknowledged with the bevy of award nominations received during her career which include capturing accolades for; the Irie Jam Radio Awards, Jamaican Federation of Musicians, IRAWMA awards, South Florida Reggae Awards, Stone Love Awards, Star Awards, Richie B’s awards, Tamika Awards and more. To date, Ce’Cile is still one of the few Dancehall artists to be featured in Source Magazine, Vibe Magazine, XLR8R Magazine and the German edition of Playboy Magazine.
Ce’Cile yearly tours the Caribbean, USA and Europe bringing her fresh style to all audiences; proving she is as comfortable on stage in front of an arena of over 30,000 as she is in front of a small club audience of 300. Her hard work has left her footprints all over the Caribbean, America, Japan, Australia, Europe, and Africa – where she is one of most in demand Reggae acts.
Each year Ce’Cile frequents the renowned festivals in Europe, performing at: Geel, Summer Jam, Rototom, Dour, Splash, Chiemsee Reggae, Juicy Beats, Sziget and more. She is the only female Dancehall Reggae recording artist from Jamaica who has performed at these festivals repeatedly.
In Germany alone, Ce’Cile has beaten out mainstream acts like Black Eye Peas, Ray J, Eminem, Kid Cudi and Gwinwuine for the number one position on the Black German music charts. This groundwork in the German market has led to crossover hits like: “Rude Bwoy Thug Life”, “Hot Like We” – which was repackaged in a Bravo Black Hits compilation and video viewership resulted in over 1.5 million views.
One of Ce’Cile’s more popular songs in Europe “Talk Talk” was recorded on a remake of one of House producers Blank & Jones riddim creations. Ce’Cile reached the #20 position in the UK POP Charts in 2010 with the collaboration “Gold Dust” produced by DJ Fresh [London]. Other genre-crossing collaborations included singles with British break beat producers Stanton Warriors and the electronica wizard Amon Tobin. Ce’Cile also opened for the sold out tour for Peter Fox (lead singer of Seeed) making history as the largest successful tour in all of 2009 in Germany.
Overall Ce’Cile has managed to secure collaborations throughout her career with elite artists including; Trina, Shaggy, Timberland, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Lady Saw and Olivia. Check out new 2012 collaborations “Boys’ by Bonde Do Role featuring Ce’Cile and Galaxies and Stars Doctor P featuring Cecile. Ce’Cile has come this far by doing things her own way, in her eyes being true to herself and her music is why she is Jamaica’s most loved Bad Gyal. Such an uncompromising attitude makes Ce’Cile truly an original voice.