Cecily Bumbray

“Her celestial vocal register and authentic lyrics place her in a lane that few can occupy.” – Soulbounce  

DC-based vocalist and songwriter Cecily, (pronounced ses-suh-lee), is known for her agile soprano and  honest lyrics. Her sound, as soothing as it is rich, is rooted in a deep appreciation for mid-century soul  and jazz, 90’s R&B, and re-imagined folk music. 

Her debut album Songs of Love and Freedom garnered her a 2019 Wammie Award for Best Soul Album  and was named “Best New Soul on Bandcamp” by the Bandcamp editorial team, who described the  project as “stirringly timeless and modern.”  

Cecily’s 2019 release exploring unconditional love, Awakening Pt. 1. landed her first SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, a 2020 Indie Soul Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year and a 2020 Wammie Award for Best Soul Song for her single, “Clumsy,” which BET.com praised for its “gorgeously sultry vocals.” The project was also named “Best New Soul on Bandcamp” by Chaka Grier of  the Bandcamp editorial team, who praised her ability to blend “top-notch songwriting and thoughtful  self-reflection with a gentle jazz-influenced sound.” 

Awakening Pt.II, Cecily’s eagerly anticipated continuation of the critically acclaimed Awakening Pt. 1 is set to be released in Spring 2023. The album interweaves Cecily’s life experiences with inspiration from the book All About Love by Black feminist writer bell hooks. 

Over her career, Cecily has remained committed to creating work that celebrates vulnerability as a strength, unconditional love as a grounding principle, and joy as an innate human right.