Ce'Cile, otherwise known as the 'Bad Gyal' of Dancehall, is a Jamaican recording artist most notable for her raw and untamed musical style, and unique creativity that is very much unlimited. This super talented diva has remained a breath of fresh air on the Dancehall scene, due to the fact that she's ever evolving and taking her career to higher heights. It's quite difficult to drop the entertainer into one category, as she continues to switch things up while maintaining 'Ce'Cile' on anything she creates. With a stage presence far from rehearsed, and personality you never tire of, Ce'Cile has always captivated her audiences around the world. On her latest work of art, Ce'Cile is giving fans the real side of herself; delivering her usual sex appeal, fused into rock steady Reggae jams and tasteful Dancehall numbers. "Jamaicanization" is her latest album and It's truly worth a listen. Be sure to show your support and purchase it on iTunes now. And with the release of the album the artist has been quite caught up with promotions, so it's hard to believe she had time for an interview. Check out her latest music video for a sensual medley of "When You're Gone" and "Missing You" below, and read on to learn more about Ce'Cile in our exclusive interview:
EY: Can you share a little with us about what life was like for you growing up in Jamaica?
CC: Honestly I don’t remember much about growing up except reading a lot; my mom moved about with us quite a bit, from Porus where she is from, to Mile Gully, then back to Porus and then on to Mandeville where I consider my home. So from there the memories are of my friends, and the wonderful times I had in Mandeville which is or was such a beautiful, quiet town where everyone knew everyone. We had manners to each other for the most part and I felt very safe, walking on the streets home from school, or even at midnight from the club, those were the days.
EY: When did you realize you wanted to become an entertainer?
CC: I think from as early on as I can remember. As I said, I read a lot and I was always attracted to the hype kinda life in the books I read; oh actually at one point I wanted to be a spy cause I used to read all those spy books and I was totally feeling the spy girl thing. My mom loves music and she had her radio on twenty four seven and I remember always singing along with it, then one day I heard Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love” and I think from then my fate was basically decided.
EY: Describe your musical style and what sets it apart from the rest.
CC: Well, the fact that I don’t have any one style is what’s unique about me. A lot of Jamaicans don’t know the extent of the works I’ve been featured on all over the world, but I do from dubstep, to break beat, to eletronica, to hip hop, ballads, garage and jungle from back in the day. I’ve been featured on a lot of other types of genres all over the world; I can jump on anything and still maintain “Ce’Cile” on it, case in point I did “Gold Dust” in 2010 with DJ fresh; it went top twenty on the UK pop charts same year and its like dub step, YouTube it.
EY: Being a female artist trying to make it in a male dominated genre like Dancehall is considerably tough. How do you maintain your focus over the years and not let the stereotypes prevent you from doing what you love?
CC: I’ve just done things my way and I don’t focus on being a female, I focus on competing with anyone that’s hot, and it just so happens most times those people are males. I also am not the artist to go out and complain about poeple fighting me, I feel if something is not happening for me then I’m not working hard enough, so I work harder. NO excuses.
As for stereotyping and stuff like that, I do music for people but at the end of the day I live how I want to live, so that means being true to “CeCile” at all times. And I’m so crazy with all that I do musically I don’t think anyone can place me in any box or corner.
EY: Tell us about your debut song “Changez”, which stirred up some controversy due to the fact that you called out a number of male artists.
CC: ooh lord, we still talking about this? lol. “Changez” was done for this same reason, to get people to talk, and in that way introducing me, the new artist to the world; as you can see it worked. Just another example of how I do things, its just cleverly written and it didn’t happen by accident, everything about Changez was planned, and ten years later I can’t get rid of it… 8)
EY: That song was indeed a marketing strategy to get their attention and announce yourself in the industry. Were you surprised by its positive reception?
CC: Nah I wasn’t surprised. I wanted this type of reception and reaction so I embraced it; however, it would have done me no good had I stayed in that lane, it was all bout getting peoples attention but then doing better music to hold the said attention. You have to grow and reinvent, and keep relevant. I wouldn’t do “Changez” today.
EY: Ok let’s talk about your latest album “Jamaicanization”, in terms of the concept behind it and how the album differs from your last.
CC: I think the last album/albums were basically compiling some Ce’Cile work on a CD. “Jamaicanization” is just a nice planned musical Journey that I wanted to share with the real Ce’Cile fans who would like to see the real side of me and not just the music and singles I do to keep up with the market. This is more about how I think and view things and how I’d be if I wasn’t writing for juggling rhythms; its much more deeper and more personal, more classy, more the kinda music you can play on a long drive to somewhere, or you could play at home on a sunday and feel good about yourself I think. It was also about country; I wanted to include Ce’Cile being Jamaican on this album, so thats where the name and album concept came from. I wanted people to see the album and pick it up even if they didnt really know who Ce’Cile was, even if its just cause they loved something about Jamaica.
EY: You write songs that are fun, sexy, empowering, and thought provoking. Where do you get your inspiration from?
CC: Inspiration comes from life and living. I’m able to transition anything unto a track and many people don’t really know how to do that so others like it, for me its very very easy. You can tell me about your dog and I could write about that and turn it into a wonderful love song, its just what I do. If people knew the stories behind some of the songs I sing, they’d be very surprised.
EY: Fans describe your stage presence as energetic with lots of sex appeal. How do you prepare for a show, and other than Jamaica, where would you say is your favorite place to perform?
CC: I dont prepare really, except when I’m working with my band in europe or on something like Sumfest. Honestly, for me it seems fake when everything is all rehearsed, and I think that’s why Jamaicans have such an appeal on stage cause most tihngs are real and spontaneous, and even the gaffs can be funny.
Fav place to perform is Europe and now Kenya.
EY: Besides entertainment, what else do you want listeners to take from your music?
CC: Anything they want to. Music is about expression. Music is like poetry. One is able to take some thing from it that might not necessarily be what the author was showcasing, I’m an A student in English Literature and I remember coming up with so many scenarios from poems, and I think that’s the beauty about music, it can be interpreted in so many ways.
EY: Not only are you a talented DJ, fans also add fashionable diva to your name. Your sense of style is just amazing. Would you ever consider being a fashion designer some day?
CC: Yes! I actually wanna do a fragrance line and a shoes and handbag line in the future, and also weaves cause i wear them so much.
EY: Ce’Cile, how do you feel about your accomplishments so far and where do you hope to go next?
CC: I’m very happy with my success because I’ve worked arduously over the years and I’ve been very dedicated to my craft. However, I’m my own worst critic and I know I could have done much better and can still do better, so of course I want more and I hope to achieve much much much more.
Thank you so much for the interview.
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