Cecil creates anthem for knife crime project ‘Ceasefire’
24 December 2019
Cecil (who this year supported Clean Bandit and Tom Odell on tour, headlined a BBC Introducing stage, is heralded by by the BBC, Clash, Line of Best Fit and, The Sun and is The Independent’s ‘Ones To Watch In 2019’ artist) is launching Project Ceasefire, whose MO is to keep those affected by knife crime, gun crime and youth violence connected to each other.
Project Ceasefire is a place where all those affected by the current epidemic that plagues the country can connect and support one another. Many of the families affected by knife crime have set up foundations in honour of those who they lost and do incredible things in their community and are fighting for changes in how youth crime is treated.
Project Ceasefire will shine a light on the work they do and bring awareness to people in their communities. These foundations offer support and opportunities for young people in areas such as education and sports. Youth crime is something Cecil feels passionately about after hearing about a fatal stabbing in her area.
She says “I was returning from the studio and my road was blocked due to an incident involving some young boys, which sadly resulted in someone being fatally stabbed and losing their life. The people with me commented ‘another stabbing’ almost as if it was normal. The fact that people are beginning to view this as normal struck a nerve in me and I wanted to do something to help towards the problem the country faces. There are far too many young lives being wasted so I hope my efforts contribute towards a better tomorrow and help prevent people from losing their lives to knife crime.”
More on Cecil: 2018 was a busy year for Cecil after she was nominated for ‘Best Solo Female’ at The U.M.A’s (Unsigned Music Awards) which led to Cecil having a jam packed Summer and taking to some big stages alongside some big names around the UK. Cecil opened the main stage at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival, Liverpool Sound City amongst the likes of Sam Fender & Grace Carter and her name also appeared alongside the likes of Jess Glynne, Razorlight, Chase & Status and many more. Cecil was also chosen from hundreds of acts by the BBC to warm up for the legendary Grace Jones with the BBC Introducing. Her solo skills at the piano also landed her a spot at The Royal Hampton Court warming up for another legendary figure in the shape of Jools Holland. Cecil takes a methodical and timeless approach to her music to create something truly unique. Born and raised in Berkshire with family roots hailing from Manchester. Cecil takes her name along with a heavy amount of inspiration from her pioneering broadcasting producer Great Uncle, Cecil McGivern. He wrote several radio plays for BBC Radio during World War II, was responsible for broadcasting the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 and is also responsible for the screenplay for the original 1946 version of Charles Dickens famous novel “Great Expectations”. Cecil’s writing has influences of her Great Uncle’s penmanship infused into her music today.