CeCe Peniston’s first single, “Finally,” thrust her into the international spotlight and she has continued her success ever since. She is the girl that was born in Dayton, OH, and spent her formative years in Phoenix, AZ. CeCe’s smooth rhythmic vocal sounds have impressed many legends and high profile celebrities. Among the list of those who have personally requested Peniston at private engagements include Aretha Franklin at her private birthday celebration in Detroit, MI, Pope John Paul II in Rome at The Vatican, and President Bill Clinton at both of his inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C. Following the abolition of apartheid, CeCe was the first female entertainer to visit and perform in South Africa, before fellow recording artist Whitney Houston.
CeCe describes her own music as fun and youthful while at the same time signifying deep meaning. Her debut album released on A&M Records, Finally, an uplifting anthem that speaks to finally finding true love, sold over three million copies worldwide. “Finally,” the single, achieved #1 status on three Billboard carts, and also hit #2 in the United Kingdom. Finally, the album, was certified Gold or Platinum in the U.S., UK, Germany, Spain, Korea, Australia, South Africa, and Italy!
CeCe’s long awaited follow-up album, Thought ‘Ya Knew, spawned three #1 dance/club play hits (“I’m in the Mood,” “I’m Not Over You,” and “Hit by Love”), and named her as Billboard Magazine’s #1 Dance/Club Play Artist of 1994. Her third album, I’m Movin’ On, pointedly aimed for the R&B audience, was released in 1996. Between releases, CeCe made a classy jazz cameo on “Don’t Forget the Love,” from Jeff Lorber’s West Side Stories album, and recorded the gospel album, Good News in Hard Times, as a member of The Sisters of Glory, which also included Albertina Walker, Thelma Houston, and Phoebe Snow.
Following the release of her third album, CeCe took to the stage as Glinda the Good Witch in an all-star cast of The Wiz. In addition to this success, CeCe also toured with the hit stage plays, Treat Her Like a Lady and When a Woman is Fed Up. This Dayton Original is currently featured in TVOne’s hit series, UNSUNG!