Origin: Santa Barbara, CA
Years Active: 2011- Present
Label: Unsigned Independent
Cecilia James is a songwriter and visual artist from Santa Barbara, California. Set to dreamy guitar-based arrangements, her blend of conceptual and autobiographical writing favors nuance over flair and is ripe with a melodic sweetness that allows intimacy to become a calm and sublime feeling. Her debut EP, Different Ground, will be out July 30th, 2021.
April 30, 2021
Cecilia James' My Name Is To Call is an Intimate, Haunting, and Heartbreaking Saga of Lost Love
“My Name Is To Call” is a haunting and heartbreaking saga emphasized by James delicate vocal cadence, which works to great emotional effect, fluctuating alongside the song’s chord progressions to enhance the drama inside the relationship-focused narrative.
May 7, 2012
My Name Is To Call” is a superb work of art and a wonderful introduction to an impressive new artist worthy of everyone’s attention.
The black and white video introduces itself as a “song and film”, with overlaying imagery of Cecilia singing merged with overlaying vocal harmonies that together birth a numinous quality to the experience.
May 17, 2021
BEHIND THE “MY NAME IS TO CALL” INSPIRATION PLAYLIST
BY CECILIA JAMES
Cecilia curated a playlist of tracks that she pulled inspiration from while writing her latest single, 'My Name Is To Call' and put together beautiful open letter to readers where she explores the impact of each song on her creative identity and growth as an artist.
July 1, 2021
CECILIA JAMES – PRETTY IN YOUR EYES
The second single from the Santa Barbara-based starlet’s debut EP, Different Ground, “Pretty In Your Eyes” offers another glimpse at the budding songwriter’s intimate style with a stunning video that takes after the goth-inspired imagery of cult TV and cinema classics Twin Peaks and The Virgin Suicides.
New Music Sunday - May 5, 2021
My Name Is To Call’ carries a noticeable increase in both atmosphere and depth. Everything about this track’s melody, from Cecilia’s beautiful vocals, to the soothing guitar strings, carry a very resonant feel; one that will undoubtedly soak the soul of the listener.
May 12, 2021
A 70’s fever dream with gothic overtones, Cecilia James’ debut single & music video for “My Name Is To Call”
It matches the ever-building nature of the melody, feverish with the ups and downs of the pain and beauty of love. Her voice echos like Phoebe Bridgers with the soul of Joni Mitchell.
June 17, 2021
Today, we’re premiering her new single “Pretty In Your Eyes” from her upcoming debut EP Different Ground dropping in July.
"I wrote this song when I was so young, and it really helped me process this shift and grow from it. It has served as a reminder as I move through life to stay connected to myself. While the song itself may be sad and angsty, it’s really about growth and finding your own sense of identity outside of other people.
July 17 2021
CECILIA JAMES RELEASES ANOTHER MAJESTIC
SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EP
Once again Cecilia’s voice is majestic and angelic, as sultry as it is divine, and it shines on this track incredibly well as the melody is dynamic, catchy yet still brooding, allowing room for Cecilia’s vocal range to wander and explore.