CE CE PENISTON
view personal gallery
BIOGRAPHYCeCe began her recording career with A&M Records. Her debut album, Finally, achieved U.S. RIAA GOLD certification. The album's first single, "Finally" was a #1 Billboard hit and went multi-platinum worldwide. In addition to being featured on more than thirty compilation albums, CeCe thrust passed the one-hit wonder mark and continued to achieve Billboard Top Ten status with singles like: "We Got A Love Thang", "Keep On Walkin", I'm Not Over You" and her hit single released in 2001 "Lifetime To Love" which skyrocketed to #2 on the Billboard charts. All of her other singles released have achieved Top 40 status including: "Inside That I Cried", "Crazy Love", "I'm In The Mood", "Hit By Love", "Movin' On", "Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)" with MCA recording artist JoJo of KC & JoJo, "I Know That He Loves Me Too" and "Nobody Else".
CeCe continued to travel non-stop promoting her sophomore album release "Thought Ya Knew", and third release "Movin' On" and simultaneously touring to sold-out venues domestically and internationally in the Philippines, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Korea, Australia, South Africa and Italy. CeCe has made nine music videos, contributed her voice to numerous motion picture soundtracks, graciously allowed the Oprah Show to utilize two of her hits on request, performed live for the NBA, WNBA, and NFL. She also loaned her hit single "Finally" to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia and made numerous guest appearances on: Regis & Kathy Lee, Rosie O'Donnell, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, BET with Donnie Simpson, Ricki Lake, MTV, ShowTime At The Apollo, and VH1.
CeCe has successfully toured with Grace Jones, Peabo Bryson, Tasha Scott & Tony Terry. CeCe has also lent her talents to the theatre, in plays like "The Wiz", "Treat Her Like A Lady" and "When A Woman's Fed Up". She has also been requested personally by former President Bill Clinton to perform at both of his Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and performed at the Vatican for Pope John Paul. CeCe made history when she was the first female artist to perform in South Africa following the end of apartheid. Most recently, CeCe lent her voice to a character in an upcoming animated movie as well as the soundtrack, she is also in negotiations with Hallmark cards to use her hit song Finally for their musical cards line.
In the midst of such overwhelming success, CeCe has also been bestowed numerous awards including: Billboard Best New Artist & Best New Song of The Year, ASCAP Song of The Year & Pop Songwriter of The Year & Most Performed Song of The Year, Annual Winter Music Conference's Best New Dance Artist & Best Dance Artist Solo & Best 12" Dance Record, BMI Urban Award of Achievement. CeCe also has been a member of ASCAP since 1991 and has been successfully running her own production and publishing companies for many years.
CeCe makes time for a true passion in her life too, her charitable work. CeCe founded the CeCe Peniston Foundation in 1997 and has helped to raise funding for many other organizations involving particularly HIV, women and children in need, and hunger and equality. After the 9-1-1 tragedies Michael Jackson requested her presence for his "United We Stand" concert to benefit the families of 9-1-1. She has blazed a track on jazz artist, Jeff Larbes's album and two Phoenix Merry Christmas Arizona albums, with proceeds going to Multiple Sclerosis. She had been requested to perform for U.S. troops on the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower and has continued each year to travel to entertain the U.S. troops overseas.