Cecil Holden

Cecil Holden

    Official Biography (courtesy of Cecil Holden)

    His fans remember him as Cecil "Homeboy" Lyde and artist whose musical talent has been unmistakable since he was three years old. 

    At the age of ten, after winning a talent contest at the Club Delisa, Chicago's celebrated night spot, he was offered contracts by several major recording companies. 

    Wisely turning them all down, his mother encouraged Cecil to finish is education instead.Refining hs skills during his teen years, 

    Cecil began to work with many of the Chicago' great musical talents of the time. Curtis Mayfield, The Chi-Lites, Gene "Duke of Earl" Chandler, Major Lance and Barbara Aklin were among his early mucical mentors.

    "Music has been in my soul all my life," he says. "I knew when I was very young that I was put on this earth to share the talent God gave me". 

    The Capitol records release of his regional hit Experience II, "Bout time I Told You" convinced Cecil a move to the west coast was necessary to take the next step.  In the 1980's he embarked upon a solo career, refining his studio know-how along with is ever-increasing musical output. Utilizing the genius of many of Chicago's and L.A.'s finest sessions player, over the next thirty years, Cecil produced and recorded six classic R&B albums.

    The rise of the internet has sparked worldwide airplay and over due appreciation for his brilliance. Audiences and aficionados from Beijing to Great Britain have discovered his unique style and made him a favorite internet radio artist. 

    Featured Album - ASCENDANT - Illuminate: Yellow
    Choice Cut - Fred Reed - "Tug Of War"