Meet Cedrice Ce, singer/songwriter from San Diego, CA, changing lives, and known by many as the goddess in Season 18 of The Voice. Her soulful style, genre versatility, smooth tone, and musical retention made her a huge standout in the show. She’s now embraced as an inspiration and light to those with alopecia. Diagnosed at age ten after losing chunks of hair, she endured severe bullying and fell into depression. She tried wearing wigs, but always felt she was hiding her real identity. Along her musical journey, Cedrice decided to embrace what made her unique and began shaving her head. With the power back in her hands, she boldly took the stage and started singing publicly in her natural hair. She has a brand new single out called “Room to Grown” available on various platforms.
Recently we got to talking about her musical journey and how alopecia has impacted her as an artist. Here are extracts from our conversation.
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Her learnings from The Voice show
- To prepare for the big stage, you need to start seasoning yourself early. It gives you a better sense of the kind of performer you are and enables you to choose the songs that fit you well.
- Take auditions seriously, have a sense of self, and let your artistry emerge more naturally.
- You must be willing to sacrifice. Cedrice had to uproot her whole life and dedicate a lot of time to participating in the show starting mid last year.
Cedrice’s philosophy of living unapologetically – “I feel like the older I get, the less I care.”
- Cedrice got the phrase from the short film Play Out Loud. It means to have the audacity to live your life, practise your craft, and show people what you’re made of.
- She says the thought came to her when she was writing an invoice to a client for one of her performances.
- She says, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my personal, musical and spiritual life, I’m at the point where I’m like let me try and do it right this time.”
What it’s been like dealing with alopecia how it impacts her career – “Music gave me something to focus on outside of my wig, outside of my clothes.”
Cedrice credits fellow artiste, Malachi, for helping her overcome her identity crisis. She says that in the middle of one of her gigs, she simply gathered the courage to take off her wig on stage, and has never looked back since then.
She says that having people that look up to her helps. More importantly, she says, “I’m just living my life and trying to be comfortable with myself… when people give feedback on how I inspire them, I tell them I’m just living.”
She adds, “You can look different or have something that’s eccentric, as long as you’re okay with it, people become okay with it.”
What does she want people to understand about alopecia?
“When people with alopecia see me on stage doing my thing with confidence, it gives them some sense of normalcy,” she says.
She would like to encourage people without alopecia, especially teenagers, not to laugh at those who are living with the condition because it’s very hurtful. She says no matter what your age, losing your hair like that can feel as if you’ve lost a limb, so people should be more sensitive.
However, having the condition is a normal thing that shouldn’t stop you from living your life. “Give yourself permission to be yourself,” is the advice she gives to people living with the condition.
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Hi! I’m Danielle Tucker – singer, vocal coach, and lead vocalist of The Mighty Untouchables band.
Throughout my 20-year career, I’ve equally enjoyed singing country, rock, pop, gospel, and jazz. Today, I’m a professional singer/songwriter available for solo performances, studio recording, and lead vocalist of San Diego-based band The Mighty Untouchables. I also offer vocal coaching to both solo artists and groups through my own studio. I’ve crafted a rewarding vocal career, and it’s my great pleasure to bring music to others through private bookings, performing with my band, or helping others to grow more confident in their own vocal gifts. Thanks for visiting my site I’m honored that you’d like to get to know me!