ARTIST BIO (Short version)
Cecilia Ferneborg is a singer and songwriter from Vansbro, Sweden. A remarkable vocalist with a creative passion, Ms. Ferneborg seamlessly blends jazz, pop, and folk into compositions of "lyrical velvet" (AXS). Her electric stage presence and deep musicality has captured audiences at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the Northeastern and Southern United States, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Center City Jazz Fest, the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC, MusikFest, and World Cafe Live.
ARTIST BIO (Full version)
Cecilia Ferneborg is a singer and songwriter from the rural town of Vansbro, Sweden. Born to an American mother and Swedish father, her early childhood was spent immersed in traditional music from both countries. Ms. Ferneborg's interest in music continued and she relocated to the United States in her late teens. While studying jazz voice at Temple University, she set roots in the thriving music community of Philadelphia where she started writing music that reflected her inner and outer life's journeys. A remarkable vocalist with a creative passion, Ms. Ferneborg seamlessly blends jazz, pop, and folk into compositions of “lyrical velvet” (AXS). Her electric stage presence and deep musicality has captured audiences at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the Northeastern and Southern United States.
Cecilia Ferneborg has toured semi-nationally in the US and has performed as a solo artist and with various groups at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Center City Jazz Fest '16, the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC, PAFA, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bethlehem MusikFest, Ardmore Music Hall, World Cafe Live, the Tin Angel, Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe, Media Arts Fest and more.
Besides singing, composing, and recording her own music, she leads swing band Anna Cecilia & the Big Time. You can hear her live and on recordings with her collaborative folk trio Ladybird.
"Ms. Ferneborg’s vocals combined Ella Fitzgerald’s scat with Louis Armstrong’s phrasing, delivered in a voice reminiscent of Helen Humes"
-Bruce Klauber, Broad Street Review
"...intoxicating lyrical velvet"
- Allen Foster, AXS
"...I couldn’t believe my ears. How is it possible that a sultry Jazz Age voice, with all its nuances and longing, could come from a singer in her 20s? If I closed my eyes, I could even hear the scratchiness of an old 78 rpm record."
-Stacia Friedman, Chestnut Hill Local
"Vocalist Cecilia Ferneborg working her way around the melody in refreshing ways...her voice held its own beautifully with the band, and they shared a wonderful dialogue."
-Glen Providence Park recap