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Cecilia Ferneborg is a vocalist, composer, and vocal instructor from Vansbro, Sweden. Cecilia now resides in Philadelphia, PA, where she writes and performs melodic and fresh jazz, folk, and pop music deeply rooted in emotion and life experience. Her music is lyrically driven in English and Swedish. Ms. Ferneborg’s voice has been described as “intoxicating lyrical velvet” (AXS).
Cecilia draws from her eclectic roots with jazz arrangements of Swedish traditional music, tunes from the American Songbook, and American folk songs. Cecilia places an emphasis on blending musical traditions, paying respect to her past and looking forward to create something new and exciting. From intricate improvisations over hard-swinging jazz standards to genre-bending originals, her show exemplifies her unique voice and extroverted personality. Cecilia's versatility and technical prowess speak of a deep understanding and love for music, and her performances are focused on connecting the audience to the music by telling her own story in a relatable way.
Cecilia Ferneborg has toured 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 with her solo project, she leads swing band Anna Cecilia & the Big Time, and 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
"the intoxicating lyrical velvet of Anna Cecilia"
- 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