cdlCecelia de Lisle, 24 years, is a singer songwriter based in West London. Born in London in 1984 she moved to Oxfordshire at the age of 2, and won a music scholarship to Cheltenham at 13 years old. She graduated from Kings College London in 2006. Classically trained, her voice is extremely versatile, and allows her to work on a variety of projects, from a classical group, to a rock project in America. She has recently got through to the regional final of the television show ‘Live and Unsigned’ a respected program for bands and solo artists displaying their own songs and unique sounds. Her own debut EP ‘The Other Side Of Yesterday’, will be released in late February and will be available to download on itunes. Visit www.ceceliadelisle.co.uk or www.myspace.com/ceceliadelisle

Have you always wanted to be a musician?

Well I’ve always wanted to sing. I used to watch ‘The Sound of Music’ non – stop and started singing lessons when I was nine. Being a musician just sort of happened from that I suppose.

How did you get to where you are today and would you do anything differently?

A very odd route, but then there doesn’t really seem to be any conventional way in this business! I worked in music management and that encouraged me to go for what I really love. I did an academic degree, and I guess if I were to do something differently it would possibly be to study music, however, it is nice having options. I certainly don’t feel trapped in music. I do it because I want to not because I have to.

Who helped you along the way?

Where to start? So many people, from my family and friends to some wonderful people who have displayed enormous faith and encouragement.

Who inspires you?

My late father is a huge inspiration. He told me not to give up and taught me to persevere.

cdl2Influences?

Musically I’m influenced by a huge range of styles, I have very eclectic taste! Really talented singers songwriters such as Nerina Pallot and Amy Macdonald are very influential, good songs are so important. I am also influenced by places – I love South Africa, there is such a sense of possibility there, and of course London, it feels like a global hub.

What do you think is the biggest problem in British society today and what is the most positive thing?

I think one of the main problems in British society today is to do with lifestyle and family. The importance of family has disappeared, and tv dinners have replaced family suppers. I love the British sense of humour and irony though.

Do you feel British or European?

British, but European when I’m in America.

cdl3 Who are you listening to at the moment?

James Morrison

What couldn’t you live without?

My guitar…My make up! hair straighteners, sunshine – I hate winter. I’d be useless on a desert island though – I like things too much!

Dream purchase?

A Chanel handbag

Favourite movie?

Plunkett and Macleane

Favourite European city and why?

Paris – food, style, culture, fun!

Desert island book?

Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Vile Bodies’

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still singing and writing. I’d like to be working with some great producers and musicians, and ideally have topped a couple of album charts! I’d also like to be starting or thinking about starting a family.

Can you run in heels?

With ‘L’ plates – I need to practice!