Cressida’s predestined path in the arts is undeniable. Born in Atlanta, GA, her mother named her after the legendary Soprano, opera singer Leontyne Price and Cressida from the Shakespearean play “Troilus and Cressida.” From a very early age, Cressida’s parents made it a priority to make music a key component in her life by exposing her to musical greats: Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, The Beatles, Donny Hathaway, Sade, Rachelle Ferrell, Sam Cooke and the list continues. These artists, along with her own personal favorites, Faith Evans, Alanis Morissette and Marsha Ambrosis, have all influenced her musical style and attributed to her tremendous appreciation for various genres of music.
Throughout her education, Cressida stayed committed to music by singing in various school choirs. She became a pioneer in high school as a founding member of the Taize AME Choir. Now, the choir performs at worship centers worldwide and is annually invited to sing for The Pope at the Vatican. Although she exercised her passion in grade school, in college is where she mastered her voice. Cressida was as a member of the Spelman College Glee Club, an organization known for its classical sound and extraordinary singers. There she elevated her Soprano II vocals in the classical form, a skill that would soon help her break into the music industry.
Cressida’s display of classical performance was illustrated in her debut feature “Classical Intro,” track one of Gucci Mane’s critically acclaimed LP “State vs. Radric Davis.” This feature allowed her to also work with record breaking hit maker Sean Garrett and multi-platinum producer Drumma Boy. In the latest release from Grammy Nominated Hip Hop group Nappy Roots, Cressida is also featured in “Country Boy Return,” slated to be their next single produced by Grammy Award Winning producer Mr. DJ. Cressida and Mr. DJ reunited again, along with Rico Wade of Organized Noize, to work on Dr. Dre’s protégé, Mississippi rapper Tito Lopez’s upcoming release. Cressida has also recently collaborated with legendary Atlanta artist Kilo Ali and Hip Hop duo Produx in the Mary J. Blige sampled “I Made It.”
Now standing front and center, Cressida is preparing for the release of her debut album “Dream.” The R&B and Pop LP is “a breath of fresh air; positive, feel good music with a message,” says Cressida. She uses her pen to address pressing subjects that reflect the current climate of the nation such as overcoming adversity, battling suicide and bullying, not giving up on your Faith and possessing self-love. “Dream” is an eclectic mix of production with important messages to mollify and motivate its listeners. It is anticipated to be a pleasurable addition to the R&B and Pop catalog to touch people across all demographics.