Cee Cee Michaela (Cecelia P. Harshaw)
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BiographyHickory, North Carolina, USA
Cee Cee Michaela pronounced (MICK-KAY-LA), is a native of Hickory, North Carolina and started singing in church as a little girl. At ten, she began classical voice lessons, by fourteen had a vocal range of four octaves and was singing in five languages. She graduated as a North Carolina Honors Scholar and was named Who's Who Among American High School Students. Cee Cee attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where she majored in Dance and Voice as a Terry Sanford Scholarship recipient. Read more... Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater. One early Bostonian morning around 5:00 a.m., she took the forty dollars that her mom had sent her to use for books, cut class, bought a $29.99 Greyhound ticket, arrived in New York, bought a bagel for $2.50, some juice for $1.50 and a BackStage paper for $1.75. She thumbed through the trades, spotted an ad for a new Broadway show called "Jelly's Last Jam," and showed up at the open call at 1:00 pm. Cee Cee moved to New York and was cast in the role of Viola, Gregory Hines's sister, in Broadway's Jelly's Last Jam and appeared as Charlene on the ABC soap, All My Children. She went on to star in the Canadian run of Broadway's Once On this Island in Toronto where she was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award (Canadian Tony) for Best Female in a Musical. Cee Cee also performed in the smash hit Smokey Joe's Cafe, in the role of Brenda, which ran on Broadway for five years. She had the lead, title role in Nomathemba (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo) performed at the Kennedy Center. For this performance, Cee Cee was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for outstanding actress. Cee Cee has appeared in the HBO film, Gia and feature film, Senseless. She guest starred on The Steve Harvey Show playing Emma Mae (dual characters), CBS's City of Angels, Chicago Hope, Promised Land and Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She had a recurring role on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and is has appeared in multiple episodes as Noreen on the Lifetime Television drama, Strong Medicine executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg. As a series regular Cee Cee starred on the syndicated series Born Free which aired internationally and as Yvonne, the crazy cop (8 episodes) on the UPN comedy, Girlfriends executive produced by Kelsey Grammer. Cee Cee is a singer/songwriter and has released two CD's. Her songs are diverse and the many colors of her musical style ring out loud and clear in a fusion of soul, jazz, folk and world. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows including UPN's Girlfriends, Fox's Party of Five, Time of Your Life, and CBS's Promised Land. Cee Cee made the decision to handle distribution of her CD through her own record label: Driven By A Vision Records. Cee Cee was honored with winning First Place at the 4th Annual Amassi Center Women in Jazz New Artist Showcase performing at the Wilshire Ebell. A poet and author, Cee Cee has written two books "I'm just an alien and other alienated poetry" and "Pieces of a Moment-Moments of Peace." Judging from her collection of songs and poetry which continue to grow steadily, Cee Cee will never run out of words to say.