With today’s power to create and connect on various platforms, it is a beautiful time for consuming art and media. Now is the time when strong female artists are empowering others by sharing their new visions and discoveries, more than ever before.
CEG (pronounced like “sage”) is a rising artist from Portland, Oregon, capturing the eyes and ears of her city. CEG, which stands for “Claire Elizabeth Grace,” just released her official music video for her single, “Yellow Line” and it is clear that she is gaining momentum in the music scene.
CEG’s new song “Yellow Line” features R&B, Soul, and Melodic sounds with themes of peace and inner stability, while the aesthetic of the single’s music video is filled with trippy elements and lots of yellow. CEG’s ability to mix genres and send a message in her music makes us all excited to hear more. Keep an ear out for CEG, as she will be touring in your city very soon.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
When did you start creating music?
I’ve been singing since I could talk. My mom was a music and theater major in college so I have always been exposed to music and performing. I also performed in various musicals in high school I have always been obsessed with singing harmonies, but it wasn't until about two years ago until I started writing my own music.
What inspired you to be a professional musician?
There is nothing better I can be doing than pursuing my passion. To me, there is no other high like the high you get from creating music.
Tell us about your upcoming EP “Rose Woman”. Why the title?
I would describe the sound of Rose Woman” as “Neo-Millenial-Jazz.” A mixture of R&B, Jazz, and Spoken Word. I chose the title because I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and Portland is known as “Rose City.” I am carrying the city on my back. I am “Rose Woman.”
What is your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would definitely be with Kehlani. It is kind of crazy because Kehlani’ and DJ Noodles’s booking manager actually invited me to open for P-LO when he saw me open for DJ noodles. It’s like she’s just one step away from me.
Tell us about your new single “Yellow Line.”
“Yellow Line” was made to listen to when you smoke and chill. The song is about slowing down.
Anything that stands out to you in your life is meant to be a message. To me, yellow means caution but also happiness.
How was the process of creating the music video for “Yellow Line”?
The process of creating the music video for “Yellow Line” was very organic. I played a big role in writing with the script, but the video evolved as it was produced.
Raynee Roberts of Lost Portral put the video together, and she is fucking fantabulous. We spent a lot of time together through the process. She even designed some of the outfits for the video, including my yellow top. She is very talented.
When is the release of your new EP, “Rose Woman”?
The release of “Rose Woman” is on my 25th birthday, June 28th. I am having a private release party to celebrate. It’s actually at the location where we filmed the music video for “Yellow Line.”
We have amazing sponsors for the event. I’m working on a collaboration re:stash. They printed Fronto Shorty logos on mason jars for us and they will be featured at the event. Compound, a unique sneaker and streetwear company, is also a sponsor. Mental Minorities, Swiggle Mandela, and La Familia are also going to be performing.
What can your fans expect from you in 2019?
On 4/20, I will be releasing my new song, “Fronto Shorty.” “Fronto Shorty” is a 4/20 appreciation song and also the name of my brand. You can also expect to hear collaborations with Libretto, Zenith, and Mental Minorities. This year, I will be traveling constantly because I am trying to perform as much as possible.
Follow CEG on SoundCloud