Classics: Ce Ce Rogers – Someday (Club Mix) (Atlantic)
Question: what do Ce Ce Rogers‘ ‘Someday’ and Ten City‘s ‘Devotion’ have in common? So many things, as a matter of fact. From their their label (Atlantic) to their producer (Marshall Jefferson). But also and without a single doubt their status. Not to mention their release date (back in 1987) as explained to me years after by record exec Billie Prest.
‘Someday’ stands as a timeless anthem in the history of what used to be called Chicago (Deep) House back then. Most likely Rogers‘ most vibrant vocal performance ever… And therefore one of his biggest classics (as a solo artist). It received the instantly identifiable production work by the likes of Marshall Jefferson.
Hailing from Cleveland, OH, Ce Ce Rogers got into music in his early days. He began studying piano at the age of 5. His mother, a music teacher, introduced him to Gospel which is the core of his musical foundation. A child prodigy he was a featured musician on the weekly television program ‘The Gene Carroll Show’ at the age of 9.
Moving to the Big Apple back in 1984, Ce Ce taught voice and piano. In the meantime, he would do session work with such artist as Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson and Curtis Hairston. He also formed his own band, Ce Ce & Company, with Adeva and Kenny Bobien standing among the group’s vocalists.
Ce Ce rose to fame back in 1987 with the Marshall Jefferson produced ‘Someday’. Not capitalizing on the massive appeal House Music was having in Europe though, Ce Ce came up with a blend of R&B and House tracks on his 1989 self-titled debut album. The latter received rare reviews but generated poor sales.
Strangely enough, Ce Ce briefly got back under the spotlights with ‘All Join Hands’, produced by David Morales. But, once again, he didn’t go any further on his second album which didn’t even include the latter. This getting Atlantic Records to release him from his contract.
From then, Ce Ce went back to doing session work. He would collaborate with David Morales on his debut-album (‘Games’). But also work on many of his remix projects including ‘The Best Things In Life Are Free’ by Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross. This in addition to many extra collaborations with Marshall Jefferson.
In 1994, Ce Ce teamed up with Italian Band Jestofunk. He stayed with them during 5 years, recording a string of classics such as ‘Say It Again’ and ‘Can We Live’. This leading to three world tours.