Cecil is a proud native of Houston, Texas where he was born to the Reverend and Mrs. E.D. Thornton. The song life for Cecil may not have been far fetched because growing up he would watch his mother in amazement sing the old hymns of the church. This was the catalyst that birthed the seed of music in Cecil at an early age. His dream was to travel across the world singing praises to God. This past year Cecil Thornton and Transparent traveled for three weeks in Europe. They ministered in cities such as Venice, Milan, Sicily, and many other places where they sung in theatres and churches. After graduating from high school Cecil relocated to Atlanta to pursue his education as well as singing career. Since moving to Atlanta, Cecil has been the guest soloist for many musical aggregations, including his mentor and national recording artist, the late Minister Dirk Chaney and he has also sung background for Gospel Legend Tramaine Hawkins. He recently started his own ministry, 'Transparent'. The name was given from the mouth of God to the soul and heart of Cecil to clearly convey that as ministers we must open ourselves to the will and move of God. This diverse group of all female singers are clearly anointed and appointed to share the vision of Cecil to the nations. Cecil has created a unique, refreshing genre of music which incorporates jazz, neo-soul, and pop in a wonderful gospel combination. This new wave of music promises to be a must for all to hear, young or old. Cecil is presently a member of The Dream Center under the most capable leadership of William Murphy iii in Atlanta, Georgia. He also serves as a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. In 2001 he was featured soloist on the 'Men of Promise' recording. The project is currently in stores on Tyscot Records. His musical influences include some of the world's best: Kirk Franklin, Tonex, Nnenna Freelon, Rachelle Ferrell, and Kim Burrell to mention a few. The Journey has begun.....Get on board with Cecil Thornton.