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The artist formerly known as Celine sheds her skin and emerges on the darker side of pop as Cece Vee

As a young musician, it’s important to play with different ideas and genres as you’re finding and shaping your sound. It’s about being open to influences coming from any and everywhere, and it’s about knowing when it’s time to let in the change.

This is as much a change in image as it is a change in sound. We’ve seen many a pop princess ditch the pink lipstick and pretty pout for a darker shade of fuck-you. Think Britney Spears in “Oops I Did It Again”, think Christina Aguilera in “Dirty”, think Rihanna in “Disturbia”. And now, think Cece Vee.

A relative newcomer to the scene, the artist formerly known as Celine seems very early on to have outgrown her folk-rock stylings and, with “Dysfunctional”, her debut single under her new moniker, Cece Vee reinvents herself as the good-girl-gone-bad-ass.

“I want it to capture a feeling of boldness and honesty that will inspire listeners to be bold and unashamedly themselves. I aim to make music that is emotive and that people can dance, cry, and rock out to, maybe even all at once,” explains Cece Vee of her refreshed approach to her music.

Having recently come out as queer, the 23-year-old feels a renewed sense of confidence in her craft, more reason for taking on this new direction. “There’s a really beautiful feeling of freedom that comes with being openly queer, and as a musician this allows me to tell my story in a really authentic way and connect with my audience on a more personal and genuine level,” she says.

“Dysfunctional” is a straightforward depiction of life after love, learning to live separate lives again, and the bitterness of acceptance by truly letting go. The lyrics err on the side of cliché, but then again, heartbreak is heartbreak. What really gives the song a much-needed push in the dirtier, grittier direction is the production, with elements of glitch and dubstep really giving the song balls.

Cece Vee needs to take more risks if she is truly going to own her new image, but change doesn’t happen overnight. And if this is only her debut, then I’m here for the edgier dub-stained evolution.