Cecilia Durbin grew up in the heart of Louisville, KY, serenaded by her mother singing classic Queen and Led Zeppelin in the back of a grey '82 Buick that no one with monetary flexibility would drive. She was writing songs as a child, (hits such as "Grapes are Green" and "Lord of the Rings"), and at puberty began secretly writing sapphist and self-deprecating poetry. The words and music seemed to find themselves as two, separate survivors of a nuclear war would find one another in the middle of a valley after wandering all by their lonesome for days, months, or sometimes years.

At 18, Durbin began performing live in Louisville with her two bands, Yo'Majesty and the Eracists and Those Ugly People, as well as alone at open mics and poetry readings. She has opened for acts such as Stepdad, Swearin', and Waxahatchee, and also headlined local events, such as the Hello Summer Festival and Goodwill Zine's release party. She is made to write and to make music. If you don't believe it, just listen. I guarantee she will change your mind.

"American music is sincere," she says. "All I've ever wanted to play is honest music." [+]