Born, Kenneth Jesse Rogers III on April 30, 1962, he was given the nickname CeCe by James Brown, who watched him performing at 11 years of age, imitating Chubby Checker. Considered one of the most popular male vocalists in house music.
Moving to the New York area in 1984, CeCe taught voice and piano, as well as doing session work with such artist as Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, and Curtis Hairston. He also formed his own group, CeCe & Company, whose repertoire included jazz and R&B tunes. Some of the group's vocalist at the time were Sybil Lynch, Adeva, and Kenny Bobien.
In 1987, CeCe recorded the track "Someday" in collaboration with Marshall Jefferson and was immediately signed to Atlantic Records making "Someday" the first house song signed by a major label.
To this day, the song is seen as an anthem in the genre of house music, having been rated number 3 in MixMags's 100 Greatest Singles of All Time.