DJ CEDDY CED / USA
With over thirty years in the entertainment business, Cedric “DJ Ced” Martin has come a long way from humble beginnings in the small town of Pritchard, Alabama. Inspired by the love and lessons from his parents, Dorothy and Bennie Martin, and his grandparents, Robert and Dora Lee Stallworth, Ced knew it would take hard work and dedication to achieve his dreams.
Ced got his first taste of the industry in 1978 where he landed a disc jockey job in Sacramento after moving from Chicago. With the relationships and reputation he established, Ced would open his first nightclub “The Beat” in 1983 which allowed him to venture into concert promotions. The Beat would become an 80’s hot spot for visiting talent as it was frequented by the likes of World Class Wrecking Crew, LA Dream Team, Bobby Jimmy and The Critters, and Timex Social Club amongst others.
DJ Ced’s notoriety around the city would lead him to perform with Dr. Dre who was part of the World Class Wrecking Cru, Mike “Arabian Prince” Lezan, Egyptian Lover, and Grandmaster D of Whodini at local hotspots such as the Sacramento Convention Center, The Jukebox Nightclub and The Second Level. “What makes a great song is something heartfelt. Something with meaning. Something you can close your eyes to and almost visualize by listening to it. Something that touches your soul. That’s what I wanted to bring to my performances and sets,” recalls Ced.
Guided by his late mentor singer, songwriter, producer and keyboardist Robert Brookins, who worked with Earth, Wind & Fire and The Stanley Clark Band, DJ Ced has worked with a host of artists in his career. Under the production company Sac Boy Entertainment, Ced has worked with Brookins’ Afterbach soul/funk band, Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons, Bobby Brown, Wayman Tisdale, Christopher Williams and Sue Ann Carwell just to name a few. “I always wanted to be an artist since early childhood in some way, shape or form. If I wasn’t an artist, I still wanted to be a part of the music field is it as a producer, manager, or promoter.”
In the late eighties, DJ Ced would further his love for music with entertainment publication called The Loop Magazine. The local magazine would grow into a national publication after gaining the attention and support of record chain Tower Records who would distribute the magazine across the United States and even into other countries. The magazine would profile artists like Brandy, Jazzy Jeff, Jermaine Dupri, Boyz II Men, Mac Dre, Erykah Badu and many others.
After a long hiatus from the music business, DJ Ced would heed the call to return to his first love of mixing and making curated mixtapes. He would release his John Legend Meets Kem mixtape which has enjoyed spins and downloads across the world. Ced is now a current member of Con Funk Shun II featuring Danny Thomas as background vocalist and DJ. In September of 2014, DJ Ced and Con Funk Shun II performed in concert with Suga T of E-40’s “Sprinkle Me” hit and hip hop legend Kurtis Blow. That December, he would perform at the wedding reception for Con Funk Shun original member Danny Thomas.
Through the years and different incarnations and collaborations, DJ Ced has maintained his love for music regardless of the genre, be it house, hip-hop, rap, R&B, jazz, Top 40 or Pop. While money and success have benefitted him, Ced maintains that music is “soul cleansing.” His mission is to bring good music to your life: “The benefit for me is making people happy through a mutual love of music and changing someone’s mood for the better.”