From his dynamic vocal range, a style that isn’t confined to any one genre, and having captivating stage presence, Cyril Durant is a singer-songwriter to watch for in the music scene. It is notable that Durant’s talent is something that began to be crafted in church. Growing up he was always surrounded by family members that sang and played a multitude of instruments. His biggest inspiration comes from the songs that he heard his mother sing and perform in the church he was raised in, and many others in the surrounding area. At a young age he knew that a musical career was part of the great works of his life.
As a seventeen year old high school student, Cyril played his first show as a paid musician, and has not stopped since. He went on to receive a BM and MM in Vocal Performance at Georgia Southern University. He also studied Jazz in voice and piano as well. It was during this time when Durant would began to perform frequently with a host of ensembles with the university, as well as the band Next Level Ensemble. He also wrote the band’s single
Durant’s main claim to the stage is as the front man for the high energy Funk/soul ensemble Those Cats. With that band, Durant has sang, played, and co-wrote music and lyrics on three recording projects; their EP Coffee, Whiskey, and Catnip, their debut album Something More Specific, and the bands sophomore album Eyes Up. He also helped write arrangements for the band’s most recent project Litter: A covers EP. They also have many live recording projects and videos as well. With Those Cats, Cyril has had the opportunity to share the stage with national and international touring acts to include The Main Squeeze, The Fritz, Naughty Professor, The Heard, and the band formally known as The Alan Evans Trio. The band has also played in many venues across Georgia to include The Hummingbird Taproom, Smiths Olde Bar, the venue formally known as Live Wire Music Hall, and the legendary 40 Watt music venue. Currently the band is on a hiatus, but are playing occasional shows and writing for another studio project.
In addition to his current works with Those Cats, Cyril performs regularly with the band Wood and Steel, and has started a new trio called Prime Real Estate. When not performing, he maintains a regiment of writing, and is building a body of songs for his first solo project.