Walden, Cecil Price
Cecil “Price” Walden was born and raised in Booneville, MS. There, he grew up in a fundamentalist Christian household, attending a Free Will Baptist church. Religion featured prominently in Walden’s life, shaping many of his experiences and activities as a child and adolescent. His upbringing molded his views of himself and his identity as a queer Christian Southerner, and he composes music that navigates the intersection of those identities as a way to create space for and work through his trauma. Price is a noted musician throughout the South. A composer, he writes wind ensembles, opera, vocal pieces, and arrangements. He has been commissioned by various entities throughout the region, including the Southern Foodways Alliance, and has had pieces performed at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Carnegie Hall.
Walden, Cecil Price and Crosby, Carlynn L., "Walden, Cecil Price" (2019). Queer Mississippi Oral History Project. 22.