American recording artist CeCe Peniston entered the music industry as a backup vocalist on the Overweight Pooch's album Female Preacher, released in July 1991 on A&M Records. Shortly before that though, she was featured on the B-side to 12-inch single "I Can't Take the Power" by a male rapper, Marvelous JC. Besides her vocal performance on the Pooch's only charting track, "I Like It", she was also given a credit for co-writing two compositions; "Kickin' Da Blues" and the titular, "Female Preacher". Soon after, singer pursued her own solo career. By now, Peniston has released four studio albums including one as a member of The Sisters of Glory, two remix collections, four compilations and one live extended play (EP). Her singles discography features twenty-five physical releases, fifteen digital-only, eight promotional recordings and twenty-two other appearances; regardless of their format. She has also been included on one video album and has made fourteen music videos.
Peniston recorded her own single "Finally" through A&M, too. The song was released in August 1991 and was followed by her full-length debut on January 28, 1992. Both the album and single of the same name, were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the set itself by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). They also earned two Silver certifications from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), respectively. By the time the album's local sales reached half a million copies, "We Got a Love Thang" and "Keep On Walkin'", would give her three consecutively running number-one hits on the US Hot Dance Club Play, as well on the Canadian RPM Dance/Urban chart. Furthermore, each track reached the top-ten of Music Week's singles chart in the United Kingdom, and the top-twenty of Billboard's Hot 100 in the United States. The album itself broke into the top-forty music charts in Austria, Canada, the Netherlands and the UK, peaking home at number 70. Additional compositions from her first album, "Inside That I Cried" and "Crazy Love", scored successes in the R&B charts.
Her second studio set, Thought 'Ya Knew, saw its results on January 25, 1994. Having entered the top-forty in the UK and Switzerland, the album somewhat failed to match the sales of its predecessor, reaching its peak in the Billboard 200 at position 96. It did, however, make an impact on the dance field, yielding two chart-toppers in the US. "I'm in the Mood", with its incorporated jazz elements, served as the album's pilot single. The latter singles, such as "Keep Givin' Me Your Love" released in the US a year after its European release, and "I'm Not Over You", those achieved top-5 statuses at least. While "Hit by Love", another house anthem, became the singer's fifth club number 1. She was named Billboard Magazine's #1 Dance/Club Play artist of 1994.
I'm Movin' On, the third album by Peniston, was released on September 9, 1996, and was viewed as a commercial failure. As such it did not achieve a presence in the official albums charts. Mid-tempo jam, "Movin' On" featuring rap by Suga T, reached number 83 and her so-called "vocal duel" with JoJo Hailey, "Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)", missed the US Hot 100 altogether. In February 1998 Peniston experienced a late comeback in the overseas, when her remake of Jocelyn Brown's classic "Somebody Else's Guy" climbed to number 13 on the British singles charts; her highest top-100 entry in the island since May 1992. The remixes of the song were released on March 2, 1998 on her import greatest hits compilation The Best Of, her closing album on A&M. The original version later appeared on other collection of her hits, Essential, issued through Spectrum in 2000.
Subsequently, Peniston managed to record a number of singles, some of which garnered attention within their genre through various independent labels. Amongst them were three solo tracks such as "He Loves Me 2" (1999), "Lifetime to Love" (2001) and "Eternal Lover" (2004), as well her collaborations with other artists. These included "Reminiscin" with Saison (2001), "Deeper Love" with David Longoria (2005) and "Shame Shame Shame" with Soulshaker (2007). Since the 2010s, Peniston has released new material solely in a digital format. One of her most recent releases, namely "Nothing Can Stop Me" (2014), received significant airplay on urban AC stations, while "Believe" (2015), recorded with Chaos, peaked at number 5 on the US Dance; her first entry on the chart in 10 years.