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What the Kamotion’s About

As someone who has battled depression, CeCe Teneal knows the importance of surrounding oneself with people who inspire positivity. That’s what the Orlando resident hopes she and her band, Soul Kamotion, do for their fans: lift their spirits and get them moving, preferably on the dance floor. 

“When you get on stage, you don’t know if the people there are mourning something, celebrating something or if they spent their last dime to see you,” says Teneal, Kamotion’s lead singer. “Someone is there to get something, and you’re the deliverer. It gives me life because I’m making a difference.”

The five-member band has performed nearly 100 shows this year and has tours coming up in Costa Rica, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Local venues have included The Abbey, Hub 925 and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. But no matter where they are, the band plays every show like they’re in front of a crowd of thousands, Teneal says. 

“We give it all we have,” she says.  

The music makes religious references but Teneal says it’s inspirational and confidence-building with a touch of sass, not gospel. 

“It’s not empty music. We have something to say,” she says.

Spiritual Leader

1 Derrick Williams
Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church of Orlando

2 Byron Bledsoe
Senior Pastor at C3 Church, Avalon Park

3 David Uth
Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Orlando

Community Leader

1 Monica May
Community activist, radio personality, consultant

2 Buddy Dyer
Orlando Mayor

3 Harris Rosen
Hotelier, philanthropist

Music Radio Station

1 The Wire 98.5 FM

2 Z88.3 FM

3 XL 106.7 FM

Local Radio Show

1 Johnny’s House
XL 106.7 FM

2 Monsters in the Morning
Real Radio 104.1 FM

3 Mornings With Ellis & Tyler
Z88.3 FM

Local Podcast


1 A Mediocre Time With Tom & Dan

2 Scotch & Good

3 Bungalower & the Bus


1 Aaron Gordon
Orlando Magic

2 McKenzie Milton
UCF Knights Football

3  Alex Morgan
Orlando Pride Soccer

TV News Team

McDonough and Payne of WESH (NATHAN DOBBINS)

1 Jim Payne & Meredith McDonough
WESH-Channel 2

2 Amy Kaufeldt & Bob Frier
Fox 35

3 Greg Warmoth & Martha Sugalski
WFTV-Channel 9

Local Band or Singer

1 CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion

2 Naty Vendeta

3 Jonnie Morgan

Social Media Influencer

1 Christina Thomas
Go Epicurista

2 Ericka Dunlap
Miss America 2004, Consultant

3 Brendan O’Connor


1 Jessie Dee

2 Patrick Buckley Images

3 Hughes Fioretti Photography

TV Weather Forecaster

1 Tom Terry
WFTV-Channel 9

2 Amy Sweezey
WESH-Channel 2

3 Tony Mainolfi
WESH-Channel 2