She’s been included in the majority of artist to watch lists for 2020, feted by music journalists up and down the land, and loudly proclaimed as the saviour of modern r’n’b. If you’d like to know what all the fuss is about, then you’d better get yourself down to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in April 2021 to see rising star Celeste live.
The singer, who was born in the US but moved to Brighton at the age of 3, has made a name for herself with her heartfelt lyrics and haunting melodies. It’s the voice that really thrills, however.
In recent months, Celeste has been compared to such iconic artists as Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, and once you hear the artist’s honeyed tones for yourself, you begin to understand why.
Described by Nick Reilly from the NME as the “finest British soul singer to emerge in years”, Celeste demonstrates a vocal range and tone that most other r’n’b singers could only ever dream of.
A recent three night residency at London’s Omeara offered Londoners a dazzling showcase of her abilities. Celeste had the audience in the palm of her hands from her first mesmerising notes, right up to the final breathtaking moments of the gig.
The singer’s musical prowess was evident from an early age. Celeste was ‘discovered’ by the staff at Brighton’s performing arts school at just nine.
The youngster had been singing in a corridor at the school when one of the teachers walked by. So impressed were they with what they heard, that shortly afterwards, the school contacted Celeste’s mother to offer the budding singer a scholarship to attend the school full time.
At the age of 16, Celeste uploaded one of her songs to YouTube. The song, Sirens, quickly attracted the attention of the music industry, and subsequently led to a phone call from what her now manager.
The young singer quickly signed a deal, and shortly afterwards, her manager arranged for the singer to record at the legendary Sarn West Studios in Notting Hill. Those working at the studio were apparently so impressed with the young singer that Celeste was offered more and more recording time.
The singer’s breakthrough came with the single Strange. Released in early 2019, the song was immediately shortlisted for Annie Mac’s Hottest Record of 2019. The BBC Radio 1 DJ described the track as a “stop you in your tracks, tears running down your cheeks, sit in the car in your driveway” type song.
Celeste will be playing live at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 21st of April 2021. This gig was originally supposed to take place on the 29th of April 2020 but the gig was postponed due to the Coronavirus Crisis. For more information on the gig, please click here.
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