â€śâ€¦soul music is soul music. There’s nothing really new under the sunâ€¦.â€ť
Imagine a mix of Nina Simoneâ€™s stage presence, Millie Jacksonâ€™s forthright humour, Marvin Gayeâ€™s grace and smooth disposition and Angelique Kidjoâ€™s effervescent dynamism; youâ€™re close to defining the kind of performer Celestine is.
Living in a household of Barbadian and Jamaican parentage, this Bristol born and bred singer songwriter was influenced by nearly every musical style under the sun (or rain as England would have it!). Trained for many years in the art of Traditional African Dance and Drumming, Celestine brings her roots to the stage, celebrating her heritage through dance and song whilst giving another perspective on neo soul, leaving audiences hypnotized and unable to resist from joining in.
Celestineâ€™s recording and songwriting journey has seen her work with Gary Barlow (Take That), Cameron McVey (Nina Cherry) Roni Size, Diane Warren, Wayne Hector and Stargate (NeYo, Rihanna, Mary J Blige, Beyonce) to name but a few. Celestine has gained even more confidence as a songwriter through the independent release of her co-produced debut album â€śSecret Sideâ€ť.
Performing at some of the UKâ€™s most prestigious venues (Royal Albert Hall â€“ Cancer Research, Dominion Theatre, London â€“ Royal Variety Performance and The Grosvenor House Hotel, London â€“ Rainbow Trust Ball, Celestine has honed her craft as a musical performer and dancer supporting and gracing the same stages of some of the biggest names in music (Pee Wee Ellis, Millie Jackson, Mica Paris, Sade, Dame Shirley Bassey, Lionel Richie).
Her voice is so personal and unique; it cannot be compared to another artist both past and present. Live performances are full of musical conversation through intrepid improvisation and scatting soloâ€™s.Â Tasteful melismatic and syllabic singing enables Celestine to cross musical genres with flair, conveying power and mysticism, showcasing integrity and unlocking the emotion of every song.
Like her idols Celestine is able to diversify yet still stay to true to her musical roots, with live performances and band musicianship that rival multi platinum selling artists
If you want to be transported back to a time when it really was about the music, a Celestine cd or gig is for you. Prepare to be entertained and welcomed to join in with the onstage merriment happening before you.
Playful, sensual, bold and endearing, Celestine is like a Funky African Mary Poppins; you never know what sheâ€™ll pull out of the bag!
Secret Side is available for download from The Celestine Shop, iTunes, CDbaby and Amazon MP3; physical copies from www.amazon.co.uk, Head Records, Frontline Music and Clothing and Genesis Records – Bristol
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