Well, I am very flattered to have been asked by The Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival organisers to deliver a very special workshop/masterclass for all those people who just love to sing!!! I’m really looking forward to it and for those of you who happen to be passing through one of the UK’s best music festivals this year, don’t forget to pass by The FolkHouse on Saturday 7th March 2015. Click the poster for more details, you will not be disappointed ūüôā
Video Directed by Marcus Way – www.marcusway.com
Vocals written & Performed by Celestine Walcott- Gordon
Fender Rhodes Played by Anders Olinder, Congas played by Lisa Cherian, Sax played by James Morton, All other instruments played by Andy Compton
Produced by Andy Compton
Available from the album ‘Ubuntu’
WHOOOHOOO!!!! – What a fantastic achievement! And I feel so privileged and proud to have been part of such as successful evening for such a worthy cause. Myself and the band were so well looked after, we didn’t want to leave! Here’s more about the evening‚Ä¶…
The sold-out Red Dinner raised more than ¬£90,000 to support unemployed young people in the South West.
Guests were treated to a night of Hollywood glamour at Clifton College with a themed dinner and drinks reception hosted by Suttons & Robertson and sponsored by Laurent Perrier and Goldbrick House.
Entertainment was provided by X Factor‚Äôs Alexandra Burke,¬†The Voice UK‚Äôs Celestine Walcott-Gordon¬†and the evening‚Äôs host Omid Djalili.
Celestine, 30, from St Paul‚Äôs in Bristol, was¬†backed by The Prince‚Äôs Trust in 2005¬†and given a loan to independently launch her debut album Secret Side.
Celestine, who sang at the Red Dinner, says: ‚ÄúThe Prince‚Äôs Trust has played an important role in my life.
“For a charity like that to believe in me is amazing.
“Someone could have said that I was not making a product, just creating music, and see this as a risk but the Prince‚Äôs Trust just saw my potential.‚ÄĚ
A luxury live auction, sponsored by Matthew Clarke, also saw a bass guitar signed by singer-songwriter Sting raise ¬£5,000 to help change the lives of disadvantaged young people across the region, where 8,400* young people are currently unemployed.
The annual event, sponsored by Bond Dickinson and RBS, has raised more than ¬£212,000 in the last two years.
One in four young people are currently unemployed in Bristol,** and The Prince‚Äôs Trust, which tackles youth unemployment in every region and country of the UK, worked with 800 disadvantaged young people in the area each year.
Three in four young people supported by The Prince‚Äôs Trust move into work, education or training.
*The figures have been taken from the ONS, Annual Population Survey, June 2012 to July 2013.
**The figures have been taken from the ONS, Annual Population Survey, June 2012 to July 2013. The number 16-to-24-year-olds struggling to find work in Bristol was 25.7 per cent.
Recording of the album is happening as I write this but in the meantime‚Ä¶..
Check out¬†the 2 sneak peak trailers!¬†A massive celebration taking part in front of your eyes, this explosive iridescent fusion of genres (Funk, Soul, Jazz, HipHop to name a few) blows the senses musically and visually beyond the realms of order.¬†
I’ve created a visually stimulating musical masterpiece of original compositions and choreography- mixed with Tradition, that offers a fresh perspective on the diverse cultures of the UK. Bringing Soul back to its roots; Join me for the journey!!!
This is the party you always wanted to be apart of.
This is a Unique manifestation born out of my passion for Music and Traditional African Dance and Song. Think George Clinton and PFunk, meets Jill Scott and Angelique Kidjo! Boom! Xxxxx
Here it is my final performance on The Voice stage! What an experience it has been‚Ä¶. My sincerest Thank You goes out to everyone who has taken the time to support and comment both positively and constructively, I am truly humbled by the support of family, friends, complete strangers and my hometown, Bristol!!!
Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Will -I – Am, Ricky Wilson‚Ä¶ In this instance I wouldn’t trade places with you! Such hard decisions and so much talent on one stage.
Anyway I post this last Voice performance with pride as I leave on a high singing Randy Crawford’s classic “You Might Need Somebody”
Much Love and on to pastures new!!!! Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted ; ) Xxx
SO from Kenny Thompson to Me. Thats the way the game goes, on Twitter anyway! The LAST word Kenny sings of his song becomes the FIRST word I sing of my song – we have just 24hrs to respond and pass it on (think of it as an extremely long and vocal relay race!) otherwise it gets deferred out of the team and we have to wait for it to return to its right place, with Team Tom.
This game was the Brainchild of fellow contestant/singer Vicky‚Ä¶.
So follow (via twitter celestineonline) and watch as ‚Ä¶.. race against the clock to fulfil the TOMINATION GAME!
Heres mine! Xxx
This is the second instalment of tasters for my new project “Queen”
I have to say the reaction to the last video has been amazing and i couldn’t be happier that its been so well received!
This video shows My closest girlfriends, who all happen to be professional performers in their own right, coming together, using the same space we use to congregate and share tears and laughter (kirby’s back garden!), to make this dream a reality. And boy did we!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do ūüôā
Out of the pan and into the FIRE!! Thats what it felt like having to sing AGAINST another singer, definitely my least favourite experience of the whole ‘Voice’ experience. But i went out there with the best intentions of giving a great performance. I can only speak for myself but I was definitely disappointed with the chosen song but Me and my battle partner did what we could.
A bittersweet moment that I won’t forget, heres a clip of the performance but I would recommend going to BBC iplayer for feedback from Sir Tom Jones, Will I Am, Kylie and Ricky. Plus! The best part of all, my little angel Micah running up on stage to congratulate me like only he can! Xxx
Thank you to all for the massively positive response to my blind audition on last Saturdays 3rd episode of The Voice UK. ¬†A very short but sweet snippet of performance, but there will definitely be more to come.
What viewers didn‚Äôt get to see was that dreaded long walk of silence to the centre of the stage and then waiting for the band to kick in. And boy did they kick in #voiceukband. I couldn‚Äôt have asked for a funkier debut onto National TV ūüėČ
The studio audience were right on side too, dancing and cheering in their seats and even though no coaches had turned, by the end of my song I was more than satisfied that I had given a performance worthy of the best stages, and happy to go home knowing that I had done myself, my friends and family waiting backstage very proud.
And then he turned!!! Tom, Tom Tom, why‚Äôd you make me wait so long?!?! Haha!
Humbled and ecstatic, and with such positive feedback from WilIAm, Kylie, Ricky and of course Tom (not shown on TV), I was more than happy to accept my spot on the team of Sir Tom Jones #chuffedtopieces
So what‚Äôs in store next you ask?……The Battles! Stay tuned for more exciting updates!¬†Xxx