Watch out for sexy, sultry, savvy singer-songwriter, Celeste! She is making her move on the music industry. With her new country-pop recording in the can, she is ready to live out the title track, “Big Star”.

This veteran of the road has spent the past 7 years performing at hot spots around the world. She has lent her voice to the gritty, pulsing sounds of New Orleans, the rockin’-est rooms in Boston, the sweet country dance halls of Texas, and the entertainment mecca of Los Angeles, to name just a few. She has also toured extensively in Europe and Asia.

In the spring of 1995 she played the Kerrville Folk Festival with the premier Texas band, Branded Hearts. Later that year she shared a musical Thanksgiving dinner in New Orleans’ French Quarter with a table-full of high profile artists including Michelle Shocked. She has co-written and performed alongside the multi-platinum hit songwriter, Stan “Doc” Penridge (of the 70’s rock band, Kiss.)

Celeste sang at the star-studded spring ‘97 wedding of Tary Owens and Maryann Price (Dan Hicks original Hot Lick, singer for The Kinks and Asleep at the Wheel). She pounded out a honky-tonk piano for the Austin Lounge Lizard’s Thanksgiving bash, and appeared in a Texas-based independent film. The summer of ’98 found her performing on a Caribbean cruise ship with jazz recording artist, Nathen Page (guitarist for Roberta Flak, Jimmy Smith, and Herbie Mann). By ’99 she was in Hollywood singing with Louis Johnson (of the 70’s funk band The Brothers Johnson) for the filming of VH-1’s “Where Are They Now?”

Recently she appeared as the Queen of Seoul, playing the high profile Grand Hyatt in Seoul, Korea for foreign dignitaries like Secretary of State, Madeline Allbrite; Governor of New Jersey, Christie Whitman; and the Prime Minister of Australia.

Her first CD, entitled “Dedicated To You”, was released in 1996 with the help of Shel Silverstine. Wink Tyler (known for his work with Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchem, Asleep at the Wheel, and more) engineered this beautifully simple piano-and-vocal recording, which received local and international airplay. “Big Star”, Celeste’s new recording, is headed for heavy rotation on country and pop radio in the major domestic markets. “Big Star” was recorded at EMG Studios in Hollywood, home of the publishers of Mariah Carey, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby and many more.

Her band comprises an all-star line-up of the top musicians currently working on the West Coast. Bandleader and legendary guitarist, John Beland, played with Linda Ronstadt’s breakout band (Could history be repeating itself?) as well as Dolly Parton and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Jay Dee Maness, the number one pedal steel player in the world (and a fine human being) is currently working with Celeste’s new project. Jay Dee is known for his work on Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven”. Bass player Paul Marshall is no stranger to success, as demonstrated by his work with Strawberry Alarm Clock and the film “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”.

Celeste only works with the best in the business. John Braheny, author of “The Craft and Business of Songwriting”, worked with Celeste on her songs. Background vocalists include Darlene Koldenhoven, who also serves as Celeste’s vocal coach and vocal arranger. Darlene arranged and sang for the box office smash, “Sister Act.” Celeste stole singer Andrea Robinson away from Paul McCartney and did the same to Bob Seger, hiring the silver voice of Laura Creamer. Move over Beatles; make room for Celeste!

This heavenly artist’s past is varied and checkered. She has gone from upstanding citizen, as the Vice President of a stuffy Boston bank, to total outlaw, when she was arrested for playing her piano in her home one afternoon in the snooty California community of La Jolla. This former radio announcer (for WICN) and rock magazine writer once found herself onstage presenting Tito Puente with his birthday cake! Valedictorian of her high school, she went on to graduate (a few years after Mary-Chapin Carpenter) from Brown University, the coolest college of the Ivy League. One thing is for sure; this siren is full of surprises!
Watch out for sexy, sultry, savvy, singer-songwriter, Celeste!

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