Vevo Artist To Watch: CELESTE

There are some people who are just born to sing; and 21 year old Celeste is one of them. Summoning the spirit of soul singers, she channels influences such as Aretha Franklin and Billie Holiday to craft languid, jazzy numbers. How she came to be is quite a unique story. Born in LA, where she lived with her Essex-born mum and Los Angeleno father until she was three, she moved to Dagenham as a toddler, before settling in Brighton with her mum. By the time she was 17, it became increasingly clear that she wanted to sing. Mucking around with boys from school she’d go to their house and sing her poetry over the chords and beats they had made in their bedrooms. Music was a saviour. Having longed to make sounds like the ones she heard growing up – old Soul, and Rn’b, she taught herself to sing and is only now learning piano. She ended up putting her songs on YouTube, finding a manager and performing live. Soon, things really started to fall into place. Celeste released “Daydreaming” in 2017 on Lily Allen’s Bank Holiday label, and was signed to Polydor in 2019, releasing her Lately EP. Catch her on tour on the US and Europe through April of 2020.