Celeste Epiphany Waite is an American–born British singer and songwriter. In 2019, she won both the Brit Award for Rising Star and the BBC Music Award for Introducing Artist of the Year. She was also named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2020 in an annual BBC poll of music critics.
About Celeste (singer) in brief
Celeste Epiphany Waite is an American–born British singer and songwriter. In 2019, she won both the Brit Award for Rising Star and the BBC Music Award for Introducing Artist of the Year. She was also named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2020 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2020. Since 2017, Celeste has released two extended plays and is expected to release her self-titled debut studio album in 2021. Celeste rose to prominence with the singles \”Strange\” and \”Stop This Flame\”, which earned critical and commercial success respectively. She has also worked with electronic producers such as Avicii, Tieks and Real Lies, while also self-publishing content onto SoundCloud on the side. In 2016, she released her solo debut single, \”Daydreaming\”, on the Lily Allen-owned label Bank Holiday. She subsequently released her debut EP, The Milk & the Honey, under the same label in March 2017. After catching the attention of labelmate Michael Kiwanuka, she signed to Polydor Records in 2018, where she has released her second EP, Lately, in March 2019. She featured on British dance producer Tieks’ 2014 single ‘Sing That Song’ which reached No 90 on the UK chart. Celestes is also featured on Swedish musician AvicII’s song ‘Touch Me’ in 2015, prior to making her own solo debut. She is currently on tour with Foals and toured with Real Lies in 2015 and 2016 before working at a local pub in Brighton in 2016. She also toured with GCE and Textiles in 2016 and 2017 before working in local pub Singles in 2016 before making her debut solo debut in 2017.
She started her musical journey when she uploaded her song ‘North Circular’ onto BBC Music website in 2014, where it gained support from DJs on BBC Radio 1. At 18, she started working in the studio after she graduated and began taking her music career seriously, whilst playing her first gigs in and around Brighton. Her manager arranged studio sessions for her at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, the same studio where The Clash, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney and Rihanna have recorded. She recalls becoming interested in music through discovering Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, whose music was played throughout her family home, before discovering her own music from names such as Thelonious Monk, Koyo Taylor and Sun Ra through YouTube and iTunes at the age of 14. At 16, her father died of lung cancer, aged 49, and she wrote her first song, ‘Sirens’, which was inspired by the death of her father and was published to YouTube where it got her attention of her current manager. Celeste studied Music Technology at Varndean College for her sixth form education. It was during this time that Celeste released her first solo single, ‘Strange’, in November 2014. The song, which was produced by Tev’n, was described by Jim Carroll of The Irish Times as ‘a striking blast of soulful, seductive vocals backed by a ghostly electronic r’n’b groove’