Hi Celeste, how are you?
Thanks, I’m good. Thank you for bringing me here.
You’ve started your career without a big label. Why did you decide to change that?
That’s a good question. Actually, I’ve been writing for quite awhile and I had some music I felt confident and proud of. I just wanted it to be delivered to the world in a way that I didn’t had the opportunity before.
You grew up in the UK, where you developed your love for music. Who has inspired you as a teenager?
Most of my inspiration came from when I was as young as three years old until now. The thing that really stuck in my head and is the most significant are the singers I heard when I was about eight. Those were soul singers like Tammi Terrell, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding. Aretha Franklin as well, because that was the music my family was listening to.
I think, when you’re a child, that’s the first music you hear and then when you grow into a teenager, you hear the music of your peers and what they like to listen to. But those were the singers that taught me how to sing and sort of made me discover my voice because I would just sing along to them. I kept doing that until someone was like, “You can do that!”.