FRESH: ‘Strange’ – Celeste

Celeste premieres “Strange”!

Rising soul artist Celeste premieres the official video for her haunting new single “Strange”. The striking, fiery visual was shot in Bulgaria last month and directed by Silent Tapes, the London-based filmmaking duo who have previously helmed videos for the likes of Stefflon Don, Mahalia, Wizkid and Not3s. “The video begins at the end and comes full circle”, explains Celeste, “representing the reckless behaviours which can lead you from being lovers to strangers”.

It coincides with the announcement of Celeste as one of VEVO’s Ones To Watch for 2020 alongside artists including Aitch, Pop Smoke, Arlo Parks and No Rome. Celeste recently announced a headline tour for April 2020, her biggest UK shows to date including London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (tickets are on sale now). Already a stand-out moment in her live sets, sparse piano-led ballad “Strange” was added to the BBC Radio 1 B-list following its launch with an iconic COLORS session. Upon release the single saw support from the likes of Clara Amfo, DJ Target and Annie Mac, who exclaimed “Such a beautiful record, I can imagine a lot of people being stopped in their tracks right now”.

In October, Celeste made her UK TV debut with the track on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ to rave reviews. “Strange” came after her enthralling summer single “Coco Blood” accompanied by a colour-drenched video shot by in-demand director Akinola Davies Jr (Blood Orange, Neneh Cherry), and her breakout Lately EP, a captivating introduction to her voice and artistry. Having just returned from a month in Los Angeles where she performed a breathtaking sold out set at the Peppermint Club, the Brighton-raised British-Jamaican singer has had an incredible year so far with notable festival dates across Europe including debut appearances at Glastonbury, Primavera, Field Day and Latitude, not to mention supporting the iconic Neneh Cherry in her hometown of Brighton and US superstar Janelle Monae in Berlin.

NME hailed Celeste’s midnight set at Primavera “spellbinding”, noting that she “showcased a voice like crushed velvet, that caressed a succession of jazz-tinged instrumentals with seemingly effortless ease. Next year she’ll be on a much, much bigger stage”. Ahead of her April 2020 tour Celeste is set to play three sold out headline dates at London’s Omeara next week, on November 12th, 13th and 14th, before she joins acclaimed UK singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka on tour across Europe this month and next. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the UK’s fiercest new talents live – as NME rightly noted, she won’t be playing smaller stages for much longer.

Update 09/01/20: Congratulations to Celeste, who has just been named BBC Music Sound of 2020 artist! Well done Celeste! This is in addition to her receiving the Brit Rising Star Award for 2019 last month!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!