Celeste was born and raised near New Orleans and was heavily influenced by the food and music. Especially the rhythms that weave in and out of everything that meanders. Her parents, having her in the autumn of their lives and from Alabama, instilled a strong love of 50's and 60's R&B classics. Especially soul music like Otis Redding. Muscle Shoals drove home Aretha Franklin and Montgomery gave up Hank Williams. Ah, yes the sweet country music. Lot's of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, the Judds, Dolly Parton, etc.! As she grew older she fell in love with Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles, Radiohead and U2.
Since food and adventure were also a love of hers, she went to culinary school in Boston at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. In Boston, not only did she learn how to cook and did so in top restaurants like Sel de la Terre, but she also learned a lot about life, love, the differences in people, and asked questions all the time about why we do the things we do. It was a wake up call that life isn't always so easy and that it's damn cold up north! "You also get to think a lot when you keep bakers hours and you're up all night alone with the dough and your thoughts. " Yeah, yeah, sappy songwriter stuff for your melancholy days.
So Celeste moved back to the south, to Texas specifically, after owning her own personal chef business for 2 years. "Everyone thought I was going to be the next Rachel Ray, but really I just want to be the next Brandi Carlile," says Celeste. Yeah, music was still calling her home. "I couldn't turn away from it, so here I am following my heart, and head, and not regretting it." Celeste writes about loneliness, finding love, life stopping us from our dreams. "But, I like to make you dance too. There are always the funk songs!"
Celeste Terrell, all guitars on the CD and live.
With full band the Bends, the roster also includes a drummer, bass, cello and violin.
Live Your Dreams, LP due out 2008
A Rising Star
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“Celeste Terrell has music that will move you. It’s warm, inviting and draws you in. Keep an eye on ...“Celeste Terrell has music that will move you. It’s warm, inviting and draws you in. Keep an eye on Terrell because she is a rising star!”
-Madalyn Sklar, GoGirlsMusic.com
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Live Your Dreams “is melodically solid, with the right kind of instrumentation and dynamic structure...Live Your Dreams “is melodically solid, with the right kind of instrumentation and dynamic structure and an assured vocal performance...this one is mostly ready for prime-time.”
-Gary Graff, UPI, the New York Times Features Syndicate, Billboard and Revolver. Series editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide books and the author of The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z.
I try to play 50% covers and 50% originals. So here it is:
All of my own songs. I also play cover songs like:
To Love Somebody The Bee Gees
Islands In The Stream Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
She Gram Parsons
Have Mercy The Judds
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
The Story Brandi Carlile (lot's of Brandi Carlile)
All I want Is You U2
Everybody Here Wants You Jeff Buckley
Joey Concrete Blonde
Black Star Radiohead
High and Dry Radiohead
You Can Sleep While I Drive Melissa Etheridge
I'm The Only One Melissa Etheridge
I can play a 2 to 3 hour set easily
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