Celia Palli
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Celia Palli

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Pop Alternative


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Words by Wesley Butler
June 15, 2014 / Toronto / Music

Celia Palli has accomplished quite a lot from the time she moved to Canada in 2003. She’s been Nelly Furtado’s back-up vocalist at many of her shows, has performed at many large venues around Canada (most recently in Montreal, Quebec), and even organized a successful crowdfunding campaign to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

“I moved to Canada because I wanted to study music and become known in the industry,” said Celia. “I told myself right from the beginning that if I wanted to make it, I had to become involved in every possible project in the province.” And so she did.

For the first few years she joined numerous independent bands and performed as much as she could, and in 2009, was offered the opportunity of possibly performing with Nelly Furtado.

“A good friend of mine from university saw how quickly I went from an amateur to a professional singer and performer,” said Celia. “A friend of his from Miami was looking for a bilingual singer and when the time came, I got asked to go audition for Nelly Furtado.”

“As you can imagine, I dropped everything to be there and over prepared myself. These kinds of opportunities come once in a lifetime and just “being prepared” doesn’t cut it.”

Celia believes that being the best at what you do is what gets you noticed, especially in a competitive industry such as music.

Her most powerful learning experience was watching her mother battle cancer.

“She showed me what courage and determination is all about,” she said. “Her strength and positivism always astounded people, even before the disease. Even though she wasn’t a musician, her advice has been some of the best I’ve ever gotten, ‘Focus on writing songs. That’s what will make you stand out.’”

Celia’s mother passed away in 2008, and in 2013, she started a crowdfunding campaign in her honour. She wanted to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society and support her then-upcoming album. “Mamma,” a single from the album, was written in memory of her mother.

“I told myself right from the beginning that if I wanted to make it, I had to become involved in every possible project in the province.”
“I love making music and transferring my emotion to a crowd...Having an audience sing back your song is an incredible feeling.”
“Crowdfunding campaigns have the advantage of getting your project funded quickly and debt free,” said Celia. “This means the dream album you’ve been saving for becomes a reality. A disadvantage would be that even if there are a lot of followers, it takes a lot for people to go online and contribute.”

One of Celia’s greatest challenges has been getting noticed by important people in the Canadian music industry. However, she thanks Nelly Furtado for her break in music.

“She was the first influential person to believe in me and give me a huge opportunity without thinking about it twice,” she said. “She gave me the chance to open for her during 2013 European tour and doors have been opening ever since.”

Celia’s advice to aspiring musicians is to remember that even though what you may offer is good, it’s difficult to get the attention of high-profile industry professionals. Music is a very difficult industry to break into, and some people wait years just to have their voices heard.

She’s been planning out what type of artist she wants to be, and how she wants people to remember. In 10 years’ time, she wants to have released a few albums and played at many concerts around Canada.

“I love making music and transferring my emotion to a crowd,” said Celia. “Having an audience sing back your song is an incredible feeling.” - FAME BLOG CANADA


-"Skylight", Nelly Furtado's album "Lifestyle" coming out in 2012. Backing vocals.

-"Time Stand Still" covered by Nelly Furtado in "Score: the Hockey musical", 2010. Backing vocals.

-"Bajo Otra Luz", Nelly Furtado's album "Remixes", 2010. Backing vocals.

-"Bajo Otra Luz", Nelly Furtado's radio edit, 2010. Backing vocals.

-"The Night Is Young" by Nelly Furtado, 2010. Video appearance.

-"Never Thought Love" and "Pierdo el Control", in Toya Alexis album 2010. Featured vocalist.

-David Rudder's latest album coming out in 2011. Backing vocals.

-"El Blancambo" and "You Got One", El Blanco's album, 2010. Featured vocalist.

-"Universo", Plan C's album "Volar", 2008. Featured vocalist.

-"Cuanto Tardare" album, The Cafe Ole 2007, lead vocalist.

-Life performances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", Staples Center, Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy's and the Latin MTV Awards.





"...kettledrum playing dancer-slash-singer-slash-goddess maintained

an effortless energy and occupied my gaze…an unstoppable force of
musical talent."

- blogTO


Rising star, singer and composer, Cèlia Pallí’s unique
voice, a blend of Catalan-Spanish ire and attractive European indie pop with a
smidgen of South American influence, is catching the attention of music critics
with her melodic sensibility on the recently released single, “I’ll Be Fine,” a
candid and earnest song stirring concealed emotions.


The Spanish vocalist made a name
for herself in her adopted home Toronto in early 2003 playing in bands the
likes of The Café Ole, Plan C and el Blanco. Bursting into the scene in 2009 as background vocal of
Canadian artist, Nelly Furtado, and later opening for the Grammy winner on her Spirit Indestructible tour in 2013, Palli
has toured the world and appeared
in major television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and performed
at The Latin Grammy Awards, The Billboard Music Awards and MTV Latin Video
Music Awards, to name a few.


“Focus on writing songs,” a judicious advice her mother left
her with, and a task she has been doing avidly. In 2013, Palli made the Semi-Finals of the International Songwriting Competition
(ISC) among almost 19,000 entries from over 100 countries –Semi-Finalists make
up the top 8% of all entries. The
a short clip by film director, Garrick Ng, with special
appearance by soulful South African singer-songwriter, Francois Klark, captures
the essence of her incredible knack for writing and composing in an intimate


Pallí has recorded vocals for artists the likes of Nelly
Furtado, Toya Alexis, Paulina Rubio, Nelly (the American rapper) and David Ruder.
Her video for “I’ll Be Fine” has almost 7,000
views. She has written 7 of the 10 songs to be included on her upcoming album
(co-written 3 along Javier Garcia, Jacen Duncan and Diego Las Heras), the first
official production of her career co-produced along Jason
'METaL' Donkersgoed and Nate Kreiswirth and is now gearing up for an end
of the year European tour of intimate venues.


A dutiful musician, Pallí has
been compared by music critics to Lana del Rey’s subtleness and Feist’s playfulness
with an ethic twist, but has carved out her own space allowing her artistry to
grow and develop, and her album shows this: "I wanted a record that
was organic and back to basics," she explains. "People will hear a
naked voice, real instruments, and songs that capture the essence of live

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