“Celeste is a star on the rise” - i-D
"Undisputedly one to watch out for" – Wonderland
"Deft, poetic storytelling; commanding vocals; and a generous spirit" – Interview
“Celeste has a voice that will break your heart” – Notion
“She is so obviously the real soul-baring deal” – Sunday Times Culture
27 JUNE 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Seducing rapt crowds from Primavera Sound to Field Day, and with her debut appearance at Glastonbury on the horizon, rising soul artist Celeste has unveiled her enthralling new single "Coco Blood", out now on Polydor Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company.
“Coco Blood is a coming of age song,” Celeste reveals, “The main lyric ‘are you warm enough’ is about an inner conversation with yourself. It’s asking yourself the question, ‘are you strong enough, are you good enough, are you determined enough to achieve and acquire all the things that you wish for and desire.” The song’s name is also a reference to Celeste’s British-Jamaican heritage; the blood that runs through her body.
The striking artwork for the single, which sees Celeste have her usual afro style braided in four different ways, was shot by Akinola Davies aka Crackstevens – who will also direct the forthcoming official video – collaged and creative-directed by Celeste and designed by Bryan Rivera, the “pop culture powerhouse” (It’s Nice That) whose work has covered records by Kali Uchis, Kanye West, Post Malone and more.
With 2019 barely at its halfway point, Celeste has already had a hugely successful few months with a BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session and notable festival dates across Europe under her belt, not to mention supporting the iconic Neneh Cherry in her hometown of Brighton, being handpicked by heritage British fashion label Mulberry to perform at their summer party and her own sold out headline shows in London, New York and Los Angeles. See full list of upcoming international live dates HERE.
NME hailed Celeste’s midnight set at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound “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.”
Celeste’s breakout 2018 singles "Both Sides of the Moon" and "Lately" and January’s devastating "Father’s Son" were joined together in stunning collection the Lately EP this March. The 5-track release, which also included the new tracks, "Summer" featuring Jeshi and "Ugly Thoughts", cemented her status as one of the UK’s most captivating new acts, seeing support from industry heavyweights Annie Mac, Julie Adenuga, Clara Amfo, Elton John, i-D, Wonderland and many more.
Poised for greatness, this is just the beginning for Celeste.
Listen to the Lately EP HERE
Watch the music video for the EP title track HERE
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