Winner of the BBC Sound of 2020 poll and the 2020 BRITs Rising Star award, not to mention a string of sold-out shows, there sure is a lot going for Celeste. The California-born British-Jamaican soul singer has yet to release an album and her journey is only beginning, but without a doubt we’re talking about, as NME put it, a once-in-a-generation talent. Someone you must experience. In August you can do it at Way Out West.
Celeste Epiphany Waite got into music when she discovered artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, whose music was being played at her granddad’s place when she grew up. At the age of sixteen she wrote her first song, Sirens, inspired by the death of her father. In 2016 Celeste dropped her debut single, Daydreaming, the following year saw the release of her EP, The Milk & the Honey, and last year she broke through with the thoughtful, sparse ballad Strange. Celeste’s first full-length album is expected to arrive in September.
Celeste will play at Way Out West on Thursday August 13.