Watch List: Celeste Stoney Asks 'What's Love Got To Do With It'
With her soulfully dynamic and powerfully articulate vocals providing the arresting centerpiece, singer/songwriter Celeste Stoney's on-stage heart-on-the-sleeve passion is what marks her out as one to watch, this potent combination the personification of the elemental importance of music and performing to her life, with Stoney saying that this instinctive affinity reflects the fact that 'I've just loved music since before I can remember, and I couldn't imagine my life without it'. Proving her statement that 'I love having a big band behind me, with horns and background singers, you know, I just love that organic sound; that real music, that feelgood music', here Stoney gives a powerhouse rendition of Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got to Do With It' at a recent Hollywood showcase.
Growing up around music, her grandmother was an opera singer and her father a self-taught musician, Stoney has been singing and performing since age five. Influenced by soul music and the pop stars of the 80's - Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna - she says 'I love melody driven songs...the melody is so important, big hooks, and just songs that touch the soul', with these things being reflected in her own musical mix of pop, soul & retro-funk, all of which is crowned by the effortless power and control of her richly distinctive voice.
A talented songwriter signed to global publisher Peermusic, with a catalogue of over 300 songs, Stoney began in the music business as a studio writer and singer at Def Jam Records. With a decade of collaborations with Grammy winners and Billboard platinum artists, her achievements as a songwriter include a UK #9 for 'Bad Girl' with rapper Fugative, 'Lightning' on American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez's debut album, and 'Exit Wounds' on Bobby Brown's comeback album. Having worked in the studio writing for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, and One Direction, as well as on several TV and film projects, she also has a platinum plaque for her feature on Ja Rule's 'Last Temptation' album.
Having appeared on 'Making The Band' and 'American Idol', Stoney is now forging her own path on the music scene, recently stepping out into the spotlight as an artist in her own right with 'My Kind Of Crazy' and a gig at the House Of Blues. Looking to share with others her belief that 'music should touch the soul, it should comfort, it should heal; it should do all those things', she hopes to 'make music that makes people smile, makes them laugh, that makes them want to dance...gets them through a hard day, a bad break up, you know, makes them want to fall in love, or just heal them from the pain of losing someone', adding that 'I've dreamed of this my whole life, and there's nothing else that I could ever imagine doing that gives me this much joy'.