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by Celia

Soul-Pop groove-driven heavy-duty heady & passionate life-riddle music.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You make me high
2:37 $0.99
2. Like You
3:13 $0.99
3. Magical
4:57 $0.99
4. Hell is in your mind
2:58 $0.99
5. White Trophy
2:56 $0.99
6. No Good Man
2:46 $0.99
7. Don't Dance
3:38 $0.99
8. 100 Women
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9. Tenement Waltz
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10. Land of the Free
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Album Notes
Think Fiona Apple and Mary J. Blige...Celia’s original voice and perspective comes from a complicated background of gospel church in London's south-end, Bluegrass in the Midwest and an instinctive soulfulness that laments and rocks out on stage….Celia feeds herself on blues, funk, soul, R&B and this you feel in her live shows.

Her performances include shows alongside Melissa Ferrick and Toshi Reagon and features at The Bitter End, NYC, Club Passim in Boston, Club Helsinki in Great Barrington and The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA. She has performed up and down from Maine to New York touring with her band which includes Celia on keys, Joe Boyle on guitar, Chris Ryan on drums, and John O’Boyle on bass.

Celia's voice developed in church in London England…Her unending love of gospel started then, and was matched with a steady diet of Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Anita Baker, Vandross. Later she steeped herself in Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday. A love of language and writers like Leonard Cohen, Charles Bukowski, and Basho influences a tender, raw lyrical style. A stint in Missouri saw her singing at hootenannies and later she began composing on guitar and piano in Maui and continued on the East Coast.

Celia released one solo album, "While I Lay Watching", in 2001, and in 2003 created “Break” in an old Housatonic train station studio with producer Robby Baier of Soultube.com. Funk and soul oriented, Celia co-writes with Bruce Knowlton (guitarist), Robby Baier, and other Western Mass musicians.

Provocative, haunting and rocking, Celia and her band perform songs from Break, and a whole new set of soul/pop songs which are waiting for their day in the studio.



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Break is one of my favorite new CD's! I can listen to it from start to finish, without skipping any tracks. The whole CD is fantastic. I enjoy it's refeshing variety and soulfullness.

Daniel Oppenheimer

wastrel white girl blues folk rock, along the lines of Fiona Apple, Mary J. Blig
August 28, 2003
Brontë Rock
Celia , a singer-songwriter based out of Northampton, sings wastrel white girl blues folk rock, along the lines of Fiona Apple but with an odder, janglier inflection. She seems to be one of those deeply introverted people who, rather than write bad poetry, or fall into narcissism, has found a way to tranform her oddly-calibrated perspective into art.
Break , her new album, is pretty great, drenched in a hothouse atmosphere, like something by Apple or Tori Amos, but distinguished by more complicated beats. There's a little bit of Mary J. Blige in there too, and many of her songs could, with little dissonance, accomodate an MC rhyming through the resonant vocals.

If she sounds two-thirds as good live as she does on her album, her show at Harry's on Sunday, the second of what seems to be a series of CD release parties, it'll be worth the five bucks.

Seth Rogovoy

electronic tinged insinuating piece of Jane Siberry-like techno-folk,
Celia plugs in.

Pioneer Valley singer-songwriter Celia turned to two of Berkshire County’s top songwriters and producers for help when it came time to record her second CD, “Break,” the release of which will be celebrated in concert by Celia and her band (including guitarist Sue Burkhart of Superkart, guitarist/keyboardist Jim Weeks, bassist John O’Boyle, and drummer Chris Ryan) on Sunday at Club Helsinki (413-528-3394). Bruce Knowlton and Robby Baier lend instrumental and songwriting support on “Break,” which kicks off with “You Make Me High,” an insinuating piece of Jane Siberry-like techno-folk. The album includes other electronic-tinged folk numbers that also draw upon the services of Baier’s Melodrome bandmates, like “Magical” and “White Trophy,” and one crunching rocker, “Hell Is in Your Mind,” but Celia also mines her rootsy, bluesy side on acoustic numbers like “No Good Man” and “100 Women.”

Donny Moorhouse, Springfield Republican

top ten of year
"the cd" sounds great and sits firmly in my Top 10 for
the year.

Northeast Performer

Utterly haunting with a calmy insistent piano and beautiful breaking vocals.
...'Break' would be worth the purchase just to have the second to last song, 'Tenement Waltz', which is utterly haunting and subtely psychologically disturbing, like some half-remembered Poe tale. The calmly insistent piano melody supports Celia's beautiful breaking vocals and aging-centered lyrics, which are dealt with in such a straightforward manner it's unnerving. This is something to cry yourself to sleep to and could quite possibly be the most bittersweetly depressing song ever written - something only...some obscure Eastern Europan art film...could evoke.

Stash S.I. NY

Amazing Record
Celia grabs the listener and refuses to let go. Just plain amazing songwriting, haunting delivery. You need this record.

ROckin' Robert Reverb Tomberlin

"this gal is hot! makes acoustic vibe with entirely different vocal...."
MAN!!!!!!!! this gal is HOT!! She makes the acoustics vibe with an entirely "diffrerent" vocal sound. I haven't seen anything close to this unique style"EVER" !! This is one of a kind. This cd does something to me! Man you just gotta check it out.........A great addition to anybodies cd collection, this artist get's a "10+++" rating from the Reverb...... peace-out