ABOUT

Not really looking for a band at this time. If another musician or band jumped out at me, I might consider doing it again. In the meantime, I continue as a solo artist and find that satisfies my need to express myself musically.

Have worked as a part time/full time musician/vocalist since I was a teenager in acoustic folk, roots, rock, country, Celtic, lounge and even sang some sea shanties and Harry Belafonte on the after-deck of my dad’s schooner.

I have 2 musically eclectic style (because I can) CD's that have gospel lyrics (because I believe) and a country demo and have performed nearly every genre of music live over the past several decades.

Another lifetime ago I had my own band called Lonesome Dove and was privileged to have played with some excellent studio musicians who often played for people a lot more famous than I. Their willingness allowed me a season of true growth in my vocal range.

I was with Rammy, a Celtic fusion band that played traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes mixed with an eclectic variety of other genres for which I provided lead and bg vocals and played some pretty fun percussion, including bodhran. Sadly, Rammy recently dis-banded (sorry for the pun). We all still love each other but things just do run their course. Also do some work with Earl Grey.Hot! a band that plays lounge and easy listening for background at corporate dinners, weddings etc.

As a solo gospel artist I travel with “tracks” – sorry but most musicians don’t want to work for free and small conferences, ladies’ luncheons and Christian missions and churches don’t pay a lot.

The tunes that I have uploaded here are from my own gospel CDs and from my country/rockabilly compilation CD and do not necessarily reflect all the genres that I love to do but rather give you a taste of what I've recorded in the past. The audio song list is eclectic - country/rockabilly/gospel in the lower ranges and Christian contemporary with some soprano thrown in for a little variety.

Screen name:
celestez
Member since:
Jul 15 2009
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
35
Gigs played:
Over 100

Influences

The list of musical influences could go on and on because I love to sing recognizable hits and make them my own but this will give you the gist of it and you can add etc at the end of each list:
Country – Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wynonna/The Judds/Trishia Yearwood/Reba McEntire/Tanya Tucker/Shania Twain/Patti Loveless/Linda Ronstadt/K.D. Lang/Michelle Wright/Lacy J. Dalton and of course classic country’s Patsy Cline.
R&B/Soul/Gospel/Christian Contemporary - Mahalia Jackson/Sandi Paty/Amy Grant/Lynda Randle/Lauren Talley/The Martins/Ben E. King/ Sam Cooke/ Mavis Staples and other greats (always wanted to do some Aretha but never did)
Rock – Stevie Nicks/Bob Seger/Creedence/BTO/Marshall Tucker Band
Pop/Jazz/Lounge – Billy Holiday/Bette Midler /Peggy Lee/Sarah McLachlan/Sarah Brightman (because I can)/ Eva Cassidy (whom I believe except for her untimely death was destined to be one of the greatest eclectic arrangers/singers of our time);
Folk - Loreena McKennitt/Joan Baez/Joni Mitchell/Peter Paul & Mary/Harry Belafonte

I do a solo program called Sentimental Journey for corporate, women's and seniors' groups and clubs that don't mind me using "back tracks". It is a tour through the decades in music that includes cover tunes from Doris Day/Kay Star/Connie Francis/Peggy Lee/ Rosemary Clooney/Teresa Brewer/Buddy Holly/Brenda Lee/Jo Stafford/Elvis/Bob Seger and more with lots of current performers already mentioned above. The program is tailored to the group paying the bill and I would love to be able to do this program with a band when the fees allow.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Advanced
Other Percussion:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

I have a small PA that works for me as a solo and with a duo that I'm involved in and I am able to do sound from the stage when needed. Yorkville Sound 8 track mixer amp w internal FX. 2 Vega 12's, mics/stands etc.

MUSIC

CALENDAR

Past Events

Join Rammy for a jig or two at Stewart Maguire's Landing, 15 Allen Drive, Bolton, ON

Be sure to reserve by calling 905-857-7890

Playing Stewart Maguire's Landing, 15 Allen Drive, Bolton, ON
Come for an afternoon of good food, good music and wholesome fun. Bring the whole family for a "Late Brunch or Early Lupper"

Be sure to reserve a table by calling Stewart Maguire's Landing, 905-857-7890