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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. 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.
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.
For eight years, 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 dis-banded (sorry for the pun) a couple of years ago. We all still love each other but things just do run their course. We've talked about getting back together but it hasn't happened and I don't expect it will as the rest of the band has either moved or busy with day jobs. Also did some work with Earl Grey.Hot! a band that played lounge and easy listening for background at corporate dinners, weddings etc.
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.
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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.
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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.
He Laid His Hand On Me
He Laid His Hand On Me Genre: Christian / Gospel
Recorded for my CD Driving Nails
Black Coffee Album: Celeste Compilation Genre: Country
A Lacey J. Dalton fav of mine
Gift of Song
Gift of Song Album: Not My Will Genre: Christian / Gospel
Written and recorded for my first gospel cd in 1990.
My Strongest Weakness
My Strongest Weakness Album: Celeste Compilation Genre: Country
Recorded as part of a country and gospel compilation
Down at the Twist & Shout
Down at the Twist & Shout Genre: Country
Recorded for my Country Compilation
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight Album: Celeste Country and Gospel Compilation Genre: Southern Rock
Recorded "live" with Lonesome Dove. Recorded on someone's portable cassette recorder back in the day.
Gramma's Prayers Album: Driving Nails Genre: Christian / Gospel
Wrote and recorded this for one of my Gospel CDs
Swing Low Album: Not My Will Genre: Christian / Gospel
A tribute to Mahalia Jackson, the first gospel singer I ever saw and to the long tradition of gospel music in the world.
Patsy Cline Medley
Patsy Cline Medley Album: Rehearsal
Chose the tunes and recorded this during a rehearsal with Lonesome Dove
Take it Back
Take it Back Album: Celeste Compilation Genre: Southern Rock
Recorded for my Country and Gospel Compilation
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Blue Moon of Kentucky Album: Live
Lonesome Dove at the Alliston Potato Festival
We Shall See Him As He Is
We Shall See Him As He Is Genre: Christian Contemporary
Chose this song for you to hear because it highlights the soprano range as well. Hope you enjoy and are blessed!
Forever Endeavour Genre: Country
Written by Eric Mahar and recorded with permission for my demo
In Heaven's Eyes
In Heaven's Eyes Genre: Christian Contemporary
Duet recorded for my CD Not My Will. A little different but shows the eclectic nature of the music I love to do.
ANNUAL SPRING & SUMMER FASHION SHOW
RSVP Ministries event
Music & Speaker - Celeste Zugec
Barrie Legion, 410 St. Vincent Street, Barrie, ON
Reservations by April 4th please: Janet 705-735-0926 or Pat 705-487-3739
Fashions for Spring with Pazazz of Shelburne
Guest Singer and Speaker - Celeste Zugec
Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex,
200 Fiddle Park Lane, Shelburne, ON
$5. at the door - Reservations 519-925-6479