Flashmag Digizine Edition Issue 107 July 2020 - Page 49

Artists to follow

Celeste Epiphany Waite was born in Culver City, California, on May 5th 1994 to an Essex-born mother and a Jamaican father who lived in the US. Following her parents' separation, she moved to Dagenham at the age of three, before moving to the village of Saltdean near Brighton at the age of five, where she spent most of her early years. At the age of 10, Celeste spent a year doing ballet at a performing arts school where teachers had offered her a scholarship. She recalls becoming interested in music through discovering Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, whose music was played throughout her family home, before discovering her own music from names such as Thelonious Monk, Koyo Taylor and Sun Ra through YouTube and iTunes at the age of 14. Celeste recalls singing hymns at church in Brighton as one of her earliest musical memories. When Celeste was 16, her father died of lung cancer, aged 49.



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