© Alessandro Raimondo
Anyone who has experienced the young Englishwoman Celeste live knows that this could be the beginning of a great career. During her appearance at the Reeperbahn, for example, she needed little more than a pianist, her voice and her aura to cast a spell over an entire theatre. Celeste's singing evokes memories of the legends of her guild, Amy, Etta, Ella, Otis and of course Aretha. And indeed, Aretha Franklin was the first singer to touch Celeste's heart at the tender age of six. "She's the first singer I can remember," Celeste tells me in an interview. "I drove with my grandfather through the city, he had a tape of her - and noticed immediately that I loved this music. So my grandpa played me 24 more songs from her." Celeste first discovered her own voice in the Brighton Church Choir, where she spent her childhood. Later, at school, she found a clique that shared her love of jazz, soul and pop, first playing cover versions and then starting to find her own lyrics and sound. And he's already sitting: Her "Lately" EP is the finest soul pop, history-conscious and modern at the same time. Songs like "Father's Son" or "Strange" show not only her great voice but also how pointed and emotional Celestes songwriting is. She says: "I understand my sound better now and know exactly how I want to work as an artist. Music isn't just about beautiful singing - it's about having something to say." Wise words from a young, incredibly talented woman who can finally be seen live in Germany again in May.