By the age of 17, Celeste Buckingham had already conquered the European music scene. Born in Switzerland to a Swiss-American family, she rose to international recognition on the program SuperStar, indisputably solidifying her status as a pop star in Eastern Europe along the way. Her 2012 full-length debut, Don’t Look Back [EMI Czech Republic], yielded the Top 10 single “Run Run Run”, which even garnered the honor of “Best Czech & Slovak Act” at the MTV Europe Music Awards. However, in 2013, Celeste officially arrived in the United States, immediately turning heads as she commenced her next conquest.
Flaunting true individuality and an inimitable presence, she captured the attention of fans and tastemakers alike via her soulful delivery and impeccable vocal stylings evocative of influences such as Etta James, Adele, and Joss Stone. She describes her sound best though.
“I never follow a specific genre,” Celeste exclaims. “The music that I like to write and perform is raw and organic with a lot of soul and even a little bit of jazz.”
Stateside, she began a collaborative partnership with musical director Earl Cohen—whose credits include everybody from Lady Gaga, Pharrell, and P!nk to Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, and David Bowie. Together, they began working on her inaugural North American album in earnest during early 2014 with Celeste co-writing everything. In the midst of creating music, she became nominated in the “Best New Artist” category at the Radio Disney Music Awards, marking a major U.S. accolade.
Ultimately though, the best way to meet Celeste is through her music. “I am a songwriter first and foremost,” she declares. “I live the song, and every single piece is like a story or a movie. I develop a relationship to it, and I like to write about subjects that are important to me, my friends, and other young people out there. Music is a ladder for the soul. It should have content, meaning, and beauty.”
That mentality extends to her pursuits outside of music too as she remains dedicated to numerous philanthropic and charitable pursuits. Her track “Nobody Knows” benefited children with Autism, while the video for “I’m Not Sorry” spoke out against discrimination towards women. She also takes time to work with The Boys And Girls Club of America as well as CARE.org.
Celeste stands poised to make a very big impact and could very well change pop music in the process…
From The Press
Bubbling Under: Celeste Buckingham, RAC, Que, Signature – Billboard Magazine : Buckingham Begins ‘Run’
Singer Celeste Buckingham, 18, is poised to make her airplay chart debut with “Run Run Run.” The big-voiced artist, who previously competed on the Czech Republic version of “American Idol,” is receiving early support from Radio Disney. The Mr. 305-signed singer’s introductory single was the outlet’s 23rd most-played song during the Dec. 30-Jan. 5 Nielsen BDS tracking week, with 30 plays.
– Billboard Magazine
Celeste Buckingham – Next Female Pop Star – Creative Edge Music
“That’s what strikes me the most about Celeste’s music: it has a very “real” and authentic element to it. The sound is very true, passionate, and trustworthy if that makes sense. I am not hearing anything fake or overly produced; rather, it’s just all raw and real goodness. And while I’ve captioned this article as “Next Pop Star”, I’m not entirely sure Pop is an accurate label for her music.”
– CREATIVE EDGE MUSIC
“Some say Celeste Buckingham, the drop dead gorgeous Slovakian songstress, is the best thing to have happened to contemporary music as of late and in all honesty, they’re not wrong. Much like many other sensational fellow singers, our talented star (that is Celeste) not only sings, she also writes her own songs…. Celeste, in the book of music gurus, is the ‘next big thing’ and an artist to watch out for. If you have not had the chance to catch her live in action, you’re missing out. Just make sure to grab tickets to her show the next time our gorgeous, melodious star comes to your city.”
– TICKETS MOVE MAG
“I LOVE your voice. It’s mature and naturally tuned. You don’t need all that auto tune crap because you are perfection. I just googled you and you’re younger than me. So much talent done in your life so far it makes me happy to know that our generation has hope in music. Your music actually has a message beyond the stereotype of sex, drugs, drinking, and partying. You have depth and class while you add a modern style, you keep the message clear in your lyrics.”
“You are truly an inspiration”
“… she FLAWLESSLY sings herself through “Run, Run, Run”, with a delicate and smart jazz sound thats fused with a happy go lucky pop song. Her tone is mature and not forced and the authenticity of her writing is ever present as she has also crafted this song. I’ve attached “Run, Run, Run” so you can get the jist of her musical genius. This one is radio ready and a chart topper for the US GUARANTEED. Can we also agree that her video is perfect for her and this song. No distracting visuals, just Celeste and her pop/jazz vibe!”