Into the spotlight for which she was born steps a genuine diva. With musical wisdom that belies her youth, Celeste Rizvana Buckingham seamlessly blends contemporary R&B, soul and hip-hop, and can rock a street corner jam just as easily as a sold-out stadium. For Celeste, it’s not about genre or numbers, but message and heart. Whether she’s deftly balancing the whisper and thunder of a power ballad or just crooning lounge style, her voice is pure passion and intense ingenuity. Get ready to make your finger sore from hitting the replay button. Ears really can smile.
The Pop Princess of Europe, as some critics and fans have called her, refers to her performing powers as a “a gift,” modestly glossing over the endless hours she’s spent honing her singing and songwriting skills. And with the opening lines of her 20-million-view smash debut hit, Run, Run, Run, she lets us know there’s depth to complement those operatic pipes: “All is fair in love and war / but all I do is love you more…” That’s the kind of compression and wit you would expect from a veteran wordsmith, not a 17-year old ingénue, but eight years on Celeste continues to electrify the industry with works whose quality and individuality keep her in a league of her own.
Already a certified platinum artist and MTV Music Award winner in Europe, with two Billboard Mainstream Top 40 songs to add to her record (Crushin’ My Fairytale and Go Away) she has also collected numerous European Music awards and a Radio Disney nomination to boot. She was the youngest X-Factor judge and the second youngest Cosmopolitan cover model in history, an official ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, and has starred in two feature films.
In addition to her musical career, Celeste, a motivational speaker, is committed to many philanthropic and charitable organizations and causes, such as CARE.org, Boys & Girls Club of America, Fond 84 (Autism Awareness), and is also an active spokesperson for women’s rights and body positivity. She has represented Habitat for Humanity (SK), Fair-Trade Initiatives (SK), and was also listed as one of the Forbes 30 Under 30. She is also the co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Education (IFSE) , a non-profit organization that works for the benefit and education of minority children in poor or marginalized communities.
“Music is food for the soul,” she says. Check out this vocal icon and feast on the music and message that is Celeste Buckingham’s music.
Biography by Christian Nagle, PhD