When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I used to sing when I was little. I would make up songs that drove my brother crazy. As I got older, I would sing to legends on the radio. I tried to match tone and vibrato before I even know what that was. When I was 11 I joined a choir. It was absolutely awful! I was told not to train my voice until I was 17 when it wouldn’t go through changes anymore so I waited, but I kept singing. That is when I found out, opera is what my voice was made for, but my passion was singing whatever I could and making it my own. It wasn’t until college that I realized that I could actually do something with my talent.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I have to thank my mom. She made me study opera and she made me find my own voice, not sound like the artists I was singing to. I grew up listening to the Spinners, the Chi-Lites, Gladys Knight, Sam Cooke, Earth Wind and Fire, Whitney Houston and other Motown, Rock, Old Country (5 Blind Boys of Alabama, Clint Black, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton) and Light Rock greats and many others. My mom would always tell me not to put myself in a box and to appreciate all genres of music. Even though I may not like it, all of it has its place in the world. And I did listen to everything, even international music of different languages.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
I got tired of being told that I had to stick to one genre and that is all I would ever sing. I couldn’t accept that. So I sat down and thought, okay I need to make music to fit my voice and have the elements that I love. I need to take what I love and make it my own. So I do. Electronica Hip (H)Opera was born. There are many forms of sound that can be created in my genre. My music has operatic. classical elements through strings; hip hop beat to give the music rhythm and beat, Dubstep, and Edm elements that hit hard or bring a unique sound and interesting chord progressions. These are the things that move me. I knew that the music had to be as banging as the vocals.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My greatest challenges are my concept is different and unique. so being the creator can stifle sometimes in trying to translate my sound into a visual representation. I know what I want to hear, but it doesn’t always work in a cohesive way. It can be difficult to create content in a timely manner so I become frustrated because I want to move faster than time can allow. I am also a bit a perfectionist, so when something is not right to me, I am my biggest critic until I feel it is portrayed right, and that can take time.
My greatest attributes are I get input from my team to problem solve what needs to be done. I listen to my team and communicate constantly. They give me a different set of ears. I come up with really cool ideas that are unique to me and my audience. I always strive to be professional and carry thankfulness in all that I do and how I treat people. I love to collaborate to create masterpieces that the masses can enjoy and really feel.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I believe I am because it is my creation, but I could be better. I said I was a perfectionist. Any artist could always put in more work and more training. I am no different. No one else can have the vision for my art because I am the one that visualizes it into reality, but I listen to my fans and what inspires people about my creations to continue to grow and be better.
What are your plans for the near future?
My plans are to sing and create songs for video games and to perform for Comic-Cons and gaming conventions. I want to create shows that are a mind-blowing and truly unique experience. There is something so magical about the virtual world of video games and Comic-cons come to life that makes my music come alive. The day I hear my music in an epic video game will put the biggest smile on my face. I also plan to perform internationally.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I would like to thank the Celiane the Voice Team. Without you guys, I couldn’t do what I love to do. They believe in me so much they are in it to win it! I want to thank my mom for guiding my voice and my brother for always telling me to shut up but secretly believing in me; all my family, and all my music families and choirs I have had the pleasure to serve and lead. You guys gave me the strength to keep going and never give up. I want to thank my coaches, acting, and singing that help me hone my gifts and taught me to never stop learning and practicing.
I thank my PR guru at The Posh Firm, the first industry professional to believe in my music and see where it could go and what magic we can make. And I want to thank my producer, Mr. Williams for taking my rough sketches of songs and making them masterpieces. You are the golden magic behind my music. Lastly, I want to thank my students over the years that told me to keep going and that one day, they would be listening to my music. I am grateful and thankful to all of you beyond words.
How can fans find you?
Soundcloud: Divine Celiane
Reverbnation: Celiane the Voice
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can’t do in your own creations. Someone somewhere will love it! Break that box. It may take longer to create a path others will try to copy or walk down, but you will be the legend that started it and no one will ever forget! Most important, but love and appreciation in every experience good or bad, and in everything you do and in every person you meet. It is what makes you who you are and who you are, are legendary.
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