TRANSFORMATEURS is Celia's third full length studio release. The songs and music contained are influenced by artists such as Burt Bacharach, Carole King, and The Isley Brothers. Celia's aim as a musical artist is to create unique music that is fun, thought-provoking, and beautiful.
Recorded and mixed by Denise Barbarita and Chris Moore, TRANSFORMATEURS features a brand-new sound from Celia: a hybrid sound of LOVE-O-RAMA and DANGER: LIVE WIRE!
The result: a new view into the musical and magical world of grooviness. The dusty, derelict prairie meets the mud and decay of the Mississippi River bottoms.
I came to St. Louis in 2001 from Kansas and my musical journey came to new life because I discovered jazz and soul music. Then I re-discovered cowboy songs and realized the essential role of my Kansas roots in my music. TRANSFORMATEURS ranges from new original prairie folk songs to science fiction soul.
TRANSFORMATEURS was made between July 2007 - December 2008 by Celia with some help from her friends:
Celia's Big Rock Band recorded several songs with engineer Chris Moore of East Hall Studio in Fayetteville Arkansas. Celia's Big Rock Band is Celia, Melinda Winifred Jane Tentrees on voice and guitar, Herb James on bass, and Tom Collins on drums. This is Celia's St. Louis band.
Bruce Cockburn guest starred on two tracks, "Armadillo" and "Things You'll Miss", recorded at Kampo Studios in New York City with Denise Barbarita at the helm. This band featured Celia on acoustic guitar, Bruce on electric guitar, Herb James on bass, and Rich Kulsar on drums. This band was formed to make these 2 recordings with Bruce.
Some additional tracking occurred in Denise's Queens apartment and Celia's brother Shack's home studio. The mixing duties were split between Chris Moore and Denise Barbarita.
She is born, my people:
I believe this is my best work. My music and artistic collaborators on this project are some of the finest in their fields. I am particularly honored to guest star Bruce Cockburn on "Things You'll Miss" and "Armadillo". Bruce is my friend and most treasured musical hero, and his appearance on my record is indeed A DREAM COME TRUE.
My artwork features a one-of-a-kind Times Square street scene, a custom collage, created by Mike Pagano.