"striking and poignant"
"sings like an omen"
"foreboding and very telling of the critical state of our world"
Whether you choose to believe the prophets from the Bible or not, some say that we are now witnessing their premonitions. Over-population and global warming are just the tip of the iceberg.
Throughout the centuries, there have been claims made by people in different parts of the world that the Virgin Mary has appeared to them. A remarkable list of miracles, cures and interventions are attributed to Her. Each year, an estimated 10 million visit the Basilica in Mexico City, the most visited Catholic church in the world, 2nd to The Vatican and the site of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 9, 1531. Including Fatima, and several other global locations, the Virgin Mary's apparition last appeared in Banneaux, Belgium in 1933.
If God, Jesus, Mary and the Holy Spirit all came together to make their presence known now or in the near future, how would we react? Should it ever happen, will we be ready?
c. 2012 Songs For Charlie Music, BMI
About Celeste . . .
Critically acclaimed as a prolific songwriter and passionate performer, GRAMMY nominee and award-winning artist and composer Celeste Friedman leaves you inspired, as well as entertained. She is the granddaughter of big-band leader Leo Reichert and began the study of classical piano at age six, performing in International Music League competitions with the classic works of the composers of the 18th century.
"A brilliant raconteur and painter of lyrical portraits"
. . . Legend Magazine
"Everyone should be singing her songs!"
. . . Craig Harris, The Boston Globe
. . . Anna Hovind, CNN News, Atlanta
That Voice . . .
It was her voice that she discovered was her ideal instrument. From opera arias to rhythm & blues, Celeste developed her own contralto and mezzo-soprano voice. At the age of sixteen, she auditioned for a local rock-pop group, in which she performed as lead singer and keyboardist for nearly a decade, touring across the United States and Canada.
A Parallel Journey . . .
In perfect alignment with her music career, Celeste was invited to present her own radio program in the late 1970’s for WNKO Radio in Newark, Ohio, which led to positions as on-air radio personality for WTVN Radio and WBNS Radio in Columbus, Ohio, becoming the first female on-air talent in the Central Ohio prime time market. By the mid-eighties, her voice was heard throughout the Midwestern United States and into Canada over the airwaves, in addition to co-hosting, producing and writing for the television series, “Dimension Magazine”.
By the early 1990's, she was the program director and afternoon drive talent for WIJY Radio in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Her interview for the job was playing 18 holes on the Harbourtown golf course. During her tenure there, she met and interviewed the incomparable tennis star Martina Navratilova and the late Payne Stewart of the PGA, along with the upcoming golf and tennis talents we know and love in the current sports industry.
Interpretation . . .
Celeste has been no stranger to the theatre, embarquing on adventures as the supporting female actress in the Player’s Theatre production of “The Pirates of Penzance” in the role of Kate. As a writer, she wrote and produced a musical for children, “The Quest of the Sixteen Crayons”. Several of her original children’s songs have been presented in school productions across the United States.
From the Heart . . .
Since 2000, Friedman has released six singer-songwriter albums, "K.I.D.!" ; “Every Tear I Know” ; “Live at the Bluebird Café” ; “The Tide” ; “Single 101” and "The Road to Santiago, along with several single CD's, such as "The Son of A Soldier"; "What Would John Lennon Say?"; and her latest, "I Saw God Down on Hollywood Boulevard".
She has authored and self-published two books, “Single 101: 101 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single” and “Locked Inside”. As a composer, Celeste scored the music for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, "The Glory of Living"; the first season of the cable thriller, “Irving Renquist, Ghost Hunter”; the pilot for “The French Kitchen” for The Food Network; and her work was featured in the short film, "Young Folks”, showcased in Festival des Cannes-2008.
Friedman was chosen as one of the 50 writers from the 50 states by the Music for Troops organization, included in the compilation, “All States, All Stars” and featuring her haunting ballad, “Wild Horses” in 2007. Music For Troops selected Celeste again in 2009 for their next compliation project, "Operation 11.11.09", featuring her ballad, "A Home Run", for which she was previously nominated for a Pat Weaver Award in 1995. Over 50,000 copies of these 3-CD boxed sets have been sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Celeste has written and produced over twenty album collections for children, creating and presenting for Artists in Schools, including her award-winning musical/historical program “O is for Ohio” for the Ohio Bicentennial. Ms. Friedman was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for her children’s rock ‘n roll shuffle, “K.I.D.!”, a part of a compilation project with The State of Ohio, “One to Grow On”, as well as her album of the same title, "K.I.D!", released in 2000. In 2006, SillyBooks.net in Australia designed an animation for her original musing of pirates, parrots and treasure in , “I Sail the Sea”, illustrated by Aija Jasuna, animation by Natalia Vokhtinskaya.
In December of 2001, Celeste traveled to lower Manhattan with donated books for local schools and gifts for Ladder #13. After presenting a concert for children, whose lives were directly impacted by the World Trade Center tragedy, she produced a CD collection just for them, “Readapalooza for New York Kids”, featuring her single, “America”. Her visit and contributions were recognized by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the Department of Education for the State of New York. To learn more, please visit: http://www.16crayons.com
“You can only see properly with your heart. The essential is invisible to the eye.”
. . . Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Author of “Le Petit Prince"
Challenges and Blessings . . .
Celeste Friedman is accustomed to leaping over what to some would be insurmountable obstacles. At the age of thirty-five, she was diagnosed with the crippling disease of rheumatoid arthritis, challenged with painful disability.
“the more I sense a calling to continue to write and perform, the less I understand why I was dealt a bad hand", Friedman says, "but God has given me a voice to overcome many road blocks throughout my life”.
She refuses to give up, enjoying one mere success at a time against all odds. Celeste believes that her disability is a blessing in many ways, leading to opportunities that may have never entered her life. With every audience, young and old, she shares the mastery of music, claiming its healing power is the reason for her own survival. Boldly forging ahead, she smiles, “don’t allow the twisted fingers to fool you”. When asked how she manages the pain, she claims, “on stage or in the studio, all I feel is the music”.
Sharing her mission and message to organizations that care for disabled veterans, children with disabilities and people of all ages with developmental disabilities, her multi-media presentations are examples of where love helps us to overcome our challenges, as in her song and video, "Love is Gonna Do It", featured at the PRISMS 7th International Conference on Smith-Magenis Syndrome in 2012.
The Road Ahead . . .
Named “A Woman to Watch” by Columbus Monthly Magazine, Celeste Friedman never fails to surprise with her multitude of talents. Her most recent album collection reveals personal passions and experiences along her journey in search of healing in “The Road to Santiago”, a reflection of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Always immersed in a diversity of projects, Friedman will soon tour with a live presentation for middle grade and high school girls, “Locked Inside”, a companion to her current eBook, with a mission to inspire and support young women experiencing the challenges of adolescence.
Awards and Nominations . . .
2005 GRAMMY Award nomination, music & education category: "K.I.D.!"
2005 Ohioana Library Association Citation Award in Music and Education
2009 Radio Indy GrIndie Award for “Live at the Bluebird Café” 2010 Indie Track of the Year Awards from the Starliner’s Radio Network, The Netherlands
2009/ 2010 Indie Artist of the Year on the Starliner’s Radio Network in The Netherlands
1995/ 1997 Pat Weaver Award nomination for contributions in television
Ms. Friedman's contributions have been recognized by The Points of Light Foundation, The Ohio State University, Voices of Hope, The Ohio Bicentennial Commission and the Department of Education of The State of New York.
National and International Media Credits . . .
National Public Radio; Music Choice; A Prairie Home Companion; Live! with Regis and Kelly; the ESPN Network. Internationally, her music has garnered global airplay and rave reviews in the U.K., France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, Argentina and Australia.
Celeste’s CD, "Live at the Bluebird Cafe", released March 5, 2009, features live performances over the past 15 years from the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville. In 2007, her release "Every Tear I Know" reached #1 in Austria and #4 in Italy.
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