Born in the U.S. but raised in the U.K., soulful R&B vocalist Celeste Waite channels influences such as Aretha Franklin and Billie Holiday to craft languid, jazzy numbers that are elevated by her powerful voice and poetic lyrics. Emerging in the late 2010s, she issued her first official short-player, The Milk & The Honey, before signing with the majors for her follow-up, 2019's Lately.
Not long after she was born in Los Angeles, the artist who performs simply as Celeste returned to Essex with her British mother. Surrounded by eclectic characters and unique experiences that informed her young life, she was also shaped by the struggles of being biracial in a homogenous town. Eventually, Celeste and her mother moved to Brighton, where daily church attendance helped develop her vocals while singing hymns. In the secular pop sphere, Celeste fell in love with Franklin, Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, the Supremes, Destiny's Child, and Solange. Her father passed away when she was 16 and, years later when she happened upon his old vinyl collection, she immersed herself in the wealth. Her personal poetry evolved into song and, by the time she was enrolled in college, she made the decision to pursue music.