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Celeste Krenz / Bio

Celeste Krenz was born and raised on the plains of North Dakota. She started writing songs at age 15 and continued writing through college (with time off traveling around the country as a full time musician). After returning and earning a marketing degree from the University of North Dakota, Celeste moved to Denver in 1990 where, before long, she developed a loyal following in a community that appreciated the honesty and warmth of her songs and voice. From the beginning Krenz stood out as an artist and musician. Her first CD garnered national attention and her second release,"Slow Burning Flame" produced by Tim O’Brien and Bob Tyler, reached #11 on music trade magazine GAVIN's Americana radio airplay chart bringing her music to the international market as well as the US. To date Krenz has released ten albums. She signed with Blix Street Records in 2000, a specialty label that has built its reputation distributing some of the finest Celtic, folk and world music on the market. That album, CELESTE, did well on the world beat chart and on folk radio. Blix recognized her appeal to the same audience that had reacted strongly to other Blix Street artists, including Irish vocalist Mary Black, Scotland's Dougie MacLean and the late Eva Cassidy. Celeste’s voice, described as, “ a pure, sweet voice, as smooth as the great American plains” has been embraced by audiences across the country. Robert K. Oermann of Music Row Magazine writes “The purest folk voice I’ve heard in years, and that little catch in her throat gives it just a touch of hillbilly soul. I was so enchanted that I practically held my breath."

Celeste's latest release , titled My Mother and Me, includes 11 songs, seven of them co-written with her mother, Jean Krenz. "My mother is a very creative person. Some of these were started many years ago and just seemed timely with what I'm doing right now". Recorded in Nashville, the new CD is reminiscent of early Celeste Krenz. Pedal steel, dobro and sweet harmonies combined with solid songwriting make up an album that is pleasing to her established audience and is sure to garner new fans. "One of the songs, I Think About You, was started by my grandmother, Inez Dillon. She had written a poem that my mother had saved all these years and brought to Nashville with her on her last visit. We wrote a chorus, third verse and of course the melody and it turned out to be one of my favorite ones on the record. My uncle Bob (Dillon) also has a piece on the CD called 'Have You Ever'. My mother and I wrote the music and just edited the lyrics a bit...my uncle wrote the poem while staying at our ranch in ND one summer about 20 years ago. It's just so incredible to me that I've had the opportunity to bring these words and songs to my listeners. It's been a heartwarming experience."

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Celeste Krenz
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Nashville, TN