Andrea Celeste was born on August 31th 1986 in Pontedera, a small town in the Tuscan countryside close to Pisa. Since her childhood she’s always been keen on music – she spent hours playing her sisters’ keyboard and singing on the stairs outside her home, fascinated by the acoustics of that place. She played with notes and, without being fully aware of it, she started composing her first melodies. Music started as a game and soon became passion and commitment. Celeste was just eleven years old when she started studying piano and classical singing with Vittorio Scali. The encounter with this awesome teacher marked her musical life for good: he taught her the foundations of vocal technique and the strategies to ‘find her own voice’. His personal and technical advice has been fundamental for Celeste.
Her talent is undeniable – still a young girl, she started performing in public, and in her teenage years she started collaborating with important gospel artists like the Massimo Bracci’s St. Jacob’s Gospel Choir. Only a 14-year-old girl, Celeste made her debut in the world of gospel music with this choir and had the chance of meeting American singer Cheryl Porter. Cheryl had been invited to sing with the St. Jacob’s Choir – as luck would have it, one of the choir soloists got ill and Andrea Celeste was picked to replace her. Cheryl Porter had a chance to listen to her singing and was deeply struck by her gorgeous voice. So she invited Celeste to sing at the international workshop Gospel in Castel Brando (2002), where she was awarded a scholarship. Celeste shared the opening stage with Cheryl Porter, with Italian jazz singer Mario Biondi and with several young artists. Performing at the Castel Brando workshop was a chance to meet top artists like Terron Brooks, Ashley Davis, Huntley Brown, Michael and Regina Winans. She carried on studying and improving her vocal technique and she took part to several in-depth courses.
At the same time she started recording songs in studio for gospel, r’n’b, soul and jazz projects. Celeste started making her way as a session musician, experimenting different genres and shaping her style. In the same period she performed at important festivals like Milano Gospel Festival (2003, 2004 and 2005) and Festival del Cinema di Roma (Rome Film Festival, 2005).
In July 2007 she started recording her first album. Produced by Roberto Vigo at the Zerodieci Studio, and released by Paolo Dughero’s Shake Records, “My Reflection” is Celeste’s long-awaited debut, for which she wrote music and lyrics. This album features special guests like Stefano Cabrera and the awesome Dado Moroni, who co-wrote the track “Real”. The result is a unique blend of jazz and acoustic pop, an elegant and soft sound that evokes the rolling hills of Tuscany. Her music creates a cosy and smooth atmosphere that feels like a dream. Her voice is thick, yet as fresh as peppermint. “My Reflection” was praised by critics, who compared Andrea Celeste to Anita Baker, Diana Krall and Eva Cassidy. In June 2009 “My Reflection” was released in Korea by the label Enbluu (WorkSpace).
Her unique style and her distinctive timbre have been a passport to international events like the Trussardi Fashion Show (Turin 2008). Celeste performed in theatres, clubs, jazz festivals and private concerts in Italy and abroad. She shared the stage with such great artists as Dado Moroni, Vittorio De Scalzi, Andrea Pozza, Mauro Grossi, Ares Tavolazzi, Roberto Gatto and Rosario Bonaccorso. In the same period she sang at the Valbadia Jazz Festival and made her debut at the Montecarlo Jazz Festival (Monaco 2008) with the Alessandro Collina Trio, along with some of the most recognizable names of the international jazz scene: Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Raul Midon and many more.
In the spring of 2009 the album “Enter Eyes” was released, featuring a duet with Andrea Pozza, one of the world most acclaimed jazz pianists. Produced by Roberto Vigo, issued by Incipit Records and released by Egea, the album features cover versions of jazz standards and of timeless pop and jazz songs along with Andrea Pozza’s gorgeous compositions: “Dancing Fog” and “I’ll Be There For You”, with lyrics by Andrea Celeste. The sound is simple and charming, piano and voice blend together producing a smooth and dreamy mood.
Andrea Celeste took part to the Ischia Jazz Festival (2009), the Blue Voices Festival (2009), the 10th Jazz Sotto le Stelle in 2010, the opening ceremony of the Versace Home in Kiev (2010) and the inauguration of MaGa art gallery in Gallarate (2010).
In November 2010 Andrea Celeste received an important award by Ministero della Gioventù (the Italian Ministry for Youth). Considering her undeniable talent and the results she achieved, the committee of Festival TNT, created by MP Giorgia Meloni, chose Andrea Celeste as most outstanding young musician. Andrea Celeste is among the 200 young people who took part to this festival, as representatives of talented Italians in the fields of sport, visual arts, scientific research, dance and entrepreneurship. During the festival Celeste performed for MTV at the “Spazio Novecento” and sang on the stage of the Palazzo dei Congressi (Congress House) in Rome.
In 2011 she made her debut at Milan’s Blue Note. In the same year she performed at the Dima Jazz Festival in Constantine (Algeria).
In 2012 she supported Italian singer/songwriter Eugenio Bennato in his concert at the Auditorium del Teatro Carlo Felice (Genoa) and made her very first video clip (directed by Lorenzo Vignolo) for the lead single of her album “Something Amazing”, which is going to be released in the spring.