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ABOUT  CELESTE

About Celeste . . .

 

“ Celeste is indeed a true Renaissance woman!”
             . . . Carole Easterling, Senior Director, Performing Rights, BMI, Inc.

“ Glowing!”

             . . . Anna Hovind, CNN News, Atlanta

Grammy® nominee, award-winning singer-songwriter and author Celeste Reichert Friedman shares the mastery of music, claiming its healing power is the reason for her own survival. 


As a composer for film, television and stage, she has scored the music for a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, a cable television mystery-thriller series, themes for The Food Network and Nickelodeon; and her work was featured in a short film, showcased in Festival des Cannes-2008.

 

Selected as one of the 50 Writers from the 50 States, Celeste’s original songs are part of compilation CD’s sent to over 50,000 US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade.

Nominated for the 2015 Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts, Celeste has received two Pat Weaver Award nominations in television. She is the winner of the 2005 Ohioana Library Association Citation in Music and Education for her award-winning historical musical, “O” is for Ohio!

 

“ Everyone should be singing her songs!”                              

                 . . . Craig Harris, The Boston Globe


 

A featured singer-songwriter at the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville since 1995, Celeste has written and produced six all original albums and twenty album collections for children. Endorsed by The Ohio State University, she is also affiliated with the Rhode Island School of Design’s Animation Department, The New York Film Academy, in addition to the Television and Film Arts Department of the University of Southern California and The University of Miami.

 

Author and Poet . . .

 

Celeste has penned and self-published several books—YOU are the Key;  Among the Fallen Leaves: A Journal on the Battlefield of Cancer;  Single 101: 101 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single;  Locked Inside;  Sunshine and Me; and more. 
You'll find  her works on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Book.

 

 

National & International Media Credits . . .

 

National Public Radio; American Public Television; Songs at the Center; CMR-Nashville-UK; Music Choice; iHeart Radio; Car Talk; A Prairie Home Companion; Live! with Regis and Kelly; The ESPN Network; and The Starliner’s Radio Network. Celeste’s music has garnered global airplay, reaching #1 on music charts in France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina and Australia.

Songs at the Center TV. . .

Celeste is a featured artist on the nationally syndicated television series, Songs at the Center . In Season Three, she presents her work in two “Music & Healing” episodes, sponsored in part by the Academy of Country Music’s “Lifting Lives” program. Aired in Columbus, Ohio on WOSU Public Media and distributed across the U.S. by American Public Television, hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda. Please check your local listings.

“A Woman to Watch”
          . . . Today’s Columbus Woman

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Celeste Reichert Friedman

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 classic works of the composers of the 18th century.  Celeste also composes and performs under the artist name "Caeli McDaniel" for her Celtic works, honoring her Scotch-Irish ancestry.

“Glowing!”

           . . . Anna Hovind, CNN News, Atlanta

“A brilliant raconteur and painter of lyrical portraits”

            . . . Legend Magazine

Nominated for the 2015 Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts!

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 1970s 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 1990s, she was the program director and afternoon drive talent for WIJY Radio in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Interpretation . . .

Celeste has been no stranger to the theatre, such 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 1995, Celeste has released several singer-songwriter albums—Every Tear I Know, Live at the Bluebird Café, The Tide, Mess 'a Blues, The Road to Santiago and Single 101-A One Woman Show—along with several single CDs honoring veterans, such as The Son of A Soldier, There’s A Knock on the Door  and What Would John Lennon Say?

 

Celeste has authored and self-published several books—Single 101: 101 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single, Locked Inside, Sunshine and Me, Among the Fallen Leaves: A Journal on the Battlefield of Cancer, YOU are the Key and more. 

 

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 Nickelodeon; and her work was featured in the short film, Young Folks, showcased in Festival des Cannes-2008.

 

Celeste 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 compilation 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 historical musical, “O” is for Ohio! for the Ohio Bicentennial. She 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, http://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 patriotic 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.

Challenges and Blessings . . .

Celeste Reichert 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,” Celeste says, "but God has given me a voice to overcome many road blocks throughout my life.”

She refuses to give up, forging beyond life’s limitations 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 as the reason for her own survival.

“Don’t allow the twisted fingers to fool you,” she smiles. 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.

“ Everyone should be singing her songs!”                              

                 . . . Craig Harris, The Boston Globe

A Musical Anthropologist . . .

Inheriting the influences of the big band sound, Celeste set out several years ago to keep the classics of the 1930s and 1940s alive, producing programs for the baby-boomer generation and tributes to composers and artists of the World War II era. Her presentations are timeless classics of their own, unveiling a world behind the scenes of such prolific composers as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter in the following:
The Melody Lingers On, a tribute to Irving Berlin; Shake, Rattle and Roll, honoring the classics and artists of the 1950s; A Man and His Music, a tribute to Frank Sinatra; The Writers of Tin Pan Alley; and The Roar of the Twenties!


Celeste's shows honoring the great female vocalists covering several decades, like Judy Garland, Dinah Washington, Patti Page and Sarah Vaughan, led to writing and producing her tributes and one-woman shows, You’re Still Mine, Patsy ClineA Tribute to A Funny Girl, (Barbra Streisand), Over the Rainbow, a tribute to Judy Garland; and The Women of Country Music.

 A Woman to Watch . . .

Named “A Woman to Watch” by Columbus Monthly Magazine, Celeste Reichert Friedman never fails to surprise with her multitude of talents.

 

Her ebook, Among the Fallen Leaves: A Journal on the Battlefield of Cancer, (2014 eBook release), unveils her journey with her late mother, Awanna, who fought a valiant battle. Celeste shares highlights from the book and live keynote presentations with caregivers and Hospice volunteers.

 

From her "O" is for Ohio! series, Celeste provides her lecture tour for early education students at area universities, coupled with her eSongBook, Lyrical Portraits along the Great Hopewell Road. The eBook features her complete works of poetry and lyrics from the "O" is for Ohio! series, available for download on Kindle and iPad.

Awards and Nominations . . .

2015 Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts Nomination.

2005 GRAMMY Award nomination, music & education category.

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.

Celeste's contributions have been recognized by The Points of Light Foundation, The Ohio State University, The Rhode Island School of Design, The New York Film Academy, Television & Film Arts Dept. of the University of Southern California, The University o Miami, Voices of Hope, The Ohio Bicentennial Commission and the Department of Education of The State of New York.

National and International Media Credits . . .

American Public Television, Songs at the Center TV, National Public Radio; CMR-Nashville-UK, Music Choice; Car Talk; A Prairie Home Companion; iHeart Radio; Live! with Regis and Kelly; The ESPN Network- 1997WNBA Finals. Internationally, her music has garnered global airplay and rave reviews, topping the charts 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. Her 2007 release, Every Tear I Know reached #1 in Austria and #4 in Italy.

Discography, Book Publishing and Composer Works . . .

Mess ‘a Blues - Blues and R&B album release, October 2016.

Big Red Silverado Pickup Truck - Country honky-tonk single release, October 2016.

YOU are the Key - March 2016 eBook release.

Among the Fallen Leaves: A Journal on the Battlefield of Cancer - April 2014 eBook release.

There’s A Knock on the Door - 2014 release, ballad dedicated to Vietnam veterans, POW’s and MIA’s.

A Taste of Tralee - 2014 release, Celtic album collection of traditional and original songs.

I Saw God Down on Hollywood Boulevard - 2012 single release, rock ballad.

Some Old Crazy Angel - 2012 single release, blues-rock ballad.

What Would John Lennon Say? - 2011 single release, blues ballad.

lyrical portraits along the Great Hopewell Road - 2012 release, eBook featuring complete works of poetry and lyrics from the "O" is for Ohio! series.

The Road to Santiago – October 2011 release, an eclectic journey of originals in tribute to the countless pilgrims who have crossed the five-hundred mile trek to Santiago de Compostela.

Locked Inside - eBook released in March of 2011.

The Son of a Soldier- 2010 single release, ballad.

Single 101: 101 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single – paperback and eBook released in June of 2010.

Single 101 - music CD featuring all of the songs from the one-woman show, a musical and live celebration, 2010. Barbie’s Got the Blues, a part of this album is the winner of the 2010 Indie Track of the Year in The Netherlands.

Operation 11.11.09 - 2009 - Music For Troops, compilation featuring, A Home Run.

A Baby was Born - 2009, Christmas single CD.

Live at the Bluebird Café - March 2008 - featuring 16 live recordings of Celeste’s performances at the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville. For this project, Celeste has been awarded a 2009 GrIndie Award from RadioIndy.com.

The Tide – June 2008 release, includes original contemporary Christian, Gospel and inspirational songs, including The Tide Always Comes Back.

The French Kitchen - 2008, complete score, Cee French and Paul Harth-Executive Producers.

Psyche Crisis - 2008, complete score; produced and directed by Benjamin King, Benjaki Films.

Lost In the Dust - 2008, screenplay and narration; produced by Scott Kildall, San Francisco.

Anatani Aitakute - 2008, vocal production; produced by Tomo Suzuki, Japan.

Every Tear I Know- 2007 album release, contemporary country.

Irving Renquist, Ghost Hunter - 2007, complete score; television series for cable, produced and directed by David Grelck for CNGM Pictures, Chicago, IL.

Heavenly Peach - 2007, complete score; animated short, Juhyun Lee-Producer for the Rhode Island School of Design.

Pharos - 2007, complete score; animated short, Elena Topouzoglo-Producer for the Rhode Island School of Design

The Meaning of Life - 2007, complete score; Blue Sky Movies, Neal Verma-Producer.

Suspended - 2007, complete score, short drama, Kevin McMahon-Producer.

Young Folks - 2007, single song feature, 30 min. short, Cee French-Director/Producer, showcased at Festival des Cannes, 2008.

All States All Stars - Music For Troops, 2007, compilation featuring Wild Horses.

Every Tear I Know - 2006 , single song feature for short film, Veronika’s Birthday, Ponytail Productions, Boston, MA, Jessica Burstein-Producer.

Secret Land – 2006, complete score, Bellini Pictures, Miami, FL, Ana Helena Ruiz-Producer for the University of Miami.

This Is All I’ll Ever Need – 2006, single song feature for short film, Regrets, Small Potatoes Productions, Boise, ID.

At the Park  - 2006, theme song for documentary, The Historic Park Theatre, SFI Productions Colorado.

The Other End - 2006, complete score, Green Line Productions, Inc., Boston, MA, David Willis-Producer.

Soup Stories - 2006, complete score, animated short, Elena Topouzoglou-Producer for the Rhode Island School of Design.

Angelica's Pirate - 2006, complete score, Juanabee Entertainment, Vancouver, British Columbia, Tracey Shaeffer, Producer.

Eggshell - 2006, complete score; Panache Productions, Toronto, Ontario, Nicole Rubacha, Producer.

The Glory of Living - 2006, complete score, Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, on stage at the Warehouse Theater in Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Chamberlin.

Ohio, My Inspiration - 2004, original works, inspired by travels throughout Ohio.

“O” is for Ohio! - 2003, original works for The Ohio Bicentennial.

 Readapalooza for New York Kids - 2001, a gift for the children of lower Manhattan, New York.

 K.I.D.! - 2000, written and produced for children’s compilation, nominated for GRAMMY Award in 2005.

Take A Little Step - 1997, written and produced for the 1997 MDA Telethon, nominated for a Pat Weaver Award.

Shootin’ Hoops with the Girls- 1997, featured theme for WNBA Finals on The ESPN Network.

A Home Run - 1995, selected for the 1995 MDA Telethon,(WSYX-TV), nominated for a Pat Weaver Award.

Little Red Shoes - 1995, singer-songwriter 4-song EP.

Children’s catalog - 2000-2009:  20 CDs for children and educators- http://16crayons.com

Celeste has collaborated with several film students in short films, documentaries and animation from The Rhode Island School of Design, The University of Southern California, The University of Miami and The New York Film Academy.

Film Festivals and Showcases . . .

Festival des Cannes, France, 2008

Festival 7 Jours Art et Polar, Reims, France, 2008

Festival Della Creativa, Florence, Italy, 2007

Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2007

New England Student Film Festival, 2007

Rebel Planet Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2007

deadCenter Film Festival, Oklahoma City. 2007

Arts Fest Harrisburg, PA Film Festival, 2007

The Long Island International Film Festival, 2007

Asian Arts Festival, Brown University, 2007

Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2007

“ Celeste is indeed a true Renaissance woman!”          

                   . . . Carole Easterling, Senior Director, Performing Rights, BMI, Inc.