British-Jamaican singer Celeste, who grew up in Brighton, began her journey with BBC Introducing in 2014, when she won her # & # 39; North Circular & # 39; uploaded to the website. Their debut EP "The Milk and Honey" was produced shortly afterwards by the label "Bank Holiday Records" by Lily Allen. Following the success of her breakout singles "Both Sides of the Moon," "Lately," and "Father's Son," the soul singer released her EP "Lately" in early 2019. Her latest single "Strange" was released on BBC Radio 1's playlist. Celeste signed with Polydor last year and is currently touring Europe with Michael Kiwanuka ahead of their tour in April 2020.
Celeste's BBC Music Introducing highlights for 2019 include appearances on introducing stages at Glastonbury and the SXSW Festival, as well as the recording of a Maida Vale session aired on BBC Radio 1 and the debut of their hit & # 39; Strange & # 39; in February in The Lexington.
On the news that she had won the award from Radio 1's Huw Stephens, Celeste said:
"I've performed a song called 'Strange' which I first performed at the BBC Music Introducing Show in Lexington. You never know how you will feel when you perform something for the first time and how people react. I had such a warm response and it seemed like it was an unforgettable song for the people at that moment … that was definitely one of mine Highlights of the year, so thank you! "
BBC Music Introducing, the BBC Since its launch in 2007, the emerging music talent program has provided a platform to bring the best new acts from across the UK to the national stage. Slaves, Florence + The Machine, The Big Moon, Idles, The Shires, George Ezra, Freya Ridings, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Pale Waves, Sam Fender, Mahalia and Lewis Capaldi received support from BBC Music Introducing at the beginning of their careers.
Moderator of BBC Introducing on Radio 1 Huw Stephens said:
"Celeste has won so many fans this year and BBC Music Introducing has been so happy and proud of their talent in recent years at every one Opportunity to support. On stage and in the air, we have heard Celeste at her best and her award as BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year is well deserved. "
Tom Billington, publisher of BBC Music Introducing, said:
" At BBC Music Introducing, we live for those moments when you hear an artist for the first time and he stops you. Then you know that they are special, and that's exactly what happened to Celeste. Throughout 2019, BBC Music Introducing Celeste has given the opportunity to demonstrate their incredible talent. From the fantastic local radio support at the BBC Music Introducing in London with Jess Iszatt to our monthly Lexington performance, a Maida Vale session, a showcase at South By South West in Austin, Texas, to a beautiful afternoon performance in Glastonbury. Celeste brought so many outstanding moments to BBC Music Introducing this year that we wanted to round it off with the highest award.
Listen to the full interview with Celeste on BBC Introducing on Radio 1 at Huw Stephens from 23 pm on Sunday, December 8.
Read our recent interview with Celeste below: