Celeste from Kentucky has multi-generations of her family behind her and they will make sure she has everything she needs to make it in the music business.
When did you realize you wanted to be a country singer?
I have always wanted to be a famous singer. When I was nine, I auditioned and was chosen to sing in the Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros. I sang onstage in front of 800 people once a week, during that summer. That was when I knew that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
Who is your favorite country artist?
Miranda Lambert, because she is a great writer and has a very unique voice.
What is your favorite song to perform?
"Gone" by Montgomery Gentry, because it is so fun to perform and the crowd always loves the song and gets into it.
What are your hobbies besides singing?
Dancing, painting and writing.
If you don't end up being a professional singer, what other job would you like to have?
Lawyer or a doctor.
What has been your biggest obstacle while chasing your singing dreams?
Living in such a small area with very little opportunities.
What have you learned most from this experience?
You can’t take everything to heart. People will say bad things about you and even things that aren’t true. You won’t always win everything you are in, but winning isn’t everything anyway. It’s the experience that matters the most. You have to try and not let things bother you in this business…you need thick skin.
About Celeste's Mom, Angela
What’s your current occupation?
I work at Justice and Stamper Insurance Agency.
What inspired you to help Celeste become involved in the music industry?
When Celeste was three she was watching a TV commercial and she said, "Mommy, I want to be on TV just like that little girl." She would go around the house singing all the time and she said that singing made her so happy.
Do you sing or have ever wanted to be a singer?
Yes, I do sing sometimes and when I was young I would sing in church.
Who is your favorite country singer?
Miranda Lambert because she has a classic country voice and her songs are always about women being independent and taking care of themselves.
What do you think Celeste is learning most about while being involved in singing?
She is learning about how cruel the real world can be and that life isn’t always fair. On the flip side she has learned how to entertain a crowd and keep their attention while she is onstage singing.
Would you call yourself a stage mom?
No, I would not. I let her have a voice in what she does and doesn’t do when it comes to her singing. However, if she commits to performing somewhere, I make sure she practices and looks and sounds her very best.
What are your aspirations for Celeste?
Most importantly, I want her to be happy in life doing whatever she wants to do. I would love for her to achieve her dreams and for her dreams to become a reality. Her dream is to become and famous country music singer. She has always talked about singing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. She said that would be the best thing ever!