A new single from Celiane the Voice just hit us and it's a vibrant dance pop track that touches on classic styles from the late 90's and spins them into a new world with soulful vocals and synth textures that can give a futuristic undertone.
"Papa's Song (What Is This Feeling?) is absolutely addictive and alive with an energy and vibe that just feels like a summer sunset in Miami somewhere.
The single oozes heart and is performed with a robust and colorful passion that becomes very quickly infectious to say the least.
The release is a blast from start to finish and that energy is captured and never lets up even for a moment. It's all quite wonderful and very tastefully done.
The song has plenty of builds and supplies such an array of well blended instrumentation and just has a way of taking you for a ride.
This is a feel-good track and one of the best ways to start your day honestly.
Pop this single on in the morning and get in the right mood for the day. You won't soon regret it.
With such a vibrant release, we wanted to have a chat with Celiane to find out where this track came from and what else she may be up to.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Papa's Song (What Is This Feeling?)". The track has such a colorful dance feel to it! Where did this single come from?
I created it. The version you hear is very different from the original, and it works. It was
something I wanted to do to honor the roots in which I come from but still in my style, in my
element and different from what someone has done before. Usually, it would have been very
tribal and drum heavy, but that is not my genre of music, so in my spirit, I felt the words say,
“Make it your way.” And I did.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Some of my biggest musical influences were in the beginning Herbie Hancock. His innovations to sound and visual art in the 80’s left a lasting impression on me. Experiencing Peter Gabriel soon followed. Vocally it was Whitney Houston for me. Not only vocal quality but delivery. She was a lyricist and a balladeer, like I am, but she set the bar for vocal excellence that is needed to truly be dynamic and a lasting legendary talent. Daft Punk, Lindsey Sterling, Tina Guo, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot – all of these people did things outside of the box that I
absolutely love and they are not afraid to create art in my opinion, whether audible or visual or both and that is why I created both with my music and made audible art.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
I fell in love with music when I was young. I started making up songs when I was 5, but I would
lay on the floor in my mother’s living room and conduct to the classical music station for hours on the weekends. That is all I would do. I remember being 9, finding the rhythms of the song, not knowing what cadences were at the time or dynamics, I just felt a rhythm, listened to the instruments and the complexities of the harmonies and counterpoints depending upon the genres in classical music. As I got older, I started to really sing but didn’t understand the voice I have. Many don’t understand that as a vocalist, having your instrument in you is a partnership. You trust it to do its job if you train it properly.
Celiane the Voice started when I sat in the quiet and wanted to know, okay I need a direction for my music. My spirit spoke to me and gave me my direction. It may not fit everyone’s taste, and that is fine, but I combined music elements I love, an art form I dig, and a way to be that is natural to my understanding and my spirit.
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
What is next for me is more music, seeing where my train leads me, and touching that stage. The difficult thing about being different and defining your own legacy, is the gate keepers assume what is hot or happening. They are not listening to the people, but we indie artists do. I make my music because I love it and to heal the world thru music and song; however, I am different and unique so I know it will take time to be a legend. I’d rather take my time being a legend, than following what doesn’t work and not evolving. I know my voice is different, it is
classically trained, you can hear it yet I sing many different types of music. I am going as far as I want to go.
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
A song has to hit me. It has to have a reason and a meaning since my calling is specific here. I
wake people up and spread love thru my music. I am not one of those people that just write a
song to be seen or finding fame. That is not me. Mostly everything I do has a purpose and a
reason. It could be events going on in the world, or some article that touched me that I feel the world needs to hear about but mostly it is about the love that we experience or not or is missing from the world that needs to be back in the world.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
When I am not working on my music, I am adulting, working on my acting or other ventures I
have to make this world a better place for our children. Or I am playing, taking the time to be
with myself and being. I live like everyone else taking care of my responsibilities and my
family, pursuing my dreams during a time when it feels impossible, but everything is still
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
I am listening to Alan Walker, other EDM and Electronica artists, Silk Sonic; I am old school, so
I listen to the music where you needed technique and skill to keep the voice pristine and trained.
I listen to all kinds of genre’s of music. I am also currently listening to the scores of “My Hero
Academia” and “Harry Potter -Prisoner of Askaban “ I love orchestral music that is so complex in movement and harmonies that elicit that emotional rollercoaster. I am a big chord
progression freak. I want music to take me somewhere every time I listen, I want an adventure. When I hear classical music and soundtrack music reaching to new levels that touches even those that don’t like classical music, I smile really big. And as always, I am listening to Beethoven’s 5 Symphony, 3 rd and 4 th movements. That is my ultimate music to conduct to. I am not a master of music technicalities but I just love music. I will also admit, that lately I have taken it back to the Spinners, Shi-lites, disco and music from the 20’s to the 70’s.
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
I have some live performances coming up, but it is difficult of course because Covid has really left it’s mark and is spiking up again. It is also a challenge because again, I am something different that many don’t want to take a chance on. And when you need people to come back out to see shows, what do the gatekeeps do, “Okay well this artist was popular before we shut down, let’s put them back on billing?” But what did they do during Covid? I worked my butt off to prepare for reopening. But that is okay. I am working on playing on a Pride stage this year and breaking molds, trying to play places where they don’t generally have my music like ComicCons and Gaming Conventions. It is a hard sell, but again I am very different, and something needed to shake things up. You want different, I got different.
RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?
Papa’s Song was a big undertaking and there are different versions of this song not yet released. But it was also a labor of love and homage for my heritage. I would say to other artists keep the love in your music always. Always put you in it. Never let it become a job. Once you do, that passion starts to fade. Know where you stand, and what you stand for and make that message clear in the music. See, right now, people want answers and they don’t want lies though they are believing a programming that doesn’t suit them; as a musician we are keepers of the thoughts and feelings beyond words. That is a big responsibility. We are the tellers of the truth of the perception we see. We give the perspectives they don’t think of, so we influence minds and souls of people. Know the lyrics you are putting out there and the effect they could have. That is energy we give to our fans. Be creative, energetic and use love always in what you do for our yourself and our fans and they will give it back 10 fold! Show them and give them something they never had thru your spirit. Only you can tell your story thru song and that is priceless.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
First of all, thank you for supporting our art. Expect more from music, but be realistic of your
artists. Support them. We are people too with the same responsibilities as you and no, some of us don’t make the big bucks, but we are just as important. Many of us, are just like many of
you. We are people, we make mistakes, and we are meant to. Many of us artists, want to share our true art with you, be as open to receive it as we are to give it. It is a partnership with you and us on stage, one that many of us appreciate and take seriously, like myself. Let you voice be heard that you want to experience different forms of musical art and let that be heard, then people like me can have a chance to share our gifts with you and it is not the wrong people deciding that for you.