MP3 Celia Slattery - Cover Story
Celia covers some of her favorite artists, from Hoagy Carmichael to Van Morrison in a jazzy - folk rock style.
5 MP3 Songs
POP: Pop, FOLK: Folk-Rock
Former experimental theater actress, veteran of the acoustic coffeehouse circuit, one-time political activist, single mom and globe trekking lounge singer, Celia Slattery''s music draws upon her training and experiences in jazz, songwriting and theater.
As a teenager, influenced by the topical singer-songwriters of the 60''s, Celia started playing guitar and singing her original songs. At age 16 she dropped out of school to join the peace movement in Washington DC. A single mother at age 19, Celia managed to put herself through school, earning a degree in theater and piecing together a career in performing arts. As a solo acoustic act, she performed in clubs throughout New England, including Passim in Cambridge, Mass. and The Iron Horse in Northampton, (as well as playing in many cheesy bars).
Later, she returned to school to earn her Masters Degree, combining Theater with Voice and Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory. The bars got a little better, including a seven-month stint singing at the Bamboo Bar in the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, often cited as world''s #1 hotel.
Celia created a one woman musical theater piece based on her experiences growing up in the 60''s and 70''s. The show, "Moving Target", as well as its sequel "What''s Goin'' On?" has been performed in theaters, schools and festivals regionally including: First Night Boston, The Montreal Fringe Festival and Jimmy Tingle''s Off Broadway Theater (Somerville, MA).
Currently, Celia performs in clubs in the Boston area like Ryles, the Acton Jazz Cafe and Johnny D''s, as well as for many special events. Celia released her debut CD Movin'' On in 2001 and is currently working on a second CD to be released in 2008.
Mark Shilansky has been Celia’s accompanist, producer and songwriting partner for a decade. A rising star in the Boston jazz scene, Mark holds an M.M. in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory, and has been featured as a composer, arranger, and pianist with such artists as Luciana Souza, Lisa Thorsen, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Kenny Wheeler.
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