Celie Holmes has been singing since before she could whistle, and learned to whistle at the grand old age of four. She loves the vast wealth of the American Songbook, and shares her favorite songs with audiences in and around the Roanoke Valley.
Self-taught on guitar, and educated in music theory, violin, and voice beginning in primary school, Celie has a depth of knowledge and appreciation of many genres of music – from folk and Americana, to Blues, Pop, Classical, and Jazz in its many forms. She directs two a capella groups, sings in a mixed barbershop quartet, performs with the Sway Katz Big Band, and writes songs. Her poignant ballad “Sorry Now” was a finalist in the Richard Leigh Song Contest in 2019.
Vocal influences are many, including Carmen McRae, Blossom Dearie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Karen Carpenter, Diana Krall, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling.
Celie's performances are tailored to each venue and audience, in her inimitable relaxed and engaging style. Audiences love her winning smile and smooth, lyrical singing technique. Celie relishes learning new arrangements and bringing her personal touch to the standards.
Her take on the American Songbook is perfect for cocktail hour, fine restaurants, wineries, and your private event. Contact her now.
Celie also loves photography! Keep up with her on Instagram