Editors' Notes “When I first started writing music, it was always from a place of pain rather than happiness,” Celeste tells Apple Music. “But in the last year, I haven’t had too many reasons to be sad.” That’s something of an understatement. The year began with the 25-year-old claiming both BBC Music’s Sound of 2020 award and the Rising Star BRIT Award, while a growing legion of fans continue to fall for her soulful, nostalgic and occasionally heartbreaking balladry. Is the LA-born, Brighton-raised singer-songwriter feeling the pressure as anticipation builds for her debut album, simply titled Celeste? “There is now added expectation,” she admits. “But it just makes me want to make the best music that I possibly can.”

After a drip-feed of EPs and singles, including “Strange”—a hauntingly spare, stop-you-in-your-tracks meditation on loss—and the bombastic “Stop This Flame”, everyone is dying to hear more. “The mood for the album has flickers of those sorts of old songstresses from the past who are always in a state where they are slightly doomed by their love or their life,” says Celeste. “And then I just try to write about my real-life experiences in a way that’s relatable for other people, whether that’s about the times you can’t afford to pay your rent or the time some boy you have a thing with ignores you.” Pre-add Celeste to your library now and get the whole album instantly when it’s released.

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