Twenty-two year old Celeste Kellogg has been singing most of her life. From church choir to a Radio Disney band named RD7, she has made music her life. Her soft vibrant voice and confident demeanor combine to make her one authentic female artist. The Virginia native has opened for artists such as Scotty McCreery and has been praised by prominent singers like Linda Davis (Hillary Scott’s mother.) A sweet soul with a ton of talent, Celeste Kellogg is an artist on the rise.
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
I’m sitting in my family room, watching The Bachelorette, wearing grey sweat pants (ahhh so comfortable), and a Coral Myrtle Beach, SC shirt.
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
I’m a singer/songwriter and my favorite thing about what I do is seeing people sing lyrics to songs I have written.
What are three things you CANNOT live without?
My Faith. My family. My guitar.
What’s the first concert you ever attended?
The first concert I ever attended was the First Season of American Idol Tour!
What’s the hardest part of being a female artist?
I think the hardest part about being a female artist is having to get up an hour and a half earlier than a male artist to get ready…just kidding. The hardest part would probably be the lack of female country artists getting radio play.
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned as it pertains to music?
I’ve learned to really achieve my dream in the music business. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of things starting with school. I was home schooled 10th-12th grade so I never went to prom. I watched all of my friends graduate high school together and I wasn’t a part of that. I’ve given up so many things in order to focus on music and sometimes it can get hard. I still wouldn’t change a thing though.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Music City?
My favorite place in Nashville when I was younger was definitely the Wildhorse Saloon. My friends and I would tear up the line dancing floor. Now, I think one of my favorite places to eat is John A’s off of Briley Parkway near Opryland Hotel. Plus it’s not too far from Opry Mills, which is also one of my favorite places to hang out.
Beer or whiskey?
Can I write in a third option? (laughs) Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri. I know, I’m 22 and haven’t had a drink. I’m boring.
Who’s your favorite country singer from the 90s?
Probably Shania Twain. I have always loved her style of music, her songwriting ability and personality. I use to skip around my living room table when I was little singing all of her songs.
Out of all the songs you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
I think my favorite at the moment is a song I just wrote called “Last Chances” about giving someone you’re in a relationship with a few too many last chances. Out of all of the songs I’ve released, “Get Lost” off of my You and Me EP is probably my favorite. I wrote it about wanting to get away from the world and it has a funky beat that I like to move to whenever I sing and perform it.
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
I’ve performed at a lot of places. One of my favorite places was performing on the USS Eisenhower (one of our air craft carriers) for Friends and Family Day. Anywhere in Nashville would probably be my favorite place to perform. Why? Because people want to hear original music even if they’ve never heard it before.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career thus far?
The highlight of my career has been working with the amazing studio musicians in Nashville on my latest EP You and Me. I’m so proud of this project and I’m so happy hearing all of the feedback I’ve gotten from fans, music lovers and friends.
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
A charity I’ve been working with lately called Live 4 Tay Foundation raises awareness for childhood cancer. I’ve had the honor to raise money for their Foundation through fan donations and I am so honored to be a part of this group of people who are doing so much good.
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
I think songwriters are the heart that keeps the body of music beating. I have so much respect for artists that write their own music. I’ve gotten the chance through several Live 4 Tay Foundation events to perform in writers rounds with Dave Berg (“Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban), Pat Alger (“Thunder Rolls” and “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks) and Wynn Varble (“Waiting on a Women” by Brad Paisley) and I am just amazed by how they bring such visual stories to life through music.
What’s one super power you wish you had?
I wish I had the power to fly. It’s always been a daydream of mine since I was a little girl watching Peter Pan.
You’re making your favorite sandwich…what’s on it?
Bread, peanut butter and strawberry jelly…oh yes! Actually, I just went downstairs and made one after answering this question.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
I LOVE Lady Gaga. She is an amazing songwriter and I could listen to her sing all day. I’m not sure if I would wear her outfits, but musically, she is definitely one of my favorite artists.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Really lame jokes. I think I end up laughing more at how bad the joke is than the actual joke…and I’m usually the one that makes the really lame jokes so, yeah.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…you’ve done at least one line dance/dance to any song! I love dancing, so that’s one of my favorite things about parties!
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
…stop, close my eyes, take a deep breath, and appreciate what’s around me.