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Critically acclaimed as a prolific songwriter and passionate performer, GRAMMY nominee and composer Celeste Friedman leaves you inspired as well as entertained. Noted as a brilliant raconteur and a painter of lyrical portraits, she is the granddaughter of big-band leader Leo Reichert.
In just the last two years, Friedman has released four albums; self-published a book, “Single 101: 101 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single”; scored the music for the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, "The Glory of Living"; the first season of the cable thriller, “Irving Renquist, Ghost Hunter”; the pilot for “The French Kitchen”; and her work is featured in the short film, "Young Folks”, showcased in Festival de Cannes-2008.
In March of 2009, she released, “Live at the Bluebird Café”, featuring live performances over the past 15 years from the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville. This album has recently received a GrIndie Award. In June of 2009, Celeste released an inspirational CD, “The Tide”, including Christian and Gospel originals.
In 2007, Friedman was chosen as one of the 50 writers from the 50 states, included in the compilation, “All States, All Stars”, featuring her haunting ballad, “Wild Horses”. 20,000 copies of this 3-CD boxed set was sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009, Music For Troops has chosen Ms. Friedman again for their “Operation 11.11.09” compilation, beginning with her song, “A Home Run” as the first track.
Nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2005 and the winner of the 2005 Ohioana Library Citation Award in Music and Education, Ms. Friedman's contributions have been recognized by The Points of Light Foundation, The Ohio State University, Voices of Hope, The Ohio Bicentennial Commission and the Department of Education of The State of New York. For her music works featured in both 1995 and 1997 MDA Telethons, Celeste is the recipient of two Pat Weaver Award nominations. She was recently nominated for Indie Artist of the Year for 2009 in The Netherlands.
"a painter of lyrical portraits"
. . . Legend Magazine
"everyone should be singing her songs!"
. . . Craig Harris, The Boston Globe
National media credits include National Public Radio, Music Choice, A Prairie Home Companion, Live! with Regis and Kelly, BlogTalkRadio and the ESPN Network.