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Interview: Caelee In Vogue

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Caelee is one of those fortunate artists who looks and sounds exactly as her name makes her appear. A few words from the glitter-pop star…

Caelee

I’d have to say that my music style can only be described as very varied! I love singing my pop/rock songs, and modern ballads are also a strong favourite of mine. I have a few good gospel songs that my audience always enjoys, as well as R&B. I even have a few Afrikaans songs up my sleeve! So, definitely varied.

Oh I think I have always made music even as a very young toddler but I think I was about 10 when I really started singing. I was in the school choir, and when I turned 12 I started entering singing competitions, won 5 in a row and then entered the first Supersterre Competition. To my absolute delight, I won! and walked away with a recording contract with Sony BMG to the value of R500,000. Such an amazing opportunity, and I plan to make the most of it! My debut album as just been released and I’m hoping it’s going to be a huge success. I had such fun recording it!

Well, I really admire Kelly Clarkson, not only her singing but the way she conducts her life. Josh Groban has an amazing voice and I like to sing some of his ballads; they suit my very deep voice. Celine Dion is a real lady on and off the stage with a truly awesome voice, I sing some of her songs and hope that I do justice to them. Rihanna‘s cool too.

My ideal gig would have to be when I sang at the Amphitheatre in the V&A Waterfront. It’s a really great venue and you get a very mixed audience which gives me the opportunity to sing all the different types of songs that I like and the crowd really gets involved in the performance which gives the whole gig a great vibe. Its informal and I like that!

Oh that’s an easy one to answer! I love to sing! To make people happy & help them forget their troubles if only for a little while!

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    Caelee, Baby. Caelee.

    Monday, January 14th, 2008

    Supersterre: a fitting name for the competition that last year produced one of SA’s most glitter-pop-sparkle young stars, a diminutive fairy of a girl known as just Caelee. The look? Check. The voice? Check. Hmmm…what’s left?

    Caelee

    Running through a bunch of English classics, (unlike some of the other Sounds of Summer lineups), the blonde, starry-eyed, high-heeled solo vocalist may have driven a stake through the hearts of any woman over 40 who may have once been a singer, but still managed to keep her audience in that tender equilibrium between pure enjoyment and ‘what else is on TV?’

    From the heart

    Fifteen! The hardworking, tender young star has been singing for three years, which is longer than some artists have been not drinking (cough…Half Price…cough), but she’s got a bit of a voice on her, huh.

    And herein lies the necessary criticism: the girl’s got a pretty straightforward image and style, lifted directly from the wardrobes of Rihanna and Beyoncé‘s adopted child, and it makes for good eye candy. But I hear that some of us are here for more than that.

    But when you’re 15, and you’ve got a bunch of 15-year-olds looking, who’s trying to crack original? Adolescent murmurs often begin with ‘did you hear’, and that’s not ‘cos anybody’s trying to make up new stuff. Also, she just put out her debut album (Something More Beautiful, BMG). So let’s give the catwalk icon a few years’ breathing room and see where she turns out. ‘Til then, enjoy the unabashed torrent of mainstream pop sensibility. It’s more rare than you think these days.

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