Ascendant soul singer Celeste releases her incendiary new single ‘Stop This Flame’, out now on Polydor Records.
The release comes with the British-Jamaican artist basking in the glow of her recent announcement as the winner of the 2020 BRITs Rising Star award, and having been hailed the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2020 poll.
The track is Celsete‘s first taste of new music in what is set to be a very busy year, with the BRITs win landing her a prestigious performance at the upcoming ceremony on February 18, as part of the live television broadcast.
Listen to ‘Stop This Flame’ by Celeste on the Official F1 Tracks playlist on Spotify.
“In essence, ‘Stop This Flame’ is a song about seeing it through to the end,” Celeste reveals. “Whether it’s about not letting go of love, not letting go of a dream or stridently coming through some form of adversity. The song has always evoked those feelings within me.”
The Brighton-raised 25-year-old credits her maternal grandfather for introducing her to the legendary artists who would go on to influence her sound, a modern take on the timeless, heartache-tinged soul of smoky jazz bars and velvet-voiced storytellers.
Her granddad would play cassette tapes of Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald on repeat in his old Jaguar, leaving a young Celeste transfixed and hungry to hear more, discovering a deep connection to the raw emotion of these classic songs.
“In my songwriting I’m far more inspired by heartbreak,” she says now. “There’s a darkness even though some songs are underlined with optimism. Those moments were far more thought-provoking for me.”