business runs in the family...
mother was a professional dance instructor for Arthur Murray....
her great uncle Bill's vaudeville act of "Yates & Lawley" helped
get Bob Hope started!... her grandpa "Red" ran a carnival train & managed
/ promoted Hawaiian singing troupes in the 30's...grandma was
an underwater synchronized dancer... her great aunt Louraine
was a professional singer & pianist... her great grandfather
made violins & played for dances...
age 5, Celia Lawley has been singing & playing the fiddle.
After 18 years of classical training & a degree in violin performance
from USC, she began exploring country music.
of her earliest musical memories are not of Bach & Beethoven,
but the sounds of dad's Son's Of The Pioneers records floating
through the house. In getting back to her roots she found her
heart truly lives in the country.
rural upbringing, complete with tumbleweeds, horses & tadpoles,
is reflected in many of her songs like Jennilee, from
her first album, which was written for her cousin's kids, but
colorfully draws from her own childhood experiences. ..."Jennilee,
where can your brother be? Jenny, Jennielee. He's down by the
creek digging for gold, feet in the mud jump Mr. toad"...
San Diego native wrote her first song at age 7 & since 1990 has
written, recorded & released 4 original music projects on her
Raptor Records Label.
has toured extensively throughout the US & Canada performing
at fairs, festivals, rodeos & special events.
dad who dabbled in concert promotion in the 50's passed along
some advise from grandpa "Red" who always used to say... "keep
the flash up front"! If "Red" was around today, he would get
a kick out of Celia's flamboyant, interactive performance style.
a "turbocharged dynamo"...with compelling appeal... by the Yakima
Trail Times called her a musical dynamo...Celia's infectious
enthusiasm guarantees the success of each show...an entertainer
in every sense of the word... Celia's fiddling prow ness
is evident when she plays Orange Blossom Special...a master
at drawing even the most stoic of viewers from their shells...
Creston Advance calls her an ...energetic & multi-talented
Canadian said...If her endless supply of energy & effervescence
aren't enough of an amazing spectacle, then listen to her
News in California says...Celia is one-woman dynamo
show... ...put unbelievable energy & tons of talent in
a pretty package- you have Celia...she sings like a lark & plays
a barrage of music on guitar, fiddle, mandolin & piano...energy & stamina
are a big part of her personality & it shows all the way
through her act. It is the driving force of her compelling
Stampede says... she is a very versatile & dynamic
performer. Her enthusiasm & energy together made her appeal
to all age groups in the crowd..
News Chieftain calls her a dynamo in cowboy boots...'fiddlegirl
loves what she's doing'!...
Magazine of San Diego reviewed Celia & Thunder Rose's
Positive Thrill CD- ...she's a fiery blonde who often calls
herself "Fiddlegirl" when she's performing (listen to "Outrageous
Orange Blossom Special" to find out why") ...her real
talent lies in songwriting...the slow crooners. The heartbreaking
ache of "It Could Be You," for example, reached
out and grabbed me by the throat immediately. Same with
the bittersweet "When I Look In Your Eyes" (which
would be covered by Joe Cocker in an instant if I ruled
the universe)... A nice disc with great backing, I recommend
this disc to anyone who's seen Celia's show & would like
a souvenir of her performance. I also recommend it to any
A&R rep who's looking for some killer country ballads.
magnetism is rooted in realism, sculpted by experience. Her greatest
rewards come from reaching out & touching other hearts with her
shows her versatility as a songwriter & vocalist with -the high
octane fun of...
A Cowgirl Can Rodeo Too..."I'm gonna waltz my way thru
Texas, lasso up San Antone, barrel on down by Beaumont, and ride
like hell back home. Cause you're the last Cowboy to leave me
for the rodeo"... -the intimate storytelling of...
Waiting For The Fish To Bite..."I'm gonna sit right back & watch
the show as it unfolds by the hour. Someone in heaven's getting
married and the stars are throwing a shower. Champagne is gonna
fall from the sky & gather like dew in my cup. I'm gonna drink
it in 'til I get my fill, or at least 'til the sun comes up"...
-emotionally riveting ballads...
Lullaby For A Restless World..."A circle can mean so much,
like when the moon is full, or when your arms surround me now
with all the love they know. Stay in my arms forever, hold me
'til the sky turns blue, & every night as the stars shine bright
I'll fall again in love with you"...
passionate energy & polished musicianship as a solo artist or
with her talented back-up band Thunder Rose, create a stunning & unforgettable
entertainment experience. Celia has a special way of capturing
the magic of life with her music. You don't have to be a country
music fan to love Celia - just love to live!
1st original project (solo)
recorded: LA & Calgary, Canada
Up The Mountain
2nd original project (solo)
recorded: San Diego
Better To Do
3rd original project
recorded: Nashville, TN
4th original project
Celia & Thunder Rose
recorded: San Diego
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