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...
Since 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
Some 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.
Celia's 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"...
This 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.
Celia has toured extensively throughout the US & Canada performing
at fairs, festivals, rodeos & special events.
Her 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
Dubbed a "turbocharged dynamo"...with compelling appeal... by
the Yakima Herald...
The Canadian 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
The Canadian Creston Advance calls her an ...energetic
& multi-talented entertainer...
The Camrose Canadian said...If her endless supply of
energy & effervescence aren't enough of an amazing spectacle,
then listen to her voice...
The Greenfield 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
The Calgary Stampede says... she is a very versatile
& dynamic performer. Her enthusiasm & energy together made
her appeal to all age groups in the crowd..
The Poway 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.
Celia's magnetism is rooted in realism, sculpted by experience.
Her greatest rewards come from reaching out & touching other
hearts with her music.
She 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"...
Celia's 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!
Driving On Empty
1st original project (solo)
recorded: LA & Calgary, Canada
Going Up The Mountain
2nd original project (solo)
recorded: San Diego
Nothing Better To Do
3rd original project
recorded: Nashville, TN
to Celia's Early Years Photo Album
4th original project
Celia & Thunder Rose
recorded: San Diego