what’s that sound?

Celia Slattery

By Angela Diaz, Staff Writer, The Union, Grass Valley, CA


Celia Slattery’s background in theater shines through on her latest offering, Cast of Characters.” The album features cover songs (including a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”) and originals, many penned by Slattery herself. Bursting with a timeless pop sound, the songs communicate the emotions behind them.



The goal is to “convey moods, feelings stories behind songs,” Slattery explained.



The Massachusetts-based artist,who describes herself as an updated Joni Mitchell “with a little more jazz,” will offer an intimate show in Nevada County, with Jane Potter on keyboard. Potter, an associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, has played with Slattery in the Boston area.



Slattery holds a master’s degree in Theatre with Voice and Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory, and teaches musical theater and voice workshops out of her studio in Somerville, Mass.



She loves teaching. “I find that it’s very gratifying and energizing to help people reach their goals. It’s just a process that is very exciting.



Slattery will be playing in San Francisco, Berkeley, Nevada City, Grass Valley and Carson City during her West cost tour, March 13 through 21. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Slattery said.



She identifies more as a folk artist, describing her voice as being more on the “folk rocky side of things.”



Expect to hear songs from “Cast of Characters,” as well as from “Movin’ On,” Slattery’s first album. “Movin’ On” features music from “Moving Target,” an autobiographical one-woman show Slattery put together with director Bill Castellino.The show toured for seven years.



Slattery, “influenced by the topical singer-songwriters of the 60s,” joined the peace movement in Washington D.C. at 16. “I try to sneak in my ideas and beliefs into music,” she said. “I don’t think you can necessarily change the world just by marching anymore.”



Of her upcoming shows at the Crazy Horse and Copper Top Lounge, Slattery says, “We’re going to have a lot of fun, get people to think about some things, feel things.”



Originally from California, Slattery has a brother who lives in Nevada City.