Ascendant soul singer and BBC Sound of 2020 winner Celeste has shared the official video for her sweeping FINNEAS-produced new single ‘I Can See The Change,’ which is out now via Interscope Records. The video features iconic footage from the historic 1963 March on Washington and you can check it out below.
“I Can See The Change’ was written from a very personal and introspective place,” Celeste explains, “however it has taken on a new and more powerful meaning because of what has been happening with Covid-19 and the global reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter movement. The video was shot at home in my living room, which was completely blacked out using thick, heavy fabric. It was the hottest day of the year so far, so it was a challenge. It was directed by Sophie Jones and shot remotely via Zoom with my housemate Holly Milk who took on the role of camera person, lighting operator and all-round life saver.”
Celeste’s spine-tingling performance of her song ‘Strange’ at this year’s BRIT Awards, coinciding with her Rising Star award win, was a watershed moment for the British-Jamaican singer, placing her in the spotlight in front of luminaries like Stormzy, Dave, Harry Styles and Billie Eilish.
Stormzy called it “a perfect song!” while Billie and her songwriter-producer brother FINNEAS have proven to be some of her most outspoken supporters yet. Celeste and FINNEAS ultimately stayed in touch and decided to collaborate on the new song, finishing it during lockdown.
“I saw Celeste perform at the Brits back in February and was blown away,” he reveals. “She commanded the stage in a way that was simultaneously intimate and massive and I immediately went home and downloaded her entire catalogue. When I was approached about producing ‘I Can See The Change,’ I was thrilled. I have been lucky to produce songs for a few artists who I think will never go out or style and Celeste is certainly on that list.”