Celeste Newman and Mark Crocker - Songwriting
Songwriting with...Celeste Newman & Mark Crocker, part 1
Celeste is an Australian Singer/Songwriter based in Melbourne, whose love of music began in her early childhood. By the age of 15, she had already started collaborating with Australian and International DJ’s, Songwriters and Producers on various toplines.
Between 2006 and 2014, she recorded five promo/demo EP’s showcasing her own material.
Celeste is a seasoned live performer and has supported Australian International DJ’s the Stafford Brothers; ARIA charting & award winning artists such as Illy, Pez, Owl Eyes and many other talented artists.
As a Session Singer, Celeste has sung on over one hundred song demos and TV Commercials for a range of Australian producers and writers including: Mike Brady, Sam See, Adrian Hannon & Rod Davies.
Her topline and collaborative work has seen her release three songs with Belgian DJ Producer, Michael Fall, who has clocked up well over a million streams for his music online.
‘BODY ON FIRE’ (2013) peaked at No 2 on the British DJ Dance Chart, No 26 on the German Black Chart and No 29 on the Swiss DJ Dance Chart. The ‘BODY ON FIRE’ music video received Australian commercial television airplay and the song also featured on nine European compilation albums.
Their follow up release, ‘WHEN YOU TOUCH ME THERE’ (2014), peaked at No 15 on the Swiss DJ Dance Charts and featured on seven European compilation CD’s as well as Michael’s second album ‘Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party’ along with ‘BODY ON FIRE’.
2020 saw Celeste team up with Michael Fall again as a featured vocalist and co-writer on the release of ‘TAKE ME BACK’ from Michael’s third album, ‘Million Years’. The song received radio airplay and spent 4 weeks in the official Belgian Ultratop Bubbling Under Charts and peaked at No 4.
In 2016, Celeste featured as a Vocalist and co-writer on the release of the dance single ‘WHAT’S LOVE (GOT TO DO WITH TONIGHT)’ with Dutch DJ/Producer, DJ Farre, released via Squad Music Spain & ZYX Germany. The song has since clocked up over 120,000 streams on Spotify.
Late 2018, Celeste signed a worldwide publishing deal as a Songwriter with Embassy Music Publishing. This has seen her collaborate with a vast array of artists & writers such as Richard Rudolph, Damien Leith, Chymes, Jem Cassar-Daley, Paul Beard and The Beamish Brothers.
She regularly co-writes with artists around the world and has worked with her songwriting and producing partner in Melbourne, Mark Crocker, since 2006.
Of their collaborations, ‘LEOPARD’ won first place in the Great American Song Contest in the Adult/Contemporary category in 2018 and in the Pop category in 2019 for their female empowerment song ‘BOY IT FEELS SO GOOD (TO BE A GIRL)’. She again won in the Pop category in 2021 with ‘THE RICHEST’, a track she wrote and produced herself.
In December 2022, Celeste teamed up with established Australian producer Cameron Taylor and Sydney electronic pop act Chymes to co-write the release, ‘I THINK I MADE YOU UP’. With an ever-growing fan base across the globe following a tweet from BTS star Jungkook, Chymes has been streamed over 40 million times across Apple and Spotify.
Celeste kicks off 2023, as a co-writer on the follow up single for Chymes called ‘MY OWN WORST ENEMY’. Released worldwide in February, the song is also a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Both songs co-written with Chymes feature on their third EP ‘ Game Over’
Celeste’s other career highlights include:
- Performing at The ‘Hot Barbeque’ festival Portsea, hosted by Molly Meldrum
- Performing at the closing of the historic ‘Palace Theatre’ Melbourne
- Singing backing vocals for Vanessa Amorosi at the 2009 AFI Awards and again at Richard Wilkins book launch in both Sydney and Melbourne
- Supplying backing vocals for Liberation act, Kate Alexa in 2013, promoting her album.
- In 2014, Celeste was selected from a worldwide audition process for a place in the prestigious Hollywood Immersive program in L.A, where she was mentored by top U.S music industry identities.