Celia and Thunder Rose

Celia Lawley

Show business runs in the family…

Her 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 music.

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.