Five Questions With Celtae Lynne

London, ON-based artist, Celtae Lynne has released a video for her single, “Butterfly”. This is her first song after stepping away from music for several years and represents a distinct shift in her style.

Celtae shares on the song,

“Butterfly is an offering to the universe in honor of healings and blessings I received on my journey towards love and healing. I had been battling my demons and pushing away the feelings that I would come to learn are ultimately the key to my healing. Grandmother Ayahuasca taught me that we are, at our core, the love that we seek. We are the love that breathes life into every being on this planet. We are the love that I had been hiding from while I was lost in my isolation and depression, constantly reliving old stories in my mind. Realizing that I am love, and part of the whole, freed me from the cocoon of suffering to fly and thrive like a butterfly. This song represents the metamorphosis of self and soul when you decide to confront your shadows and come into the light of your own truth.”

On the video,

“The video is a memorial to my cousin. The candle represents him and his spark of life. It’s about lighting a candle for a loved one who has passed – facing that darkness head on and dealing with those emotions, all to come to the conclusion that love is what we sometimes find it hard to face. I think the video’s simplicity works well against the complexity of the music. The visuals keep you company while you let the music take you on your soul’s journey.”

Watch “Butterfly” below and find out more about Celtae via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello readers! My name is Celtae Lynne. I am a singer-songwriter and visual artist from London, Ontario. In 2016 I graduated from Vocal Performance at Western University,  and have been focusing on growing my visual art and my music ever since.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Over the years I struggled on and off with writer’s block. I was stuck in my head and disconnected from my heart. Through transforming my perception with the help of plant medicines and inner child work, I was able to release past traumas and reconnect with my soul. That’s when I truly realized that writing wasn’t going to happen from thinking, but from feeling the direct expression of my soul. There have been many songs I have written that ended up being a way my soul gave me guidance for future situations I had no idea would end up happening. Now, when I write, I make sure to still my mind and truly connect with whatever my soul wants to express. I have found so much freedom knowing that there is no writer’s block – it was just a story I told myself instead of facing the emotional blocks obscuring my heart and quieting the voice and expression of my inner child.

How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?

Once the pandemic hit, I knew that I could either succumb to the waves of stress, or I could use the change for good. I was laid off from my job and decided to throw myself into my writing and my art. Since my partner and I were cooped up inside together for part of the lockdown, it gave us the opportunity to write several songs, launch our band Collective Evolution, and film music videos for our song Lightning Strikes and my solo single Butterfly. The pandemic presented us all with a monsoon of emotions, challenges, and loss, but maintaining my focus on the good things really paid off, and created space for me to do my art, connect with myself and slow down.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Well, the one that I would suggest isn’t out yet. It’s called Love Over Fear. It’s my favourite work that I’ve done so far, and it will be released in December!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I have always been a loyal fan of Joni Mitchell. She has been a staple in my long nights of painting, and her music has helped me throughout my life. Some other Canadian favourites are Rufus Wainwright, Lisa LeBlanc, Daniel Caesar, The Trews, Loreena McKennitt, Begonia, and more locally, I love the music of Anne Moniz, Pacanomad, Cedar and Pine, and Vultures Playing Ruckus.

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