Celena Rae is no stranger to hard work and determination. To hear her mother tell it, Celena was born to be a star. She says from day one Celena could walk into a room and own it. She began singing, as most children do, in school plays and musicals. At six years old, after receiving a standing ovation for her rendition of an Ella Fitzgerald song, her undeniable talent was revealed and it was then she began to perfect her craft.
At nineteen, Celena Rae began singing with Linder and Brock, a Dallas/Fort Worth based country/classic rock cover band touring around the nation in schools, performance halls, and fairs.
Celena Rae’s first big break came at 23, when she was cast on Dick Clark’s version of Star Search, “Your Big Break.” Celena Rae was crowned the grand prize winner after her performance as Martina McBride singing “A Broken Wing”.
As a result of winning “Your Big Break”, Celena was granted a recording contract with Lyric Street Records in Nashville. After working with Lyric Street Celena collaborated with the award winning producer/song writer Dan Huff on a production deal with his company Terecel Music.
In the summer of 2004, Celena emerged onto the scene again by auditioning to be on America’s top reality TV show… American Idol. Out of 103,000 people that auditioned, Celena made it to the final 10 girls in the entire competition. Having been on television in front of 35 million people has allowed Celena to take the next steps in her career as a musician and entertainer.
Currrently, Celena is back in Dallas, Texas and pursuing local speaking engagements, appearances, and performances. Since her success on American Idol, Celena has continued to perform at multiple venues in front of audiences eclipsing 250,000 and 105,000 people. She has performed with some of the top names in Country Music including: Brad Paisley, Andy Griggs, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Tracy Lawrence, Los Lonely Boys, Sara Evans, and Pat Green. Celena has recently signed on to be the national anthemist and game hostess for the Stanley Cup Champions NHL Dallas Stars for the 2005-2006 season. Celena will perform at all of the home games and participate in several Dallas Stars events including hosting a weekly Comcast show titled “Dallas Stars—On Demand” to help welcome back the Dallas Stars to the ice at their home rink of the American Airlines Center. Celena will be on a new Christmas compilation CD titled “Totally Awesome Christmas” (as seen on MTV’s TRL), featuring artists such as Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Ali Lohan, Rascal Flatts, Shedaisy, and many more that will be released exclusively in over 6000 Radio Shacks across the country for the 2005 Holiday Season. Celena Rae continues to pursue her dream and entertain people all across the nation as she prepares to release her debut album and begin touring nationally in 2006.
Celena Rae Career Highlights
1999- Dick Clark’s “Your Big Break” Grand Champion
2002- Johnny High’s Country Music Review “Next Big Star” Champion
2005- American Idol Semi-Finalist
2005-“Idol Insider” correspondent for Fox 4 Good Day
2005-Weekly “American Idol” Correspondent for 96.3 KSCS
2005-Performed with acts such as Brad Paisley, Andy Griggs, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Los Lonely Boys, Josh Gracin, Sara Evans, and Pat Green.
2005-Performed at the Texas Motor Speedway in both April and November in front of crowds exceeding 250,000 people at each race.
2005-Peformed the national anthem on national television at the Dickies 500 NASCAR race in November.
2005-Hired to be the anthemist and game hostess as the “Face of the 1999 Stanely Cup Champions Dallas Stars” for the 2005-2006 season.
2005-Listed on Billboard.com in the “Hot Shots” of the photos from music from around the world.
2005-Sports Illustrated.com names Celena as one of the greatest anthem singers in the history of the NHL.
What People have to Say About Celena Rae…
“I think that you are adorable, you have your look together. I think you have great potential…I think that we need to see you again in Hollywood…”
American Idol Judge
“We’ve had Celena on our show numerous times, first as a contestant on American Idol then as a correspondent for Idol updates. Her personality makes her a natural for numerous broadcast endeavors. She is candid, upbeat and most important, very likable. She is the rare person who can give opinion and insight and remain likable by our listening audience.”
Mark “Hawkeye” Louis
Morning Show Co-Host
96.3 KSCS Dallas
”…from the time she started her sound check and throughout her entire performance, Celena showed obvious talent and professionalism on stage. I believe she possesses the star quality necessary for success. She is destined fro greatness! We are looking for ways to continue working with Celena in Texas and all over the U.S.”
President, JHE Production Group