NOTE FROM TRISH

Trish Wheaton

From Madison Avenue to Gramercy Nightingale

 

Celia Berk and I worked together on Madison Avenue in separate C-Suites for the world’s largest advertising agency. We shared a work life that was powerful and rewarding. Two women at the top of their professional games. 

So, imagine my shock and surprise when I discovered Celia was a Clark Kent in my midst. She had a highly acclaimed alter ego and rich life far removed from our all-business quotidian endeavors. My colleague Celia was also known as the Gramercy Nightingale! A cabaret singer of some renown.

Even though Celia started out as an actor, her vocation and acclaim as a cabaret singer came decades after she abandoned the dream of performing — when the term ‘starving artist’ became more of a reality than a cliché. 

Her return to performing was born out of the most tragic circumstance. But Celia turned that hole in her heart into a space to explore her long-held dream. 

Intrigued by Celia’s transformation, I sat down with her recently to hear about her journey from Madison Avenue to Gramercy Nightingale. It’s a reflective tale of inspiration and hope. As with most journeys, there are challenges, fears, and an uncertain outcome, but there was a thread that became an epiphany: ‘I realized I had never stopped singing.’

Enjoy Celia’s story! May it inspire you to sing your own song.

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PS. For your holiday playlist, check out Celia’s newly released Still, Still, Still as well as Holiday Bells Medley on her YouTube channel and all the streaming platforms.

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Click here to hear Celia’s newly released Still, Still, Still, Holiday Bells Medley and more.

 

Photo credit: RJ Kern