Mighty Music recording artist Celleste has released both the single and video for “We Go On (California Strong)” dedicated to the survivors and heroes of the recent California fires and those who lost their lives. Since January 2017, California has battled over 17,000 wildfires: More than 3.5 million acres of land have burned, over 33,000 homes and structures were destroyed, and 172 people died. The music and video for “We Go On (California Strong)” were conceived and created by singer, songwriter and film maker Celleste along with her partner, co-writer and music producer Eric Dick with a single goal in mind: to raise money to benefit rebuilding efforts across California.
The story behind the project started in January, 2018 when Celleste and Eric followed their hearts and moved from Montreal to Malibu, where they were magnetically drawn by what they describe as “the amazing people, and the magical, creative energy in the air.” While the two were in the middle of writing and recording Celleste’s new album, their lives were impacted by the Woolsey fires. With their home in the direct path of the fire, they were forced to evacuate. Feeling helpless and wanting to give back to their newfound community, an idea for a song and accompanying video was born.
The next two months would find the pair living in temporary quarters and gathering photos and footage from across California, including photos taken by Celleste herself, and speaking with everyone featured in the video about their personal stories.
“We feel blessed to have met so many beautiful and courageous people who have done nothing but shine in the face of adversity” said Celleste. “Witnessing the strength and resiliency of this community first-hand has been truly inspirational.”