CELESTINE has performed to God’s glory at many churches, concerts, camp meetings, convocations, and worship festivals. She has performed before crowds at some venues numbering over 3,500 people.
Her music can be heard on some Christian radio stations here and overseas. It is a combination of mainstream commercial, internet, satellite, community & college radio.
Celestine has lived in the Chicago area for ten years. She has recently released her second CD "Transparent". The single from the CD, "Friendship", was released to 3,500 radio stations in 35 countries including Canada, England, Australia, Germany, US, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Denmark, France, New Zealand, South Africa, Scotland, Wales, The Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, India, China, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Norway, Mexico, Finland, Thailand, Syria, Pakistan, Morocco.
Celestine and Mike have been writing and performing together as a duo since 2000. They released 2 CDs, "Show Me The Way" and "Transparent". This past year, they have put together a band for live performances.
Her singing career began in the United States when she met musician/songwriter Michael Barry.
Michael was classically trained on piano since he was eight years old. He's been writing songs since he was 11. His rock bands CDs have been released in 16 countries and has toured in many of them. When he and Celestine met, a new musical direction was created for both of them.
Celestina Abrea Credo Barry was born in Lunao, Gingoog Misamis Oriental, Philippines. Since she was little, she always had a passion to sing but was too shy to do it. Her father would look for her to sing in their church. She would be hiding since she didn't want to sing in front of people. But he would find her and drag her in to the pulpit and she would then sing. She was told if she didn't use her talents God would take them away. She prayed that one day she would be able to give glory to God and bring people to Him through her music. So eventually she didn't have to be dragged up to perform.
As a teenager, Celestine loved writing almost as much as singing. She had many pen pals all over the world. One of them was Michael Barry, a keyboard player from Chicago. She never dreamed that he would be the answer to her prayer.
Michael started writing Celestine in 1997 after seeing her picture in a magazine. It was many letters later that Celestine let Michael know she liked to sing. She asked if it was OK if she sent a cassette tape for him to listen to. After he received it, Michael wondered why she wasn't on it, only recordings of Karen Carpenter. After a few listens, it was obvious it wasn't Carpenter, but Celestine copying her favorite singer...
After two years of communication, their friendship grew into more and Michael decided to visit Celestine in the Philippines. So the plane ticket was purchased and the visit to a beautiful place turned into a meeting of two totally different people with God as the matchmaker...
In 1999, they got married and Celestine eventually moved to Chicago with her parent's blessing. Their musical styles intertwined into the music you hear today... Looking back, the Holy Spirit had been guiding them the whole time to where they are today. Praise God!
Our Ministry is to be of service to the Lord and to our fellow men. We believe that God has a purpose for putting us together and we will continue to give honor and glory to Him.
"My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul." - Psalm 108:1
"The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him." - Exodus 15:2
"Then I will praise God's name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving." - Psalm 69:30
In addition to their music ministry they're currently putting together CELESTINE MINISTRY that helps build, repair and perform maintenance at churches in different places.