Celia Whitler is a singer-songwriter who makes music in a wide variety of venues both sacred and secular. Celia communicates with a powerful and unique voice as she tells stories and sings songs with an intimacy that captures the listening community. Celia most often travels with a single acoustic guitar, but also takes bands composed of three to eight musicians.
As a performer, music and worship leader, Celia has sung more than a thousand concerts and events for groups numbering from 1 to 37,000, covering 45 states and Europe. Celia sings for a variety of events including concerts, concert series, women’s events, worship services, retreats, corporate events, camps, local church, regional and national gatherings of all ages, seminary, workshops on writing and worship leading, and christian retail personnel. She has provided leadership at the national level for: the United Methodist Church; the Lutheran Church, ELCA; Christian Church, Disciples of Christ; Acteens, Southern Baptist Girls; the American Baptist Church and Group Publishing; and an ecumenical gathering of denominational youth leaders.
As a recording artist, Celia has released eight independent recordings to date. Five of those are still in print. Follow the cds link for more information. She also sang on a Thomas Kincade recording.
As a songwriter, Celia writes both Christian and secular songs. She writes many of the songs that she records. She performs regularly at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the premier songwriters venue in Nashville. Celia recently co-wrote an anthem for choir (SATTBB with solo and congregation) with Ken Medema. Visit the choral link to hear a performance or to learn more about the anthem. Several of her songs appear on recordings released by Oregon Catholic Press and other sing-a-long projects. To learn more about Celia’s writing and co-writing, follow the songwriting link.
As an author, Celia has written three books. Two were published in February 2009. Follow the “author” link left to learn more. “On the Way to Somewhere” was published by Abingdon Press in April 2006. All three books include an audio CD of original music. Follow the author link to learn more about “On the Way to Somewhere”. She has written several curriculum pieces (and songs): “Firelight”, a middle school curriculum for Augsburg Fortress with 5 songs; “A Time to Praise”, a Cokesbury youth worship curriculum. Celia is currently working on two books. Stay tuned for more information on these upcoming releases.
As an event leader, Celia merges musical leadership with speaking and curriculum writing to bring a one stop solution to event planners. As a former local church employee and school teacher, she understand her leadership as part of a larger picture.