Charice’s * star * continues to rise as she appears in yet another international magazine, the August/Sept 2010 issue of Dutch “STARS” magazine.
Introducing: Philippine wonderkind CHARICE
A supertalent is not something you find on every streetcorner. Charice comes from Tagaytay, a small village in the mountains of the Philippines. A local fan uploaded some videos of her performances on Youtube, and now Charice has her first hit: Pyramid ft Iyaz.
Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, the 18 year old wunderkind, was raised in a poor single-parent family. Mom Raquel left the house with Charice and Brother Carl, because of her violent father. Mom Raquel discovered Charice’s singing talent when she was four years old, singing ‘Happy Birthday.’
What happened next?
To help the family financially, Charice started joining singing contests when she was only 7 years old. She entered more then 100 contests! In 2005 she entered a Filipino talent show, Little Big Star. Ming (her nickname which means “cat”) left the show after one performance but returned with a wildcard, but Charice didn’t win the contest. But a fan, David, was so impressed that he uploaded the video on Youtube, hoping that someone would recognize her talent.
The next step?
A producer of a Korean tv show saw the video and asked if she would come to their show. Again, David uploaded the video and it was a success, the video had over 13 million views! One of the viewers was Ellen Degeneres. One week later, Charice was sitting on the couch at the Ellen Show, and a bit later she performed on the Oprah show.
A Swedish record company heard of this special girl and gave her a contract in June 2007. Charice made a demo-tape with 6 covers and one original song “Amazing.” Meanwhile she got more and more tv-appearances. Her debut album ‘Charice’ was launched in 2008 and went Gold that year in the Philippines, and in 2009 Platinum.
That is what she got from Oprah Winfrey, Oprah called her back for a special “World’s Smartest Kids” episode. Chaz sang “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston so clear that Oprah really wanted to get her in contact with the legendary music producer David Foster. When Charice became David Foster’s protegé, she shared the stage with Andrea Bocelli and Céline Dion.
In September 2008 the Filipino-girl was invited for the 100 Year Anniversary celebration of the soccer club Feyenoord where she sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before 30,000 soccer fans.
Charice hopes that her new single Pyramid ft Iyaz becomes a big hit. This is the second single from her international debut album (the first single was the tearjerker “Note to God.” Charice’s album will be in Dutch stores in the end of September.
Did you know?
…in the first week of the album launch, she sold 43,000 albums in the U.S?
Like so many, Charice wants to know if she has it in her to become a good actress. In “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” she played herself, but in the second season of popular tv series GLEE, she will play an exchange student with an extraordinary voice that will make Rachel (Lea Michelle) very jealous.
Nope, not at the moment, but she gave in that she has the hots for Josh Groban.
Chaz isn’t sure if she wants to study but if she does, she probably wants to study rights and becoming an Entertainment Lawyer is her area of interest.
“My ultimate dream? …to sing and dance with Justin Timberlake.”
Submitted and translated by Chafvl
Posted by Eve
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