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New Music: Charlene Soraia

Siobhanne Beattie

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The stunning vocal and unique take on The Calling’s Wherever You Will Go in the recent Twinings Tea advert is that of exciting and promising new singer/songwriter, Charlene Soraia.

Born in 1988 and raised in London, Charlene first picked up her Dad’s guitar at the tender age of five, taking early inspiration from artists including David Bowie, Pink Floyd and The Beatles. Charlene developed her sound and style at open mic nights while she was still a schoolgirl, later joining The BRIT school alongside other future musicians including Kate Nash and Adele. While there, Charlene formed a rock band called Retrospect releasing the EP Long Hair, Short Memories. A solo career soon followed with the release of her own EP Lemonade in 2008.

Three solo EPs, Daffodils and Other Idylls, Postcards From Oi and One Of The Sun followed, the later of which topped the UK Folk Chart on iTunes. More recently, Charlene’s beautiful take on Wherever You Will Go has helped paved her way to mainstream recognition, with her version of the track receiving further publicity when it was sung by one of this year’s X Factor contestants. Excitingly the track peaked at number three in the UK charts.

Moonchild is Charlene Soraia’s debut full-length work, which was released recently amidst great anticipation. Charlene will headline her first solo UK tour next year kicking off on Monday 6th February in London, and taking in Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol and Belfast amongst many other dates.

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