Charice: A New Singer to Cherish

Who would have thought that a wild card contestant from a local television show in the Philippines can dominate and capture the world like no other? It could only be the new singing prodigy Charice.

Charmaine Charice Relucio Pempengco was born on May 10, 1992 in San Pedro Laguna. At the age of four, her mother Raquel and brother Carl moved out from their father due to domestic circumstances. Even with this unfathomed problem, this little girl discovered to sing during this age. In spite of her mother’s daily work, Raquel still managed to help her daughter join singing contests counting to more than eighty events since Charice began at the age of seven.

It was Little Big Star who opened a huge step for Charice way back 2005. As a thirteen year old hopeful, unfortunately things didn’t turned out so well. She was eliminated even in the first round of the contest. But during the course of it, she was invited back in the said competition as a wild card contestant. Determined to win, she did good after being back and reigned first in the next succeeding rounds. As the contest comes to a close, Charice ended third because of her low total text votes.

The output of the former competition saddened her and decided to pursue a nursing career instead. Ironically someone from the Internet with an alias of FalseVoice came and resurrected Charice and her voice in the web. He posted her singing videos in YouTube and other gigs that eventually were viewed by millions that made her an instant Internet sensation. This overwhelming door led Charice to Sweden to record songs for Ten Songs Productions on June 2007.

But it was this South Korean talent show on October 13, 2007 that sky rocketed her career. The producers of Star King from the said show invited her to be a guest. Little did the audience know that they are currently witnessing a blooming star at that instant. As one audience said shortly after her performance, “It’s like the stage isn’t big enough for her!” Charice has indeed owned the stage throughout the whole rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. The video of this performance amounted to millions of YouTube hits making Charice an ever viable artist in the cyberspace.

It was then David Foster, who arranged to meet Charice after her triumphant performance in South Korea. He then mentored her and helped her dreams became a reality. It was David who took Charice to see Celine Dion, her idol since she was a kid, in Las Vegas on December 15, 2007. Four days after, she appeared in the Ellen Degeneres Show whom Ellen personally phoned her to come to the United States for a live performance. Charice didn’t fail her and the audience, she rendered the same song from the talent show but they were blown away giving her a standing ovation after the rendition.

There was no stopping for this new star to rise. Charice had been invited to various Filipino gatherings in the United States to perform. To name a few she sang in the O’Grady Show in England on April 8, 2008, Hit Man: David Foster and Friends at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on May 23, 2008 featuring Andrea Bocelli who personally congratulated her, and with Bocelli’s birthday concert in Tuscany Italy on July 20, 2008.

It was Oprah who put Charice to super stardom line. It was also her who made her dream a reality by showing a live feed from her idol Celine Dion. With the video, Celine invited her to sing a duet during her Madison Square Garden concert. Such an envisioned dream was now a reality for Charice as she sang with Celine herself Because You Loved Me on September 15, 2008.

And now, as her star shines even brighter, she had a new song recorded for us entitled Note to God which was first seen in Oprah. The powerful song together with her powerful voice generated an overwhelming aura to everyone that even made the Queen of Talk cry. As with all her other performances, a standing ovation is worth of such a well refined rendition making the song duly befitting to Charice. No wonder why she was embraced by millions because of how she manages to deliver the song that touched anyone who could hear her.

As her star is shedding more light in the music field, Charice remained humble and sweet. She never forgets to visit her country Philippines for television appearances. She even made a debut album locally produced with the main single “It Can Only Get Better”. Shortly after this album was released in the market, it became gold reaching over 12,500 copies sold. With that said, I am sure that her new international album would reach even far in record volumes.

Congratulations Charice for a new accomplishment! You are truly one of a kind and you would truly go far.


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