@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
6 July 2014
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Melancholic, charismatic, inspiring, and sincere – Toronto-based
Chloe Charles breaks black female vocalist stereotypes right away
as she arrives on stage with her classical guitar, accompanied by
violin, double bass, or other unexpected twists and turns of her
musical imagination. A singer-songwriter, drawing from many genres
with hints of various ethnic inspirations, Charles’ ‘difficult
to categorize’ canon postures an experimental pop sensibility,
coupled with chamber folk and subtle flourishes of somber soul music.
Charles likes to express her genre as “Indie Art Folk,”
and draws comparisons to Cat Power, Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom,
Etta James, and Bjork.
The 25 year old has been recording and performing music since 2005
while attending York University , influenced strongly by her childhood
as a mixed-race person in a unique rural environment where she learned
to value nature‘s modest pleasures, foster her creativity
and discover her inspirations. “I grew up in a forest surrounded
by the reverberating hum of frogs and the cries of coyotes. I am
inspired by the quaint, love filled and unconventional life of creativity.”
Unconventional definitely, perhaps even strange as Charles is step
daughter to Cynthia Lennon and step sister to Julien Lennon, a fact
undisclosed to most.
Charles prides herself on change and experimentation and thus,
ensures every performance is unique in arrangement and instrumentation.
Charles is just as comfortable performing solo as with any other
arrangement and as is clear to her audience she thrives when hearing
the interpretation of her songs by new instrumentalists.
This year, Charles aims to break the States and Europe, after
a breakthrough showcase at the Memphis Folk Alliance an Austin residence,
an extensive European tour, and her most focused effort yet, Little
Green Bud, October 1st.