Charice Pempengco is only 17 years old, but she has already been compared by critics to the likes of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
The Filipina native, who in late February released her second single, “Pyramid,” featuring Iyaz, was raised in Laguna by a single mother after incidents of domestic violence occurred in her household. Instead of letting her circumstances hold her down, Charice stepped up to the plate, and in an effort to support the family, began competing at the age of seven in any singing contest she could enter, including “Little Big Star,” where she finished in third place.
Charice got her big break in 2007 via YouTube, when videos of her live performances garnered millions of hits. Since then, she’s made appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and even performed at two pre-inaugural events for President Obama. Her performances have always received rave reviews, which is no easy task, considering the caliber of the songs this petite singer tackles. Her repertoire includes tunes like Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”
Singer Josh Groban has said Charice has “one of the most beautiful voices I’ve heard in a long time,” while 15-time Grammy Award winner David Foster has called her “a great mimic” of other singers, which he believes is a trait inherent in all good singers.
In a musical world where so many performers’ voices are fabricated or distorted on albums, Charice Pempengco is a breath of fresh air. She is clearly devoted to music and her zesty passion and honesty makes her a sparkling role model for fans around the world.
If you’re in Los Angeles next Friday, March 19, you can check out a live performance of Charice at the KIIS-FM stage at LA Live, home of the Staples Center. You can also buy Charice’s single “Pyramid” on iTunes here, follow Charice on Twitter @OfficialCharice and become a fan on several of the Facebook pages dedicated to Charice here, here and here.
Watch her music video for “Pyramid” here:
Last modified: March 11, 2010