Charmaine Clamor

?One of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade? — Don Heckman http://irom.wordpress.com
“Combining social consciousness and sex appeal is tough to pull off, but Charmaine Clamor manages it on her terrific recordings. She is a beautiful artist.”
— Barry Bassis, TOWN & COUNTRY

Charmaine Clamor is America?s leading Filipina jazz and world vocalist.
With two consecutive albums in the JazzWeek World Music Top-10, including the rare feat of simultaneously making Top-5 on both the World (#2 ranking) and Traditional Jazz (#4) radio charts, Charmaine has earned unprecedented praise for introducing American audiences to Filipino languages, melodies, and instruments ? and for sharing a once-in-a-generation, astonishingly expressive voice.
Recognized today as ?one of the important and original jazz singers of the decade? {Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times}, a ?dynamic new compass point in World Music? {Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times} and ?one of the finest singers to come around in a long time? {Jerry D?Souza, All About Jazz}, Charmaine Clamor began her musical journey at age 3, entertaining passengers — whether they liked it or not! — in the back of buses traveling to Manila. Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Philippines, young Charmaine provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English-language classics. These childhood memories inspired Charmaine?s enduring love of American music.
After immigrating to the United States as a teenager, Charmaine graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Cal State-Northridge. Throughout her college years, Charmaine worked as a ?KJ? (a karaoke hostess). She was discovered by the musical director of CRESCENDO, a vocal jazz harmony quintet, while singing Whitney Houston songs at a Filipino fried chicken restaurant.
In 2005, following nearly a decade of ensemble singing, Charmaine made her solo recording debut with Searching for the Soul, and her ?bedroom eyes voice? instantly garnered comparisons from critics and disc jockeys to legendary vocalists such as Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Julie London, Lena Horne, and Cassandra Wilson. Several pundits dubbed her ?the Filipino Sarah Vaughan.?
Charmaine’s critically acclaimed second album, Flippin? Out (2007), brought her international recognition. On this landmark recording, she blended the soul and swing of American jazz with traditional Filipino folk music, languages and instruments, creating a new hybrid genre called jazzipino. Charmaine?s artistry was featured on BBC?s ?The World? and NPR?s ?Weekend Edition,? which described her music as ?the perfect bridge of two cultures.?
Her third album, My Harana: A Filipino Serenade (2008), revived the ancient Filipino courtship tradition of harana ? serenading a lover beneath her window ? but with a twist: this time it was the woman doing the serenading! Charmaine?s bold vision and sublime vocal tenderness landed her on numerous magazine covers and TV newsmagazine shows in her native Philippines, and solidified her role as her birth country?s most celebrated international musical ambassador.
Indeed, because of her presence on American radio and concert appearances around the nation, Charmaine has been credited with introducing authentic Filipino musical culture to mainstream listeners. To further her lifelong goal of bringing the music of the Philippines to ever larger audiences, Charmaine served as one of the founding members of JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization that promotes jazz artists of Filipino descent in the United States. For five consecutive years, she has lent her notoriety to the popular Filipino-American Jazz Festival, held annually in Hollywood, at the Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club, where Charmaine?s appearances with fellow Fil-Am jazz luminaries inspire standing-room-only crowds.
In 2009, Charmaine was signed to a multi-record deal with Viva Records, one of the largest pop music labels in Asia. As Viva?s first and only jazz artist, her debut album, appropriately entitled Jazzipino, brought Charmaine?s unique sound to millions of new listeners on Filipino radio and television.
In 2010, Charmaine is scheduled to release a highly anticipated musical collaboration with a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Charmaine resides in Los Angeles, California, where she tends to an organic vegetable garden and volunteers for environmental organizations that promote green living.
Recent Awards & Accolades For Charmaine Clamor
+ 2009 FAMAS (Filipino Oscars) Award of Merit
+ 2009 Filipinas Magazine Achievement Award in Entertainment
+ 2009 Asian Heritage Award in Performing Arts.
+ Signed multi-year, multi-record deal with VIVA Records, legendary Manila pop label; Charmaine is their first and only jazz artist. Debut album, “Jazzipino,” released in September to national acclaim.
+ Inked to close the 2010 Philippines International JazzFest.
+ Slated in 2010 to release two albums: Her 4th US solo project, “Something Good,” and a collaboration with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne for his highly anticipated collaboration with Fatboy Slim and 22 female guest vocalists. “Here Lies Love” about the life of Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines. Guest artists include Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Nathalie Merchant, Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, Kate Pierson (of the B-52s) and Charmaine Clamor, who appears on Track #9, “Walk Like a Woman.” Charmaine is the only Filipina — and the only jazz singer — on the project.
Charmaine Clamor is America?s leading Filipina jazz and world vocalist.
With two consecutive albums in the JazzWeek World Music Top-10, including the rare feat of simultaneously making Top-5 on both the World (#2 ranking) and Traditional Jazz (#4) radio charts, Charmaine has earned unprecedented praise for introducing American audiences to Filipino languages, melodies, and instruments ? and for sharing a once-in-a- generation, astonishingly expressive voice.
Recognized today as ?one of the important and original jazz singers of the decade? {Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times}, a ?dynamic new compass point in World Music? {Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times} and ?one of the finest singers to come around in a long time? {Jerry D?Souza, All About Jazz}, Charmaine Clamor began her musical journey at age 3, entertaining passengers — whether they liked it or not! — in the back of buses traveling to Manila. Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Philippines, young Charmaine provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English-language classics. These childhood memories inspired Charmaine?s enduring love of American music.
For more information about Charmaine Clamor and a selection of downloadable high-resolution photos: http://www.CharmaineClamor.com
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