Singer with Sparkle! ✨

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Charlene on SoundBetter

I want to add feeling and performance to your project and make it sparkle! This is my full-time profession for years and I do it well. Singing in the studio is different than live singing! This is important. I'm experienced and know how to bring a song alive in a recording.

I'm Charlene. I've been working for years in top sessions in NYC. I sang backup for M.I.A., performed for Carla Bruni and sang on demos for William Orbit for Madonna's MDNA record. I was the singer on the New York Knick's anthem, sang on an international Smirnoff commercial doing cover of Kiss's "Crazy Nights" and more.

I love what I do and making your project come to life! I take direction well and want you to be happy with what you get. I provide a fast turn around because this is my full time job!

I'm good at bringing a performance to a song. I also do harmony arrangements very well. I have lots of experience singing jingles and even kids music. See links below for various reels to listen to.

Acapella samples from my recording set up: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/acapella-examples/s-15TBM

Topline: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/topline-writing/s-1ZBFQ

Jingles/Commercials: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/jingle-reel-charlene/s-jxju2

"Sound-a-likes", me sounding like famous pop singers: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/soundalike-songs/s-GHwip

Voiceovers: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/

Harmonies/Backup Vocals: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/background-vocals/s-pedps

✨MORE SOUND SAMPLES -SCROLL DOWN TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE UNDER "MORE SAMPLES" ✨

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

104 Reviews - 21 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Evan R.
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    I hired Charlene to record vocals for a demo of my song "Postcard". I had vocals I'd recorded years ago with another singer, but they needed to be better. Charlene took the song and really made it shine. Plus her turn-around time was fast and she was professional at every step.

    I highly recommend her!

  2. Review by METLAINE
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    Very good job. I am very happy.
    Thanx Charlène.

  3. Review by Vernon W.
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    Excellent to work with. Quick turn around and gave me what I asked for. I will be using her again very soon.

  4. Review by Jonathan S.
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    More great vocals from Charlene! She definitely sparkles. The second song she did for me, and I am very happy!

  5. Review by Neil D.
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    Charlene was a dream to work with. His voice is perfect for hits. The work flow crazy good. I look forward to working on future projects with this talented singer

  6. Review by Geoff M.
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    Wow, what an amazing voice. Charlene's voice has such rich tones to it. She sounded so good on my project. Very professional and a great communicator.

  7. Review by Alex P.
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    It was my second time I worked with Charlene and the results are incredible. Her professionality and dedication are unique, and the results speaks for their own.

    Do not hesitate, she is THE BEST choice if you want to give the "magic touch" that your sound needs.

  8. Review by Nicholas
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    It was indeed a pleasure to experience Charlene's talent. She is professional, efficient and extremely talented. We will do a lot of music together!!!!!!

  9. Review by Martin W.
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    Just finished a track with Charlene and I would start another with her in a second. She TOTALLY got the brief, and sent vocal tracks that proved that. Nothing was a problem, absolutely professional from start to finish. I look forward to working with her again SOON.

  10. Review by chris a.
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    Charlene is a pleasure to work with and a real pro. She is very efficient and has a great range in terms of styles and interpretations. She communicates really well and makes the "wav sending" process very interactive to achieve the goals of the vocal track. thank you again!

  11. Review by Henrik N.
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    I was great to work with Charlene. Very professional, reliable and very nice vocals. I can definetely recommend her to others ._9

  12. Review by David Karsten Daniels
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    Charlene was super professional. She was very thoughtful about her approach to the job. I would absolutely work with her again!

  13. Review by John M.
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    Charlene has an ear for a melody and is a nimble lyricist.

  14. Review by Hong P.
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    She's the best!!

  15. Review by Richard M.
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    Communicative and truly fantastic. The tracks and takes I got were incredibly high quality!

  16. Review by Jonathan S.
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    Charlene is amazing! Fast responses, clear communication and fantastic vocals! What else do you need?

  17. Review by keith k.
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    Charlene did a superior job on my song. Great voice and range! I am so pleased!

  18. Review by Janne K.
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    Charlene created amazing vocals and lyrics to my track and also added some extra-takes if a fast schedule when I had a new idea for the track later. She has a great can do -attitude, professional quality in her work and she is very friendly in communication during the project. Charlene also obviously cares about the outcome of the track which I appreciate a lot. Highly recommended!

  19. Review by Justin R.
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    Charlene was more than great! Thanks xoxo

  20. Review by Hamilton C.
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    Amazing voice and professional. Charlene exceeded my expectations for the song. 5 stars.

  21. Review by Sly J.
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    Great communication very clean vocal takes
    Wonderful lyricist I’m very happy with her work
    Just what I was looking for.
    I recommend her.

  22. Review by Steven F.
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    I've worked with Charlene many times now. She is consistently great - she pays attention to my requests, pays attention to the lyrics and melody, she has a good ear and I know when I ask her to add her own parts and adlibs, they always suit the song and I'm never disappointed. Plus she's always super professional.

  23. Review by Victor L.
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    It was a pleaure to work with Charlene,She recorded multiple alternatives that made things very easy,very professional and amazing voice.

  24. Review by Anselme P.
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    Charlene is very professional and delivers high quality vocals. She has an exceptional voice with a strong identity.

  25. Review by MICHAEL C.
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    Charlene was fantastic to work with. Professional, talented and eager to help me get my vision on 'tape'. Fast turnaround too. I needed something different and special and Charlene's demo examples gave me the inspiration to turn to her for her vocal style and songwriting input. My session would have been challenging given the wall of fuzz guitars I'd laid out as the music bed. But Charlene embraced it and provided lots of vocal material for me to work with. Would love to work with her again!

  26. Review by Brian H.
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    Charlene’s interpretation has brought a whole new level to the last job.. 5 starts! This being the second job with Charlene. Commitment plus. Giving heaps of ad-libs, several lead versions with little extras to help compliment the project. It is such a pleasure to be working with a caring professional. We pinch ourselves to have found such an amazing talent. Thank You Charlene!! XX

  27. Review by Andrei D.
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    Thank you Charlene!!

    Such a treat to work with you!! Amazing in every way. Blew it out of the park first time around. Leads, harmonies, doubles, ad libs... I just had to pop the tracks into the session everything was arranged perfectly. Needed one small revision and that came back super quick. Very kind person and replies fast...The song is sounding SOOOO good because of you. Recommend 110% any day. Looking forward to next time!

  28. Review by Dave A.
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    Charlene was great to work with! She delivered awesome vocals, and was very professional throughout the entire process. A true pleasure to work with!

  29. Review by Uros
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    Amazing Voice, and great communication!

  30. Review by Joe Kelly Jr.
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    Charlene went above and beyond. great to work with. Talented and pro!! I can't wait to hear the mixes

  31. Review by Brian H.
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    Moments like this are rare, Charlene is a complete dream vocalist to work with, ticking all the boxes for us.
    Outstanding raw vocals in various forms for us to choose from which is accompanied by her ease in communication .
    Charlene is musically switched on to you and your project, offering her knowledge, understanding and vocal abilities that WILL shine through and into your project. Infectious! Thank you from being a beautiful soul and allow us to work with you . Anthony & Brian

  32. Review by Jörgen B.
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    Great vocalist. Very pleasant to work with. A true professional i would recommend to anyone!

  33. Review by Tony S.
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    Charlene had focus and timely delivery of her well written and sung top line over my music. A great experience.

  34. Review by Leon S.
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    Charlene did an excellent job building on detailed instructions to create vocal tracks that had great personality and wonderful harmonies. She went above and beyond expectations. Would definitely like to work with her again.

  35. Review by We W.
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    Charlene did the lyrics and vocals for my instrumental EDM track. I came with no idea and Charlene delivered a result that matched exactly the atmosphere of the song. She made an earwig out of it!

    Really brilliant. 6 out of 5 stars.

  36. Review by Kevin V.
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    Very quick turnaround with quality stems delivered. Went above and beyond

  37. Review by Mohammed A.
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    Charlene is a great singer with great personality.
    She makes sure to understand the client view and improve it.
    Would work with her again!!

  38. Review by adrik
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    Charlene is a super great skilled signer.
    Very easy to work with. She also gave a touch to my song nobody else could. Highly recommended !

  39. Review by Tyler Colle
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    Working with Charlene was a great experience. She was able to bring my vision to life. Couldn't be happier!

  40. Review by Magnus S.
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    Charlene was an absolute joy to work with.
    Great communication through the process, keen on getting what I wanted and very flexibel/easy to work with.
    She did an outstanding job in making the song come alive.
    Couldn´t be more happy about the result.

    Highly recommended!

    Magnus

  41. Review by Alex P.
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    I can't be happier of my choice to work with Charlene. Since first contact, she showed her enthusiasm on my project, worked on good and fresh ideas and kept contact and feedback constantly.
    It was my first collaboration, and I really enjoyed it.
    The results are amazing. She really gave the "sparkle" that I needed.

    Thank you Charlene

  42. Review by Daniel Shemer
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    She sounds great, and was super quick and responsive

  43. Review by Vitalii S.
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    It was a great experience working with Charlene, I am super happy with result.

  44. Review by Jayded J.
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    Charlene has written vocals for me and the quality of the recordings was professional. I am very satisfied with the result and her proactive cooperation.

  45. Review by Janne L.
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    Wow, the result blew my mind.
    Even better that expected, I'm super satisfied.
    Charlene is really a great singer.
    And she did the job very quick and smoothly.

  46. Review by Janne K.
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    Charlene nailed my song from a first try, everything she sent me worked beautifully. Always a pleasure working with her.

  47. Review by Paul R.
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    She brought the butter ... Great job!
    I will work with Charlene in the future.

  48. Review by John M.
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    Charlene is a talented melodist and extremely intuitive about the desire mood driving a song or a piece of music.

  49. Review by Steven F.
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    I have actually lost count, so it's safe to say I've worked with Charlene countless times now. She pays attention to the music and the lyrics, is intuitive, and her voice suits my songs very well. She always comes up with something above and beyond what I expect. It's always a pleasure to work with Charlene.

  50. Review by John M.
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    Charlene is creative, understood the emotions i was trying to convey and the market I would like to reach.

  51. Review by Janne K.
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    Charlene did an amazing job with my track, she is such a talented vocalist with a unique sound, always a pleasure working with her.

  52. Review by Steven F.
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    I've worked with Charlene several times already, she's always very professional and reliable, and her voice suits my music very well. This time round she had all the parts completed within just a couple days and everything was perfect, no need to redo. I'll be back!

  53. Review by Peter S.
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    This was my second project with Charlene. She took the challenge of singing in a lower key and really knocked it out of the park. She is professional and provides high quality work. I will be working with her again.

  54. Review by Peter S.
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    Incredible singer. She took my track and lifted it up another level. Easy to work with, very professional and timely. I will work with her again.

  55. Review by David T.
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    Charlene has done it again ! Spot on awesome vocals. Thank you so much !!!

  56. Review by chanwoo y.
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    Charlene might just be a goddess. Her responses were very prompt, great communication, delivered on time despite the tight schedule, her vocals are amazing, she nailed the lead vocals as well as the harmonies and all the adlibs, catered to every need and more!!

    Will definitely work with again!

  57. Review by Vaihi O.
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    Awesome voice, fast turn around, amazing vocal ideas, in the pocket singer, above all easy to communicate with. Charlene delivered big time. Mahalo nui Charlene.

  58. Review by David T.
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    Excellent !
    Charlene totally nailed it. Awesome pitch and control. The track we were working on was not an easy one and required absolute command of intricate vocals lines. Harmonies were spot on and double tracking was perfect. Will totally use Charlene again.

  59. Review by Cristian S.
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    Perfect person for my project, with fast turnaround and phenomenal vocals. Charlene tailored her expertise to what the work required, with the end result showing true dedication and talent.

  60. Review by Janne K.
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    Charlene did a great job with my track. Always a pleasure working with her, thank you!

  61. Review by Andy H.
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    Fabulous voice, totally professional and a great interpreter of a song and lyric! Super fast turnaround too, None better,

  62. Review by Andy H.
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    Great to work with. One song, one perfect performance. Really got the mood and foundations of the song. Now doing 4 more more songs with Charlene.

  63. Review by Daniel P.
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    Pleasure working with Charlene! Good communication and great voice.

  64. Review by Phuturetrax
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    Excellent work, highly recommended!

  65. Review by Chris Tschuggnall
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    Charlene did a fantastic job and communication was very uncomplicated! Highly recommended :)

  66. Review by Sonny G.
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    Charlene was a DREAM! I had a unique project and was new to Sound Better and still adjusting to its quirks, and Charlene was super flexible and patient — not to mention her vocals sounded amazing and delivery was to spec and timely. Highly recommended and would love to work with again!

  67. Review by Paul G.
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    Charlene did a wonderful job. She has a beautiful voice and her vocals are clear and precise. She gave 4 takes on everything and was totally cool about making revisions. She’s a total professional and it was a pleasure working with her.

  68. Review by Steven F.
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    Worked with Charlene several times, her vocals work perfectly with my demos. Plus she's reliable, works quickly, and overall a professional.

  69. Review by Sofiane K.
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    Awesome experience with charlene!
    So fast, very professional and efficient I like!

  70. Review by Janne K.
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    Charlene did a really great job recording the full vocals on my track. She was really professional with the process and with the performance. She also threw in her own ideas which were a big plus. Great singer with a beautiful & emotional voice. A pleasure to work with, thank you!

  71. Review by pamela r.
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    Charlene's voice is just stunning. She did some amazing harmonies for my track and nailed them. Thanks again :)

  72. Review by Mark S.
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    Charlene was given a task that required her to mimic another singer, and she absolutely nailed it, bang on target!! Not only that, but she kept in contact with updates and delivered right on time for the deadline. Charlene is a true pro vocalist - one of the best here!!

  73. Review by Steven F.
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    Always a pleasure working with Charlene. She's a great singer, comes up with some great ideas on her own, and she's always prompt, professional and communicative.

  74. Review by Hong P.
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    BEST!!

  75. Review by Hong P.
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    Always the best!!!
    She's on time and very responsible.

  76. Review by Hong P.
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    Nothing to say...
    Always she helps and try her best.
    Great person to work with as well as a singer.

  77. Review by Hong P.
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    Always the best!!

  78. Review by Alexandru P.
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    Charlene did an amazing spoken voice recording on an intro for my live sets. She was quick and delivered exactly as we agreed.

    Her lovely voice worked great on that piece of music. Totally recommended to work with her!

  79. Review by Hong P.
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    Charlene is always best!!!
    Her response is so fast, I want to work with her again~~

  80. Review by Hong P.
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    She is a great singer and the communication was real smooth.
    Very happy to work with.

  81. Review by Hong P.
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    She's the best!!!! Two thumb's up~~~

  82. Review by paul n.
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    another great job. and like the last job she did for me, she assisted a little with the lyrics. lovely harmonies, with some great ideas on her own that i implemented. quick turnaround and response all the way this time also:-)

  83. Review by paul n.
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    charlene is the real deal
    did the job with feel
    and razor appeal
    and some great ideas on her own
    that i didn't even think of
    quick response and turnaround
    flawless communication
    did the modifications
    with no hesitation
    i hope she'll go far
    she deserves to be more
    than just a soundbetter star
    i give her five
    for making my song come alive

  84. Review by Mark S.
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    Charlene was truly amazing to work with! Everything was on point and she checked all the boxes while working with me. Charlene is extremely talented, delivered a good amount of great quality takes right on time, and always comes across with a wonderfully warm, helpful and smart personality. Most highly recommended!!

  85. Review by Steven F.
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    This is the second time I've worked on a demo with Charlene. She has a good voice for the style of music I'm producing and she also has a good ear for harmonies. It was a pleasure working with her!

  86. Review by mahamaya
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    Lovely singer, very patient and cooperative.

    Sparkles with purity and wonder and innocence like a melodic bee discovering a large garden of lavender.

    Lovely singer, thanks a million.

  87. Review by Steven F.
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    I needed a track completed on short notice and Charlene was able to sing and also helped arrange the vocals. She sounds great and I'd be very happy to work with her again in the future.

  88. Review by Tim F.
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    Charlene is a consummate pro. She has such a great sound first of all. That's a given. But production-wise, she makes it very easy to get the job done. And she works very quickly. She is highly directable and follows emailed instructions explicitly. Files are perfectly organized. It's always such a pleasure.

  89. Review by Aman V.
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    It was great working with Charlene. She has a great voice and is very responsive and helpful :) Would definitely recommend her!

  90. Review by Tim F.
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    Working with Charlene was a pleasure. Her turn-around time was lightning fast and she's a consummate pro. Can't wait to do another with her.

  91. Review by Chris H.
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    Once again Charlene did a great job. She brought a sultry, sexy style that was just what was needed. Am looking forward to future collaborations with her.

  92. Review by Stephen C.
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    Million Thanks Charlene
    You are great and professional singer in the world .... no kidding ... fast response ... step by step follow the project ... reason budget and professional arrangement ...

    Highly recommend !!!

    Stephen - Hong Kong Composer

  93. Review by SueConyer
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    Charlene is an amazing singer, very professional and easy to work with. I would absolutely recommend her.

  94. Review by Linda K.
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    Great vocal abilities and excellent and timely communication. A pleasure to work with.

  95. Review by Chris H.
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    Charlene did a great job with my song. She brought a campy style which is exactly what it needed. Am looking forward to more successful collaboration in the future with her!

  96. Review by Adelbert C.
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    This was an honor to work with someone as talented as Charlene. very easy to work with and she laid down her vocals exactly how I pictured it in my head. I would recommend her for any upcoming project her voice has a different tone then others really would like to thank you Charlene and looking forward to working with you more in the future.

  97. Review by Nathan L.
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    Charlene was great to work with. She is highly precise, detailed, professional and talented. It was a pleasure working with her.

  98. Review by Risto V.
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    She did exactly what I needed and asked for and even better than I expected! Plus superfast delivery and communication was great. Would recommed to anyone!

  99. Review by Evan R.
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    Charlene has an amazing voice and she is a pro at every step. I hired her to record lead and harmony vocals for my demo and she did an incredible job. I will definitely work with her again in the future if I have the chance.

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  101. Review by Michael Inge
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    Charlene is gifted singer! She has great instincts and is extremely versatile among many genres. She knows how to bring a project alive with a stand out vocal performance that will have people listening!

  102. Review by JD
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    Charlene is a true pro! We've done many sessions together over the years and have landed several commercials together. She's one of the few session singers that can nail the brief exactly how the client asks but still put an artistic spin on it and make it her own. Highly recommend her!

  103. Review by stevvi alexander
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    I can truly say that Charlene is a very unique and true talent. Not only does she have a beautiful instrument in her voice but she also brings a very cool sensibility and expression to her work because she is an artist. I always love hearing what she is up to because I know it's going to be well performed done and cool!

  104. Review by Adam Miele
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    Charlene is incredible! She is my go to singer for any project I'm working on, no matter the genre. I've literally had hundreds of sessions with her and have never been dissatisfied. She can adapt her voice to any style and is extremely easy to get along with. Charlene is at the very top of her craft and I've been extremely lucky to have met her.

Interview with Charlene

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: I'm an old soul at heart so I wish the whole world was in Analog. :-) BUT, digital makes things go easier and connects us all.

  3. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  4. A: I usually ask about the direction and vision they have for the track to see how I can fit into that.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: You will like the results very much.

  7. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  8. A: I'm working on my own album at the moment. :-)

  9. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  10. A: I work with many big production houses in NYC, LA, London and all over the world.

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: Radiohead! I have been a big fan for years. They are unique and every record they put out has a concept to it that is strange and amazing.

  13. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  14. A: I sing on a lot of pop and rock song demos. I also do a lot of jingle and commercial work. I understand the difference of singing those things, it's not the same approach. I'm also really skilled in harmony arrangements. Another major area I work in is kid's music which requires another vocal tone too. :-)

  15. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  16. A: Performance, emotion. This is a very important ingredient that a lot recording artists forget about. It's not just about the technical skill, it's about bringing the meaning of the song alive. Because I've sung so much in the studio, I really have a knack for bringing a song alive on tape. I also work as an actor, so to me a song is a monologue, it has an expression and purpose.

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I have been doing this over 15 years! And I love it. It never gets old for me.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: A microphone and a big amplifier and an electric guitar and a loop pedal and a notebook/pen. And yes, a notebook/pen is a piece gear and a very important piece of gear! Writing lyrics and just writing any stream of consciousness is important in any creative process.

  21. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  22. A: That any good singer can record a song for you. Live singing and studio singing are very different!

  23. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  24. A: That I get to bring your song to life! :-)

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Have everything prepared and know what you want. Make sure you have a scratch vocal of the lead and a track that is well quantized so I can sing to it. Also, know your BPM and make sure you tell me that info too. Dig through references and tell me what you envision.

  27. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  28. A: Yes! I have some friends on SoundBetter! If I'm not suitable for the job,I can willingly recommend someone who is.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Performing the song as I said, but I'm also very good with arranging harmonies. I do it most often in a spontaneous way, going with my gut and how I feel.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I work on all types of pop and rock songs. I sing a lot of jingles too.

  33. Q: How would you describe your style?

  34. A: I would say it's always emotion driven no matter what genre I'm working on. I like to feel my way through any song I'm singing. A song is a monologue and all singers should learn the craft of acting because the song must be felt and lived through the whole way.

  35. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  36. A: LISTEN. Understand the project you are working on before you record a thing. That's the strongest thing that can be done for any music production.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: You can hear acapella samples from my set up right here: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/acapella-examples/s-15TBM

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: I listen first to any references you send. This is key! Listening is important, to understand the vibe you want, your direction and what you are looking for. I always do this before recording any project. I like to know about what you want to achieve, what the feeling of the song is. I look at the lyrics and their meaning. I take all this into account before recording anything.

  41. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  42. A: I recently did a topline for a song for a producer in London. I was really proud of how it turned out because we gave each other space and freedom to do what we feel and the result was fresh and creative. That's how music should be.

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