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
"Sound-a-likes", me sounding like famous pop singers: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/soundalike-songs/s-GHwip
Kid's music: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/kids-
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" ✨
Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.
57 Reviews - 13 Repeat ClientsEndorse Charlene
She brought the butter ... Great job!
I will work with Charlene in the future.
Charlene is a talented melodist and extremely intuitive about the desire mood driving a song or a piece of music.
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.
Charlene is creative, understood the emotions i was trying to convey and the market I would like to reach.
Charlene did an amazing job with my track, she is such a talented vocalist with a unique sound, always a pleasure working with her.
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!
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.
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.
Charlene has done it again ! Spot on awesome vocals. Thank you so much !!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Charlene did a great job with my track. Always a pleasure working with her, thank you!
Fabulous voice, totally professional and a great interpreter of a song and lyric! Super fast turnaround too, None better,
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.
Pleasure working with Charlene! Good communication and great voice.
Excellent work, highly recommended!
Charlene did a fantastic job and communication was very uncomplicated! Highly recommended :)
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!
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.
Worked with Charlene several times, her vocals work perfectly with my demos. Plus she's reliable, works quickly, and overall a professional.
Awesome experience with charlene!
So fast, very professional and efficient I like!
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!
Charlene's voice is just stunning. She did some amazing harmonies for my track and nailed them. Thanks again :)
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!!
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.
Always the best!!!
She's on time and very responsible.
Nothing to say...
Always she helps and try her best.
Great person to work with as well as a singer.
Always the best!!
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!
Charlene is always best!!!
Her response is so fast, I want to work with her again~~
She is a great singer and the communication was real smooth.
Very happy to work with.
She's the best!!!! Two thumb's up~~~
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:-)
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
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
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
It was great working with Charlene. She has a great voice and is very responsive and helpful :) Would definitely recommend her!
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.
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.
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
Charlene is an amazing singer, very professional and easy to work with. I would absolutely recommend her.
Great vocal abilities and excellent and timely communication. A pleasure to work with.
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!
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.
Charlene was great to work with. She is highly precise, detailed, professional and talented. It was a pleasure working with her.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: You can hear acapella samples from my set up right here: https://soundcloud.com/really-good-vocals/sets/acapella-examples/s-15TBM
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! I have some friends on SoundBetter! If I'm not suitable for the job,I can willingly recommend someone who is.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to bring your song to life! :-)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That any good singer can record a song for you. Live singing and studio singing are very different!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all types of pop and rock songs. I sing a lot of jingles too.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on my own album at the moment. :-)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will like the results very much.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this 15 years! And I love it. It never gets old for me.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I work with many big production houses in NYC, LA, London and all over the world.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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. :-)