Charice Pempengco raises bar for all female singers with incredible vocal range

September 5, 2009 by · 53 Comments 

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September 5, 2009: Fixed broken links for embedded YouTube clips.
March 17, 2009: Added video and comments for Through The Rain and My Heart Will Go On.
February 25, 2009: Added some information regarding Charice’s vocal range.
February 1, 2009: Original post date.

Sometimes in life, I witness someone so talented and driven that it inspires me to work harder on my own craft. Charice Pempengco is the most recent example of this.

I recently stumbled upon videos of a fantastic young singer from the Philippines named Charice Pempengco on YouTube. It seems as though I’m a little behind the times, as Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey discovered Charice Pempengco a few months back, and Charice has since gone on to widespread fame after appearing on Oprah three times now.

I am a huge fan of talented vocalists; I won’t listen to any musicians or bands whose vocals aren’t at least up to par (which is why I can’t stand punk music and a lot of pop rock). I’ve recently taken my obsession to YouTube, as it’s the perfect venue to compare vocalists in live performances. In fact, there are many videos that splice separate performances of the same song by different artists together, which makes my life easier when I’m trying to compare different vocalists.

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Charice Pempengco's incredible journey from poverty to international stardom

September 5, 2009 by · 22 Comments 

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September 5, 2009: Fixed YouTube embeds and links.
April 23, 2009: Added props to COOLSMURF for posting the Star King performance on YouTube. (Thanks to Concernedfan for leaving the correction in a comment.)

I”m still relatively new to the whole Charice Pempengco phenomenon. I”ve been following Charice”s best live performances and listening for any news about her upcoming 2009 studio album produced by David Foster. Since there”s a little lull in Charice news, I figured it would be a good time for me to find out about her past. I haven”t had the pleasure of seeing Charice”s Oprah debut that went through her entire history, so hopefully I can patch together information from the internet.

Charice was born on May 10, 1992, in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines. According to various television interviews, Charice and her brother Carl were raised solely by their mother, Raquel. Charice”s father has been out of her life since Raquel left him and took the kids when Charice was still only three years old to escape a domestically violent situation. Charice has been singing since she was four years old and was taught to sing by her mother. Charice began entering singing contests when she was seven to help bring in money to support her struggling family.

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Charice Pempengco’s voice sparkles in Fingerprint, preview single off new album

March 17, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Courtesy of Charice Pempengco super fan and insider FalseVoice, below is a preview of Fingerprint, a great song from Charice’s upcoming album currently being recorded with producer David Foster.

Preview of Charice’s Fingerprint

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-QYVsyQi_Y&feature=channel_page

It’s great to hear how well Charice Pempengco’s voice translates in a studio environment. She’s undoubtedly the best live singer I have ever heard in my entire life, so I didn’t really have much doubt that her voice would work well in a studio. The big question would be about artistic direction. This song gives a hint toward that, but I’d like to hear more before I make my verdict.
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