Hometown: Subic, Zambales, Philippines
Web site: http://www.CharmaineClamor.com
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Charmaine Clamor is America's leading Filipina jazz and world vocalist, achieving the rare feat of making the Top-5 on both JazzWeek's World (#2 ranking) and Traditional Jazz (#4) radio charts simultaneously.
Her debut album, "Searching for the Soul" (2005), "announced the arrival of an impressive new vocal artist. When Charmaine Clamor's warm, luscious contralto slips into a seductive rhythm or purrs through tender lyrics, there’s no doubt that a first-rate jazz talent is present" (Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times). Critics and disc jockeys have compared her "bedroom eyes voice" (All About Jazz) to legendary singers like Sarah Vaughan and Cassandra Wilson, while recognizing her "amazingly individual instrument, which can be whisper-soft, grippingly forceful, earthy, romantic, and soulful" (Jazz News).
Charmaine's critically acclaimed second album, "Flippin' Out" (2007), synthesized the soul and swing of American jazz with traditional Filipino folk music, languages and instruments, instantly creating a new hybrid genre she calls jazzipino. Her artistry was featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition," which described Charmaine as "the perfect bridge of two cultures, destined for international stardom."
Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Charmaine Clamor began her singing career at age 3, entertaining passengers (whether they liked it or not!) in the back of buses traveling to Manila. As a child, she provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English classics. These memories inspired her love of the Great American Songbook.
Lauded by All About Jazz as "one of the finest singers to come around in a long time," Charmaine is a founding member of JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization that promotes jazz artists of Filipino descent in the United States. Charmaine has been credited with introducing Filipino culture to mainstream audiences, delighting music lovers with her "very honest stage presence and vocal artistry that feels like an utterly mesmerizing spiritual experience" (LA WEEKLY).
Thanks to her musical and cultural trailblazing, in 2007 Charmaine was honored by The Filipino Women's Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the United States.
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