Artists - Adult Contemporary

Charlene Soria

From the age of five - when she found her father’s broken guitar behind the sofa and began to teach herself to play - music has been refuge for Charlene Soraia, whether listening to her father play or discovering the music of another time, from the Beatles and Bowie to West Coast psych-rock. By the age of eight she was attending local up-to-the-mic sessions in Beckenham, either singing and playing or scrutinising fellow players chord progressions with notebook in hand. Despite not having Music GCSE (to this day she can’t read music) she won a place at the prestigious Brit School, where she was a contemporary of Adele and Katy B. While these were formative years, you get the feeling that much of her education was outside the classroom. Summers were - and still are – spent at Glastonbury taking in the music and playing but mostly hanging out in the Healing Fields. Charlene’s free ranging spirit - always dusted with a touch of the cosmic - can be heard in her eclectic style which adheres to no genre. In 2011 Charlene signed to UK indie label Peacefrog and recorded Moonchild, a diverse collection of songs that revealed an idiosyncratic songwriting and performing talent. During the making of her debut album she was offered a small fee to record a cover of The Calling’s Wherever You Will Go for a TV advert. The song shot to No.3 in the charts and - with over 60 million Spotify hits and counting - continues to capture hearts around the world. Where’s My Tribe sees Charlene return to her roots - playing guitar and singing self-penned songs. Unadorned, unmediated, alone. Straight from the heart.