Charice Pempengco is a young Filipina singer, internet sensation, and a global star in making. The starlet released her first English album in May 2010 with the backing of legendary Canadian music producer David Foster.
Full name: Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco
DOB: May 10, 1992
Birth place: San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
Charice Pempengco, or simply Charice, started singing at the age of four. She took part in ~80 competitions since age seven before making her breakthrough in 2005 (she was 13) when she finished third on Little Big Star, an Idol like talent show in the Philippines.
Charice’s performances were uploaded online by her avid fan in 2007 and received millions of hits, which led to her appearance on Korean variety show Star King where she wowed the audiences with her powerful performances.
Again, her videos were uploaded online by fans and gone viral, making her a global internet sensation, which soon attracted attention in America and led to her appearances on Ellen and Oprah.
Oprah in particular was mesmerised by Charice’s voice and pledged to support her singing career. Then came in legendary music producer David Foster, who signed Charice and vowed to mentor her to become an international superstar.
Charice’s international fame continued to boom with her guest-performances alongside big names like Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli etc. She’s also involved in Foster’s tribute album Hit Man: David Foster & Friends.
Back in the Philippines, Charice released her debut self-titled solo album in May 2008 with great success. Her subsequent album My Inspiration was released a year later and was a hit as well. She held her first solo concert in June 2009.
Charice released her first American single Note to God in May 2009 on her third appearance on Oprah’s show; the song debuted at #44 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Charice also made her Hollywood debut in December 2009 with a minor role in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
Charice released her second US single Pyramid (ft. Iyaz) in February 2010. She released her first full English album, Charice, in May. which made it to the #8 spot on US Billboard Top 200 albums chart on its debut week. She also starred in the second season of American musical drama Glee a few months later.