Thursday, December 14

50 Interesting Things About Charice Pempengco: A Little Big Star

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Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, more popularly known asCharice Pempengco, was born on May 10, 1993 in Laguna, Philippines.

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1.      In 2005, this Filipina singer initially became popular when she won 3rd place in a singing contest in a local TV station known as“Little Big Star” which is loosely patterned after the “American Idol”.

2.      She rose to popularity through her uploaded videos on YouTube and dubbed by Oprah Einfrey as the “Most Talented Girl in the World”.

3.      Charice Pempengco is the first solo Asian artist in history to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart. Her self-titled international debut album with Reprise Records was released on May 11, 2010.

4.      From singing to acting, Charice has appeared on the popular TV series Glee where she plays a recurring character named Sunshine Corazon.

5.      At age seven, Charice started joining amateur singing contests on town fiestas and on TV to help support the family.

6.      In 2007, she gained worldwide recognition after an avid supporter started posting a series of her performance videos on YouTube and received millions of hits that made her a “YouTube singing sensation”.

7.      In 2007, Ten Songs/Productions of Sweden invited Charice to a demo-recording after producers saw her Little Big Star videos. She recorded seven songs – six covers and an original song entitled “Amazing”.

8.      Still, in 2007, Charice was invited to the Star King talent show in South Korea and sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and a duet with Kyuhyun.

9.      When Ellen DeGeneres watched Charice performed in the Star King performance on YouTube, she extended an on-air invitation to Charice to guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Charice went to the US and performed two songs on the December 19, 2007 episode of the show – “I Will Always Love You” and “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”.

10.  Charice made a second appearance on Star King as the “Most Requested Foreign Act” of the show. On its December 28 edition, she performed Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and sang a duet with singer Lena Park.

11.  Charice was invited to perform for the Philippine President at the Malacañang Palace in January 2008.

12.  In 2008, Charice also performed on the April 8 episode of The Paul O’Grady Show in London, England.

13.  Her self-titled Philippine debut album Charice was released in May 2008 and achieved platinum status in 2009.

14.  She appeared on the May 12 edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show in an episode entitled the “World’s Smartest Kids”, where she performed Whitney Huoston’s I Have Nothing.

15.  After the show, Oprah Winfrey contacted David Foster to see what the legendary music producer could do for Charice Pempengco. She performed with Foster for the first time as one of the entertainers on the May 17 opening of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.

16.  She made her debut on the international concert stage in Foster’s May 23 tribute concert, Hitman: David Foster and Friends, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. She performed a medley of songs from The Bodyguard as well as her standard, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”.

17.  A CD/DVD of the concert, including Pempengco’s The Bodyguard medley, was released on November 11, 2008. The show was aired several times on PBS and other public television networks starting in December 2008 under the Great Performances banner.

18.  One of the singers at the concert was Pempengco’s idol, Andrea Bocelli. Bocelli subsequently expressed interest in performing a duet with her and personally invited her to be a guest on his birthday concert “The Cinema Tribute” held on July 20 at the Teatro del Silenzio in his hometown of Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy.

19.  Aside from her solo performance, she sang a duet of “The Prayer” with the famous tenor in front of more than 8,000 people.

20.  She was invited to perform for the Feyenoord’s Centennial Anniversary in the Netherlands held on September 26. Before a crowd of about 50,000 football (soccer) fans, she sang the team’s anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

21.  When she guested on the “Dreams Come True” episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 9, Oprah referred to her as “The Most Talented Girl in the World.” She sang Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” with David Foster on piano, after which Oprah surprised her with an appearance by Celine Dion via satellite, who invited her to sing a special duet at New York City’s Madison Square Garden as part of Dion’s Taking Chances Tour.

22.  She performed her promised duet with Celine Dion on September 15. They sang “Because You Loved Me,” dedicated to Pempengco’s mother. The performance received rave reviews in The New York Post and The New York Times. The duet was eventually featured on the September 19 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

23.  She would then perform at the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children Benefit Concert at the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort.

24.  In November, she and David Foster guessed on Good Morning America to promote Foster’s tribute album, Hitman: David Foster and Friends. She performed The Bodyguard medley and “I Will Survive.”

25.  In January 2009, Pempengco performed at two US presidential pre-inaugural events in Washington, D.C., namely the Martin Luther King Jr “Realizing The Dream” gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and at the “Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala” at the Mandarin Hotel.

26.  In February, she performed at two post-Oscar award events: Oscar Night at Mr. Chow’s and Oprah’s Oscar After Party held in Kodak Theatre.

27.  She debuted a new original song entitled “Fingerprint” composed by Robbie Nevil and produced by David Foster.

28.  In April, she appeared in the season premiere of Ti lascio una canzone, an Italian musical variety show televised from Teatro Ariston in the city of Sanremo. She performed “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing”, “The Prayer”, and “Listen”.

29.  Later that same month, she would go on to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of 57,000 baseball fans during the Los Angeles Dodgers 52nd season home opener at Dodger Stadium.

30.  In May, she released her Philippine second album entitled My Inspiration. The album consisted of 12 tracks, including “Always You” and a cover of Helen Reddy’s “You Made Me Live Again” performed as a duet with her mother. The album was certified gold in the Philippines within two months after release, and then platinum in December 2009.

31.  Also in May, she would again perform at a David Foster and Friends concert held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

32.  On the May 18 episode “Finale: Oprah’s Search for the World’s Most Talented Kids” of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she debuted her first internationally released single “Note to God”, written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster. The single was made available for digital download on the same day and debuted at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, #44 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, #9 on the Hot Canadian Digital Singles chart and #35 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart.

33.  Later that same month, she was again invited to sing at the Ti lascio una canzone show as a special guest.

34.  She staged her first major concert called: Charice: The Journey Begins on June 27 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Philippines to a sold-out crowd. Her guests included Christian Bautista, Kuh Ledesma and Little Big Star finalists.

35.  Pempengco contributed to two Christmas albums in 2009. The first as David Archuleta’s duet partner for the song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” in his Christmas album entitled Christmas from the Heart. The second is a compilation Christmas album entitled A Very Special Christmas Volume 7 in which she contributed her own rendition of “The Christmas Song”.

36.  She was one of the headlining acts in the David Foster and Friends 10-City North American Tour that ran during the fall of 2009.

37.  She made a cameo appearance in her first feature film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squakequel, released in North America on December 23.

38.  She is also part of the official movie soundtrack with her rendition of “No One” by Alicia Keys accompanied by The Chipettes.

39.  Later in the month, she appeared on Singapore Idol’s grand finale episode as a guest performer, where she performed two of her signature songs, The Bodyguard medley and “Note to God”

40.  On January 23, 2010, she appeared on Io Canto, a renowned singing competition in Italy. She performed her standards plus an Italian favorite called “Adagio” made popular by Lara Fabian.

41.  On January 31, she was featured as one of the musical acts on the NBC Sports program Silk Soy MilkSkate for the Heart, a show designed to raise awareness of heart disease.

42.  Charice’s Pyramid Remixes EP debuted at #46 on the Billboard Dance/Club play songs charts and quickly soared to #1 spot.

43.  On May 11, 2010, she again made a guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show along with another YouTube-discovered singer Justin Bieber.

44.  During the inauguration of Benigno Aquino III, the 15th Philippine President, on June 30, 2010, Charice sang the Philippine national anthem in front of a crowd estimated of more than half a million.

45.  In July, Charice embarked on her first Asian tour covering Thailand, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea, where she appeared on the show Star King for the third time.

46.  Believe it or not, prior to her American performances, Charice never received any formal vocal training apart from informal voice lessons from her mother.

47.  In an ABC News interview, David Foster mentioned that Charice has the ability to mimic other people’s voices, which, according to him, is a characteristic of good singers.

48.  Also in an interview, Josh Groban stated that Charice’s voice is one of the most beautiful voices he has heard in a long time.

49.  The New York Post once called her a vocal prodigy for being able to sing ‘big songs’ even in her tender age.

50.  Ryan Murphy, the executive music producer of the hit US television series Glee, has described Charice voice by stating that “when that girl opens her mouth, angels fly out.

See also

10 Famous Asians Who Made It Big in the West

Amazingly Interesting and Random Facts About Music and Entertainment

The Best Films of All-Time

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