In the words of Ms. Charlene Kaye
“This past year I shot a couple of big-budget music videos, opened for Big Boi and Minus the Bear, went to the Grammys to promote my single “Dress and Tie” with Darren Criss, played CMJ and SXSW festivals, had my music on MTVU and licensed by NBC’s Chuck, toured the country and made thousands of new fans, all without a label. But alas, records are expensive, and booking studio time, paying musicians, mixing/mastering, packaging, and promotion – still requires impossible amounts of money for people in my position.”
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Charlene Kaye possesses a mesmerizing, one-of-a-kind voice that seamlessly marries throwback soul,
orchestral chamber pop and dazzling rock and roll into a sound unmistakably her own.
Check out the old-timey, glamorous and riotous video for “Mad Tom of Bedlam”
Darren Criss & Charlene Kaye have written and recorded together before –
check out more of their clever vocal interplay and sweetly sunny songwriting
Press Praise for Charlene Kaye
Check out this jazzy, swinging, rocking group for yourself, fronted by the effervescent, golden-throated multi-instrumentalist Kaye.
Awaiting the Flood
A charming and talented emerging NYC chanteuse that mixes jazz, folk and rock. This lady, together with her band The Brilliant Eyes, has been working hard over the past few years and is finally getting noticed by a growing local audience. An artist on the rise.
It’s not every artist who can extend their repertoire from centuries-old folk tunes to a Justin Bieber cover…But New York-based Charlene Kaye has no problem making that leap. It’s all about dynamics here, as Kaye and Co. start off smooth and slinky, building to an explosive climax of abandon and musical madness.”
NYC-based Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes jazz it up on their debut EP, taking roots-folkie Jolie Holland’s version as their backbone; the result is something that’s a little bit rockabilly and a little bit Western swing. A music video partially set in Coney Island helps amp up the retro vibe.
NBC New York
The album’s best described as a balancing act of sound. The songs don’t allow the listener to rest too long in either the saucy or wistful, the warm or the cold… And it’s just that kind of rhythm of change that keeps the savvy listener suspended, waiting, excited.
Take the heady, theatric dressing-ups of Rufus Wainwright’s baroque-pop, the sly, swing-able, indie-jazz of Feist with Kaye’s own earnest folk-punch and you find her blend of classical poignancy with pop’s whimsy…mystic, absurd, and elastic.
Kaye’s electrifying voice and her band’s folk-tinged indie-pop = an eclectic night, torch-songs and unfettered rock alike.
Kaye’s strong vocals rise and soar, wispy at the edges, but burning sun-fire at their thickest exertion…[Things… is] a blending of perfect balance, showing strength in arrangement and ambiance.
Who is Charlene Kaye?
Close your eyes and listen. You’ll hear throwback soul, orchestral chamber pop, and dazzling rock and roll, all tied together with the striking, one of a kind voice that belongs to Charlene Kaye. Equally inspired by folk greats such as Nina Simone and Karen Carpenter as well as current eclectic luminaries such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Belle and Sebastian, and Andrew Bird, her music is a mishmash of generations and genres, classic with a contemporary edge, fitting with the times yet unmistakably timeless. With her talented five-piece band behind her, Charlene delivers the force of her powerful and alluring vocals, delivering gentle folk against growling rock, soaring strings above driving hooks and rhythms, with her distinct charm and magnetic stage presence tying it all together. Hailed as “an indie spirit headed for greatness” (the Michigan Daily), she continues to conquer audience after audience in her hometown of New York and beyond, picking up steam even before she leaves the ground. Hang tight – it’s going to be a wonderful ride.