Charmaine Clamor

Charmaine Clamor

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She boasts a singular contralto that combines classic Great American Songbook jazz with torch song drama and soulful R&B inflections. With her warm, sexy vocals and vibrant stage presence developed from her work with the renowned harmony ensemble Crescendo, she is a talent to watch. And hear!

Biography

Charmaine Clamor is the first Filipina jazz singer to find success on mainstream American radio. Her album, "Searching for the Soul," has been heard on more than 100 stations around America, and peaked at #1 on the CMJ jazz charts in several markets. Critics and disc jockeys have compared Charmaine's sultry alto voice to legendary vocalists like Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Cassandra Wilson, all the while recognizing her individual style and sound.

A longtime member of the renowned vocal harmony ensemble CRESCENDO, Charmaine is also the first Pinay to headline the world-famous Catalina Bar & Grill jazz club, in Hollywood, which presented Charmaine at their sold-out 2005 Filipino-American Jazz festival. In 2006, she headlined the Manila International Jazz Festival in her birth country, the Philippines.

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 she grew, she began providing piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English language classics. From these early memories comes her love of the Great American Songbook.

One of the founding members of JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization which promotes Filipino-American jazz artists in the United States, Charmaine is an American citizen and proud Pinay who is honored to perform at concerts that celebrate the Filipino culture.

Discography

2003 CRESCENDO (Devon Records)
2005 Searching For The Soul (Freeham Records)

Set List

Sets may run from 15 minutes to one hour, comprised of jazz standards with original arrangements composed of ballads, mid to uptempo swinging tunes, bossanovas, original songs and beautiful "Kundiman" or Filipino love songs with world appeal