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The refreshing and soul-quenching sounds of Charlene Soraia, @CharleneSoraia

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Charlene Soraia has brought me many unexpected and pleasant moments of inner peace, over the past few weeks. Her refreshing and soul-quenching rendition of The Calling‘s ‘Wherever You Will Go’ is the accompanying track to the new Twinings Tea advertisement in the UK and anyone who knows me, knows that I love two things: tea and listening to music whilst drinking tea; combine the two and my inner cylinder head gasket is quite likely to explode.


Soraia is a 22-year old singer-songwriter and BRIT School graduate, hailing from South East London. She is signed to Indie label, Peacefrog Records and cites her influences as ’60s Psychedelia, Jazz and Prog-Rock, influences which can clearly be heard on her debut album ‘Moonchild.’ Such has been the furore caused by Soraia’s rising star, the release of  ‘Moonchild’ has been brought forward to November 21st, 2011. She will also be embarking on her first headline tour of the UK next February, 2012.


I find two tracks particularly striking on the album: ‘Lightyears’ and ‘When We Were Five.’ Both highlight Soraia’s exceptional vocal range and pitch, whilst also drawing the listener in to her lyrical dreams of what could be and what should have been. The introductory and closing segments to ‘When We Were Five’ are nothing short of breathtaking and it is here that we can see that little something extra that Soraia has to offer, which, to date, has elluded most of her commercially successful BRIT School peers; they’re just not as vocally diverse as she.


I predict big, bright and beautiful things for Charlene Soraia in 2012 and beyond and I state that, as I drink a cup of Twining’s finest.

‘Moonchild’ includes: When We Were Five /  Daffodils / Lightyears / Rowing / Meadow Child / ‘Twas Lovely / Bipolar / Postcards from iO / Bike / Midsummer Moon in June /Wishing (You) Well / Almost Stole A Book / Wherever You Will Go.


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

November 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

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  1. She’s in an article of the Guardian today. I also love her album (and tea) 🙂


    December 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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