Ms. Charli' is a native of Rayne, LA and current resident of Lafayette, LA. She began singing in the children's youth choir then progressed to performing in talent shows and pageants as a student at Grambling State University. Upon graduation, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a career in business management and began some amateur singing as a background vocalist for a cover band. Shortly after, a job opportunity brought her back to Louisiana and a relative asked her to sing as lead female vocalists in a popular cover band. As word spread about the "Creole Diva" with the "fire" voice, she was called on to do background vocals on recordings for various southern soul and rap artists. We first saw her as a solo artist with the release of her debut single "Can We Talk About It", which earned her the title of "Best New Female Vocalist" by the highly regarded southern soul magazine, The Boogie Report. In 2014, she was inspired to try her hand at songwriting and later co-produced "Giddy Up", a song about the popular trail ride culture of Southwest Louisiana, which quickly became a Southern Soul hit and one of the region's hottest trail ride anthems. Keeping with her Southwest Louisiana roots and the Creole culture, she re-mixed "Giddy Up Zydeco" (featuring JJ Caillier on accordion ) and also appeared on the #1 Zydeco hit "Ride It Like a Cowboy"(along with Kenne' Wayne & Leon Chavis) which has made her a female favorite among both zydeco and southern soul fans alike.
Her current CD "Creole Diva of Southern Soul" ( an exquisite collection of southern soul / swing out, peppered with a touch of zydeco) contains several singles which have appeared on the Southern Soul Top 20. Ms. Charli' s growing reputation as a Class Act has placed her on tickets with a caliber of artists such as soul legend Betty Wright , the SOS Band, funk legends Lakeside , rap superstar Mystikal and southern soul headliners such as Mel Waiters. She is the first and only female entertainer to be among the headlining acts on the largest trail ride in the USA, the LA Super Ride Step -N- Strut to an audience of 20,000+. Appearing on rodeos, festivals and concerts on the southern soul circuit, she delivers on a live show with versatility, sass, sex appeal and a clear tantalizing voice of soulful grit, the Creole Diva retains the attention of young and mature audiences alike by taking them on a musical high of "feel good" music. This was made evident when fans voted and she was recently awarded the ZBT (Zydeco, Blues & Trailride) Award for Best Female Soul / Blues at Houston's NRG Center. A diamond in the rough, who is slowly but surely emerging, Ms. Charli' states if she can make fans feels the liberation and freedom of music, she's accomplished her goal , in that musical moment !
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SOUTHERN SOUL TOP 20
Ms. Charli's "Just Fell N Love" now appears on the official Southern Soul Top 20 ! Available for digital download from the STORE tab on this site; also on I-tunes, Amazon, Spotify, Rhapsody, X-Box Music, or directly to your smartphone or tablet from Google Play.