Sep 21, 2010

Charice- The Little Girl with a Big Voice

The power of one: An avid fan helped Charice get her big break. David Duenas posted early performances on YouTube under the username FalseVoice, and suddenly she found new fans. (She's nearing 100 million views now.) Among them: Ellen DeGeneres, who invited the teen to perform on her talk show in 2007. Charice boarded a plane to Hollywood, and she has been flying high ever since.

'Glee'-ful time: Charice steps back into the spotlight when she goes toe-to-toe with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) on Tuesday's premiere of Fox's hit Glee (8 p.m. ET/PT). In a recurring role, she'll play a foreign exchange student who challenges Berry's vocal supremacy.

Deserved success: David Foster (who's worked with Josh Groban and Michael Bublé) and Jaymes Foster (Clay Aiken) executive-produced her self-titled debut album, released in May. It went to No. 8 on Billboard's album chart, selling 43,000 copies its first week. Oh, and Oprah loves her: She's been on Winfrey's show five times.

One scary night: Charice grew up very quickly. When she was 3, "my father came home and started screaming at my mother," she says. "And then he held a gun to her head. Our neighbors broke in and helped us get out. ... That was the last I ever saw of him."

Family means everything: "My mom would do anything for me and my brother (Carl, 15). And she has," Charice says. "So on Mother's Day last year, I bought her dream house and a car. It was the best thing ever to see her cry tears of joy."

The road ahead: Charice faces an unusual challenge for a teen. While singing the songs of divas like Whitney Houston and Jennifer Holliday has earned her plenty of grown-up fans, Charice hopes to attract a younger crowd. "All my songs are about love, because I think that's something that everyone experiences."

Future aspirations: She has a backup plan if her career does not work out. A freshman at online Southern New Hampshire University, she'd like to be an entertainment lawyer. But whether she makes it in America or not, she's confident that her Filipino fans will support her. "I really miss home," she says, "hanging out with my friends and eating adobo and sinigang." source: USA Today


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