Known for her passionate and lush vocals, Chloe Charles continues to evolve as a singer, exploring new territory as she finds inspiration in hip-hop and electro rhythms while expanding upon her desire for authenticity and a direct connection with listeners. Bridging the gap between these new influences and her characteristic sound is Chloe’s distinctive songwriting style and her unmistakable voice.
Chloe’s debut album Break The Balance wowed international critics while leaving them grasping to locate her in a single genre. Her mesmerizing sound was lauded by Billboard magazine (which called her one of ‘Five Canadian Acts to Watch’) and Rolling Stone Germany which praised her “pop songs with an introverted beauty of surprising clarity.” Chloe received a 4 star rating from the UK’s Mojo and a full page spread in London’s The Times (‘The Next Big Thing In Jazz’), and Canadian national daily The Globe and Mail declared that she is “Toronto’s next big singer-songwriter.”
Her sophomore album With Blindfolds On received accolades for its opening track ‘Black & White’ before the full LP’s official release, winning the 2014 Grand Prize (Session II) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Lennon Award for Pop. Soon after she was awarded the Victor Martin Lynch-Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, which recognized her outstanding achievement in music.
Residing in Berlin and Toronto and working with bands hailing from Milan, Leipzig, Amsterdam and Toronto, Chloe’s work is decidedly international. She self-produced With Blindfolds On between Toronto, Berlin and New York, where she worked with the likes of Chris Sholar (A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder) and Philippe Dusse (Max Herre, Till Bronner, Aparat). Her current project sees her working yet again with collaborators in Toronto, Milan and Berlin.
Chloe has played the North Sea Jazz Festival, WOMAD, the British Commonwealth Games, Hillside, and the London Jazz Festival; opened for Rodriguez at London’s Apollo Theatre and Birmingham Symphony Hall, and for Anna Calvi at Amsterdam’s Paradiso; graced the stage on France’s most respected music television program, Taratata; and performed across all of Canada’s most respected television outlets, as well as being featured in Noisey/Vice. She won the 2014 Sirius XM Indie Award for Soul/R&B and the 2012 Harbourfront Soundclash Award, charted #9 on France’s iTunes Rock Chart, #1 on Amazon Germany’s Folk Chart and #9 on their Rock Chart, and was in the Top 20 on Canada’s CBC Radio 2 chart for 5 consecutive weeks.
Though embarking in new directions Chloe of course remains rooted in the wonderfully eclectic tapestry of her life; she continues to challenge herself and by extension her listeners to limit dependence on the material ‘what is’ and to experience things more intuitively.