Her mother was a single parent, and by the age of seven, Charice was entering singing competitions. Her first break came in 2005 when she was the runner-up on a Philippine show similar to American Idol. An appearance on Oprah brought her to the attention of American audiences.
Charice has come a long way, and with her self-titled debut album, she certainly lives up to Oprah-sized expectations. The album showcases her vocal talent and her range as an artist. Although all the songs are very upbeat with a pop feel, they avoid being predictable.
The opening track, Pyramid featuring Iyaz, highlights her superb vocals. Iyaz, however, more than holds his own. There is great chemistry between the two and their voices blend nicely.
But her true vocal potential - many have mentioned her in the same breath as Celine Dion and Whitney Houston - can be heard in Note to God. Her sultry voice holds the long notes without a quiver.
Chanice provides a refreshing alternative to teen pop music. Unlike many so-called artists these days, she can actually sing. Charice comes as advertised: she has a voice that belies her tender years and slender frame.
YP rating: 4/5