“All of my songs, as boring as it sounds, have been love songs. I think all the emotions around the act of falling in (or out) of love, are very strong ones that give me the impetus to produce a piece. I often collaborate with other musicians for more input, especially instrumental and theory-wise. I learn a lot through such collaborations.”
Charlene Torres Tan – Moving on from Singapore Idol
On her musical journey
Before her Singapore Idol days, Charlene had started gigging with an agent, performing at high-end hotel lounge gigs at places like Pan-Pacific and Tower Club Singapore. A few months after Singapore Idol, she started singing at birthday parties for a token sum and that was how the passion for performance started.
“I was pretty set on getting a gig, so I would snoop into pubs to check if they have a stage.” She said.
“I’d ask if they were looking for a musician and if I could audition to play there.”
Lucky for her, she bagged her first auditions at several places and her first few residences with a guitarist. She started to play at more popular places such as Acid Bar, Wala-Wala and Cm-Pb @ Dempsey.
Rehearsal Room Series
“That got us our opportunity at the Esplanade! We decided to call it The Rehearsal Room series based on how it started,” Charlene explained.
She added that she would be emceeing and opening for child prodigy Sungha Jung on 25 May.
“Get your tickets!”
by Melissa Fu