Charlene Kaye spent much of this year crossing the nation with the Team StarKid Apocalyptour, playing a full-band opening set and then joining the StarKid band on guitar supporting her iTunes Pop Charting LP Animal Love. Of those shows, VH1 praised that "she held a tight grip on the crowd. Her set ended with “Animal Love I,” an electrifying anthem (and the best song of the entire evening) that seemed fitting for a theater of people who had been told to expect end of the world."
For a preview of what to expect from Charlene Kaye's Animal Love LP and live show, check out the dance-tastic video for "Animal Love I," the live footage video for "Hummingbird Heart" and the darkly explosive video for "Forever Is A Long Time" - of which VH1 again praised, "Kaye's music is at once classic and contemporary, a mix of glam rock and classical music in just the right measures. In her new video for 'Forever Is A Long Time,' she takes a darker turn."
More music, tour dates and info below!
Charlene Kaye Tour Dates
Dec 7 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN
Dec 8 - Mercury Lounge - NY, NY
Dec 11 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
Dec 13 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
After an overwhelming outpouring of support from fans via Kickstarter, Animal Love was recorded in Brooklyn with Charlene Kaye's band mate and producer Tomek Miernowski [The Pierces]. Grab LP tracks "Animal Love I," and "Hummingbird Heart" and for more of what to expect from Animal Love, check out live performances of album tracks "Animal Love I,""Animal Love II," and "Hummingbird Heart."
It's been all systems go for Charlene Kaye since releasing her sophomore album Animal Love, which reached #15 on the iTunes pop charts upon its release this May. In addition to touring relentlessly and playing CMJ and SXSW festivals, the ambitious musician/performer has earned enthusiastic reviews for her commanding voice, deft guitar playing and electrifying live shows. She has over a million views on her YouTube channel and has shared a bill with the likes of Big Boi, Minus the Bear and Holly Miranda. This past November and again in May, she went on two national tours supporting musical theater/internet sensation Team StarKid, gaining her thousands of new fans. Her single "Dress and Tie" featuring good friend Darren Criss of Glee was featured in a promo for NBC's Chuck, had extensive play on radio stations nationwide, and was selected as official boarding music for Delta Airlines.
With a sound that fuses the grandiose pomp of Queen, the grittiness of Joan Jett, and the sentimentality of Rufus Wainwright, Charlene Kaye is a force whose music is at once classic and contemporary, of the times yet unmistakably timeless. With a rapidly growing fan base and more touring on the horizon, Kaye shows no signs of slowing down, picking up steam even before she leaves the ground.
"I just want a little bit of your ecstasy," sings Charlene Kaye on the opening track of her second full-length album, Animal Love. Such electric, exultant energy courses through the 10-song disc, out now.
Born in Hawaii and raised in Hong Kong, Singapore and Arizona, Charlene's love of music started with classical piano training at age five. At 13, she began teaching herself punk songs on her mom's nylon guitar and was further influenced by her sister's love of classic rock bands such as Queen and Led Zeppelin. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in English, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. Things have been nonstop for the ambitious songwriter-performer ever since.