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Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco (born May 10, 1992), best known as Charice Pempengco, or simply Charice (a portmanteau of her first two names), is a Filipinamarker singer who rose to popularity through YouTube.

Early life

Pempengco was born in San Pedromarker, Lagunamarker, Philippinesmarker. She and her younger brother, Carl, were raised solely by their mother, Raquel, after they left their father due to domestic violence when Pempengco was three years old.

To help support the family, she began competing in amateur singing contests at age seven, from town fiestas in their province of Laguna to several vocal competitions on TV. She is said to have joined over 80 singing contests.

In 2005, Pempengco joined ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation's Little Big Star, a talent show in the Philippines loosely patterned after American Idol. Eliminated after her first performance, she was later called back as a wildcard contender and eventually became a finalist. Although she was a consistent top scorer in the final rounds, she only finished in third place via SMS voting.

Pempengco made minor appearances in local television shows and TV commercials, but essentially had fallen off the radar after her stint at Little Big Star. It was not until 2007 that Pempengco gained worldwide recognition after Dave Dueñas, an avid supporter, started posting videos of her live performances onto YouTube under the username FalseVoice. The videos garnered millions of hits making Pempengco an internet phenomenon.



In June 2007, Pempengco was invited to do a demo-recording for Ten Songs/Productions, a music publishing company in Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker. She recorded seven songs - six covers and an original song entitled "Amazing". A few of these songs were rerecorded for her self-titled Philippine album, Charice.

After a video of her singing the Dreamgirls anthem "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" became a hit on a Korean video sharing website, Pempengco was invited to the South Koreanmarker talent show Star King. On the October 13, 2007 edition of the show, she performed "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "A Whole New World" with Kyuhyun from Super Junior .

After seeing her Star King performance on YouTube, Ellen Degeneres extended an on-air invitation for Pempengco to be a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Pempengco flew to the United States for the first time and performed two songs on the December 19, 2007 episode of the show - "I Will Always Love You" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".

After her appearance on Ellen, Pempengco made a second appearance on South Korea's Star King as the "Most Requested Foreign Act" on the December 28 edition of the show. She performed Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and had a duet with singer Lena Park.

For bringing honor to her home country, Pempengco was invited to the Malacañang Palacemarker in January 2008 where she met and performed for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She returned to the international scene in 2008 when she guested at the April 8 episode of the The Paul O'Grady Show in Londonmarker, Englandmarker.

Her self-titled Philippine debut album Charice was released in May 2008. The mini album, consisting of six songs and six backing tracks, was awarded gold certification in the Philippines in October 2008. The album was eventually recognized to have achieved platinum status in 2009.Pempengco appeared on the May 12 edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show in an episode entitled the "World's Smartest Kids", in which she performed Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing". It was through the recommendation of Oprah Winfrey that music producer David Foster took Pempengco under his wing. She performed with Foster for the first time as one of the entertainers on the May 17 opening of MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casinomarker in Ledyard, Connecticutmarker.

She made her debut on the international concert stage on Foster's May 23 tribute concert, Hitman: David Foster and Friends, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casinomarker in Las Vegas, Nevadamarker. She performed a medley of songs from The Bodyguard as well as her standard, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going". A CD/DVD of the concert, which included Pempengco's The Bodyguard medley, was released on November 11, 2008. The show was aired several times on PBS and other public television networks starting in December 2008 under the Great Performances banner.

One of the other performers at the concert was Pempengco's idol, Andrea Bocelli. Bocelli subsequently expressed interest in performing a duet with Pempengco and personally invited her to be a guest on his birthday concert "The Cinema Tribute" held on July 20 at the Teatro del Silenziomarker in his hometown of Lajaticomarker, Tuscany, Italymarker. Aside from her solo performances, she also did a duet of the song "The Prayer" with the famous tenor in front of more than 8,000 people.

Pempengco was invited to perform for the Feyenoord's Centennial Anniversary in the Netherlandsmarker held on September 26. Before a crowd of about 50,000 football fans she sang the team's anthem, "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Pempengco made a second appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on the September 9 "Dreams Come True" episode, in which Oprah referred to her as "The Most Talented Girl in the World." She sang Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" with David Foster on piano, then Oprah went on to surprise her with an appearance by Celine Dion via satellite, who invited her to sing a special duet at Madison Square Gardenmarker as part of Dion's Taking Chances Tour.

She performed her promised duet with Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden in New York Citymarker on September 15. They sang "Because You Loved Me," which was dedicated to Pempengco's mother. The performance received rave reviews in The New York Post and The New York Times. The duet was eventually featured on the September 19 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Pempengco would then perform at the October 11 Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children Benefit Concert at Wynn Las Vegasmarker. It was at this event that she met one of her musical influences, Mariah Carey.

In November, she appeared on Good Morning America with David Foster to promote David Foster's tribute album, Hitman: David Foster and Friends. She performed The Bodyguard medley and "I Will Survive." At the end of the month, she performed "Because You Loved Me" on the Good Housekeeping Showboat float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


In January 2009, Pempengco performed at two presidential pre-inaugural events in Washington, D.C.marker, namely the Martin Luther King Jr Realizing The Dream Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and at the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala at the Mandarin Hotel.

In February, she performed at two post-Oscar award events, Oscar Night at Mr. Chow's and Oprah's Oscar After Party. She debuted a new original song entitled "Fingerprint", which was written by Robbie Nevil and produced by David Foster.

In April, Pempengco appeared as one of the guests in the season premiere of Ti lascio una canzone, an Italian musical variety show televised from Teatro Aristonmarker in the city of Sanremomarker. She performed "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing", "The Prayer", and "Listen". Later that same month, she would go on to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of about 57,000 baseball fans during the Los Angeles Dodgers 52nd season home opener at Dodger Stadiummarker.

In May, Pempengco released her Philippine sophomore album entitled My Inspiration, an inspirational album with a Mother's Day theme. The album consisted of 12 tracks, including an original composition by Jonathan Manalo entitled "Always You" and a cover of Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World" performed as a duet with her mother, Raquel. The album was certified gold in the Philippines about two months after release. Also in May, she would again perform at a David Foster and Friends concert held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For the third time, Pempengco made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on the May 18 "Finale: Oprah's Search for the World's Most Talented Kids" episode. She debuted her first internationally released single "Note to God", which was written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster. The single was also made available for digital download on the same day and debuted at #24 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, #44 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, #9 on the Hot Canadian Digital Singles chart and #35 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. Later that same month, she was again invited to guest at Ti lascio una canzone for their May 23 finale episode and the May 30 gala episode.

Pempengco staged her first major solo concert dubbed Charice: The Journey Begins on June 27 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Philippines to a sold-out crowd. Her guests included Christian Bautista, Kuh Ledesma (a last minute substitution for one of the main guests and one of Pempengco's musical influences, Regine Velasquez, who was hospitalized right before the show) and Little Big Star finalists.

Pempengco contributed to two Christmas albums in 2009. The first as David Archuleta's duet partner for the song "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" in his Christmas album entitled Christmas from the Heart. The second is a compilation Christmas album entitled A Very Special Christmas Volume 7 in which she contributed her own rendition of "The Christmas Song".

She is one of the headlining acts in the David Foster and Friends 10-City North American Tour scheduled for the fall of 2009. She has recently stated in a video posted on her YouTube account that her international debut album is slated for release in January 2010. She will be releasing a new single entitled "Pyramid" (featuring Iyaz) also in January 2010 to coincide with the release of her debut album. Pempengco will appear in the upcoming film Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel which will be out on December 23. She is also part of the official soundtrack for the movie with her rendition of "No One" by Alicia Keys accompanied by the Chipettes.


Before her American performances, it was reported that Pempengco never received any formal training apart from informal voice lessons from her mother.

During their appearance on Good Morning America, David Foster mentioned that Pempengco has the ability to mimic other people's voices, which, according to him, is a characteristic of good singers. In a separate interview, Josh Groban stated that Charice's voice is one of the most beautiful voices he has heard in a long time. The New York Post once called her a vocal prodigy for being able to sing 'big songs' even in her tender age.

Her vocal quality has been compared with those of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. In addition to Houston and Dion, she has cited Mariah Carey and Regine Velasquez as her musical influences.


Under the guidance of her mentor, David Foster, Pempengco performed for many charity events that included Barbara Davis' Carousel of Hope Gala (October 2008), Big Brothers Big Sisters Rising Stars Gala (October 2008), Harmony with David Foster & Friends Gala and Concert (September 2008), Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Gala (December 2008), Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XV (March 2009), The Heart Foundation (May 2009), The Songs of Our Lives Volume II Benefit Concert (June 2009), Andre Agassi's 14th Annual Grand Slam for Children (September 2009), the 8th Annual Smile Gala (October 2009), Miami Children's Hospital 2009 Diamond Ball & Concert (October 2009) and the 2009 Cedars-Sinai Board of Governor's Gala (November 2009).

Pempengco also sponsors the education of seven children through World Vision Philippinesmarker and is a supporter of Bantay Bata. Along with other Filipino celebrities, she also appeared in a Philippine-based commercial for "Ako Mismo" (translated to "I, Myself"), a non-political movement that encourages youths to participate in socio-civic activities. She helped launch an environmental awareness campaign with Hewlett Packard Philippines under their "My Backyard" intiative, even lending her voice for the campaign theme song written by the Center of Excellence (CENTEX) students.

She was one of approximately 40 Filipino artists who contributed to "Kaya Natin 'To", a song patterned after "We are the World" benefiting the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. All proceeds from the sale of the song will go towards the disaster relief efforts of the Philippine Red Cross and Gawad Kalinga.

Awards and recognitions

  • 3rd Honors - Little Big Star Big Division, Season 1, Philippinesmarker
  • Most Requested Foreign Act of 2007 - StarKing, South Koreamarker
  • Most Memorable Moment of 2007 - The Ellen DeGeneres Show, USAmarker
  • Pinoy World Class Talent - 20th Year Anniversary of the Music Museum, 2008, Philippines
  • Key To The City of Rotterdam - Mayor Ivo Opstelten, 2008, The Netherlandsmarker
  • Best New Female Recording Artist - Aliw Awards, 2008, Philippines
  • Newsmaker of the Year 2008 - Balitang America, Philippines
  • People of the Year 2008 - People Asia Magazine, 2009, Philippines
  • Plaque of Recognition - The Spirit of EDSA Foundation, 2009, Philippines
  • Special Citation Award - MYX Music Awards 2009, Philippines
  • National Newsmaker of the Year 2008 - Ateneo de Davao University TAO Awards, 2009, Philippines
  • Outstanding Global Achievement - 40th Box Office Entertainment Awards (Guillermo Awards), 2009, Philippines



Single Release date Label Notes
Note to God May 18, 2009 143/Reprise #44 on Billboard's Hot 100

Philippine released studio albums

Album Release date Label Notes

May 2008 Star Records Platinum certification
My Inspiration May 2009 Star Records Gold certification

Songs featured on CD releases with other artists

Album Release date Label Track Listing Notes
Little Big Star

(Little Big Star Season 1 Finalists)
May 2006 Star Records 8. I'll Be There - Charice Pempengco 2 Discs

Disc One: Music CD

Disc Two: VCD with music videos

Little Big Deeds

(Little Big Star Season 1 Finalists)
May 2006 Star Records 1. Awit ng Kabutihang Asal - LBS Finalists

5. Handang Tumulong - Charice Pempengco

7. Sana - LBS Finalists

VCD (songs & stories)

(Healing of Pain and Enlightenment)
December 2007 Star Records 8. Smile - Charice Pempengco Compilation album of various artists to benefit cancer support organizations
Love Life

(Life Songs & Life Stories of Boy Abunda)
January 2008 Star Records 16. A Song For Mama - Charice Pempengco Compilation album of various artists
Hit Man:

David Foster & Friends
November 2008 Warner Bros. Records 3. The Bodyguard Medley (I Have Nothing/I Will Always Love You) - Charice CD & DVD (live performances)
OPM Number 1's April 2009 Star Records 4. And I am Telling You (I'm Not Going) - Charice Compilation album of various artists
I Move. I Give. I Love. June 2009 Star Records It Can Only Get Better - Charice Compilation album of various artists for the Philippine National Red Crossmarker 150th Anniversary
NOW That's What I Call Music, Vol 31 June 2009 Sony Legacy 20. Note to God - Charice Compilation album of various artists
Christmas from the Heart 13 October 2009 Jive Records Zomba 7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ft. Charice Duet of David Archuleta and Charice Pempengco
A Very Special Christmas Vol.7 23 November 2009 A&M Records 6. The Christmas Song - Charice Compilation album of various artists to benefit the Special Olympics
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Music From The Motion Picture) 01 December 2009 Rhino Records 14. No One - Charice, The Chipettes Movie Soundtrack


Notable television guestings


T.V Shows

  • ASAP – herself (host / singer / dancer)


  1. Official Website Biography at Retrieved on 19-February-2009
  2. Teen Singing Sensation at Retrieved on 19-February-2009
  3. Voice of the Future at Retrieved on 19-February-2009
  4. Triumph of the Spirit: My Interview with FalseVoice at Retrieved on 22-February-2009
  5. Charice gets recording contract via youtube at
  6. Charice Invited in Ellen at
  7. Charice wows Americans in Ellen at
  8. The Ellen DeGeneres Show - I Am Telling You To Watch This at
  9. Charice Pempengco pays courtesy call to President GMA today - January 4 at Retrieved on 17-April-2009
  10. FIL-AM COMMUNITY NEWS - What's in store for Charice at Retrieved on 18-March-2009
  11. Charice Debut Album Reaches Gold Status at
  12. Charice dedicates her second album to her mother Raquel at Retrieved on 06-May-2009
  13. The Oprah Winfrey Show World's Smartest Kids at
  14. Charice does New York at Retrieved on 19-September-2008
  15. Charice with David Foster at Foxwoods at Retrieved on 18-March-2009
  16. Hitman: David Foster and Friends at
  17. Charice in the David Foster and Friends Concert at
  18. Bocelli: "Verdi, il mio canto patriottico nell'Italia della riconciliazione" at
  19. Charice Pempengco sings ‘The Prayer’ with Andrea Bocelli at
  20. Bocelli al Teatro del Silenzio di Lajatico con Noa e Charice at
  21. live concert2008/3 at
  22. Wereldgroot aankomend talent zingt op Eeuwfees at Retrieved on 18-March-2009
  23. OPRAH - Singing Sensation Charice Returns at
  24. Charice earns rave reviews from NYTimes, NY Post at
  25. Celine There, Dion That at Retrieved on 19-September-2008
  26. Emotions With Exclamation Point at Retrieved on 16-September-2008
  27. OPRAH - Charice and Celine Dion Sing "Because You Love Me" at
  28. Big Names Turn Out for Andre Agassi's Foundation at
  29. Singer Charice performs during the 13th Annual Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at
  30. Meet Charice: Teen With the Big Voice - Girl Has Wowed Audiences With Her Singing at
  31. It's Time to Fall for Your Favorite Music Again - David Foster and child prodigy, Charice at
  32. Marion-Carol Showboat Good HouseKeeping Seal at
  33. "Cherish" - Charice relishes her Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade experience at
  34. Asian Americans Share Center Stage at
  35. Charice back in Manila after performing at Obama's pre-inauguration ball at
  36. Inauguration Events Schedule at
  37. Charice rocks Obama pre-inaugural balls at
  38. Leeza Gibbons Makes a Difference at Retrieved on 24-February-2009
  39. Michael Buble and Charice Wow the Crowd at Mr. Chow's at Retrieved on 25-February-2009
  40. Oprah's Oscar After Party: Charice Sings "Fingerprint" at Retrieved on 28-February-2009
  41. The Other Side of Charice at Retrieved on 16-March-2009
  42. Charice, una voce da vera star at Retrieved on 09-April-2009
  43. Charice captures Italians' hearts anew at Retrieved on 08-April-2009
  44. The Manny Ramirez circus is getting an early start this season at Retrieved on 14-April-2009
  45. Opening week at Dodger Stadium begins Monday at Retrieved on 14-April-2009
  46. Charice draws musical ‘Inspiration’ from mom at Retrieved on 01-May-2009
  47. We are 1 album leads sales in Astrovision/Astroplus at Retrieved on 07-July-2007
  48. Charice wows crowd in Las Vegas charity concert at Retrieved on 15-May-2009
  49. Finale: Oprah's Search for the World's Most Talented Kids on Retrieved on 18-May-2009
  50. Charice Performs "Note to God" Video on Retrieved on 18-May-2009
  51. The Billboard's Top 100 2009-06-06 at Retrieved on 28-May-2009
  52. La stabiese Sonia Mosca questa sera all'Ariston di Sanremo at Retrieved on 25-May-2009
  53. TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE/ Dopo Charice Pempengco, domani, 30 maggio la festa finale at Retrieved on 03-June-2009
  54. Charice would have been part of Michael Jackson's London concert at Retrieved on 03-July-2009
  55. David Archuleta: Christmas from the Heart on Retrieved on 01-October-2009
  56. A Very Special Christmas Volume 7 Will Feature All-Star Line Up of Young Talent to Benefit Special Olympics at Retrieved on 01-October-2009
  57. BIG Names In Music Unite For ‘A Very Special Christmas 7′ (FULL Track List) at Retrieved on 01-October-2009
  59. David Foster: 'I love great voices' at Retrieved on 03-October-2009
  60. Charice - Agassi's Grand Slam for Children at Retrieved on 03-October-2009
  61. Music Producer David Foster at Retrieved on 16-October-2009
  62. Fresh from Oscars after Party success, Charice to enthrall Dubai at
  63. Musical Influences Charice MySpace at
  64. The Carousel of Hope Ball at Retrieved on 17-April-2009
  65. The 30th Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Ball - Show at Retrieved on 17-April-2009
  66. Celebrating Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Big Bash! at Retrieved on 16-March-2009
  67. Last chance to impress Foster at Retrieved on 16-March-2009
  68. Auctioneer among the Stars at Foster Foundation Gala at Retrieved on 19-September-2008
  69. Friends of the IDF Gala Raises $2 Million in Honor of Israel's Soldiers at Retrieved on 16-March-2009
  70. Spywitness: Fighting the good fight against Parkinson's with Muhammad Ali at Retrieved on 04-April-2009
  71. The Heart Foundation Honors Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck at] Retrieved on 07-June-2009
  72. The Songs of Our Lives, Volume II at Retrieved on 09-June-2009
  73. Photo Galleries: Stars turn out in full force for Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam at Retrieved on 01-October-2009
  74. Charice sings 'Note to God' for Ondoy victims at Retrieved on 03-October-2009
  75. Operation Smile to Honor the Simpson Family, Stephen Berman, the Honorable Richard J. Riordan, Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter at 8th Annual Smile Gala in Los Angeles at Retrieved on 03-October-2009
  76. Miami Heat stars, $1,000-lemonade at Miami Children’s Hospital gala at Retrieved on 20-October-2009
  77. 2009 Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Gala Sponsored by Lexus Raises Over $2.6 Million at Retrieved on 10-November-2009
  78. Charice Sponsors Seven Children through World Vision at
  79. Celebrities join World Vision to launch "My WorldVision" at Retrieved on 09-April-2009
  80. Ka-Pinay Organizes Celebrity Bazaar for Worthy Cause at Retrieved on 07-May-2009
  81. Ad agency behind patriotic web campaign at Retrieved on 07-May-2009
  82. HP Celebrates "My Backyard" In The Philippines at sg. Retrieved on 11-July-2009
  83. Artists offer song for typhoon victims at Retrieved on 16-October-2009
  84. Charice Gets Thrill of her Life over 1st Award as a Performer at
  85. Balitang America airs Yearender Townhall Special on TFC at Retrieved on 16-March-2009
  86. Charice Steals People Night at
  87. EDSA Foundation recognizes Arnel Pineda's feat at Retrieved on 25-February-2009
  88. MYX Music Awards 2009 at Retrieved on 27-February-2009
  89. Ateneo de Davao Honors ABS-CBN Shows at Retrieved on 16-March-2009
  90. It's official: John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo are 2008's Box Office King & Queen at Retrieved on 19-March-2009
  91. Oh, Charice! at Retrieved on 20-June-2009
  92. 'H.O.P.E.' fulfilled at Retrieved on 27-April-2009
  93. Star Records releases compilation album OPM Number 1's at Retrieved on 15-April-2009
  94. I Move. I Give. I Love. at Retrieved on 23-June-2009
  95. World's Best-Selling Music Compilation Series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, Issues Vol. 31 and NOW That's What I Call The '80s Vol. 2! at Retrieved on 18-June-2009
  96. Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Music From The Motion Picture) at Retrieved on 09-November-2009

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