Hear this girl belt out a tune, and you can't help to say, "You go, girl!" Only 16-years-old, Charice Pempengco rose to popularity through Youtube. The Filipina singer will debut her U.S album this fall, under the guidance of producer David Foster.
In the meantime, Charice has been popping up all over the world - on talk shows in South Korea and England and the US, including The Ellen Degeneres Show (see here); performing for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; singing a duet with Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden -- and, hello, The New York Times raved about her; a duet with Andrea Bocelli in Italy; singing the team anthem at a soccer match in The Netherlands; in January 2009, she performed at two Obama Presidential pre-inaugural events in Washington, D.C.; and today she'll perform a song from her upcoming album on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Born in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines, Charice began singing in amateur singing contests since she was 7. Her standards include Jennifer Hudson's Dreamgirls anthem "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."
Damn...she's only 16!
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