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“Jazz Singer Rondi Charleston Influenced by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward” – The Hollywood Exclusive by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith.
Songstress Rondi Charleston sets off on a club tour next week that will take her to cities including Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, Atlanta “and a few other places,” she says –with stops at a number of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camps for seriously ill children as well as hospitals all along the way. She plays L.A.’s Catalina Jazz Club on June 30th, for instance, and the next day will perform at the Painted Turtle Camp.
Rondi Charleston: “A New Voice, For A New Generation” – The Pace Report, by Brian Pace, NPR producer.
At a time where the masses have grown to accept the “force feeding” of talent via the “American Idols” and “Americas Next Talent,” the art of learning the great American Songbook as well as listening to other forms of music has been a lost art. Popular music today is a fuse of younger artists and producers that cater to record sales and a younger demographic. With the major record labels losing steam and the advent of online sources like You Tube and i Tunes, people have the choice to watch and buy the music content that they want. Radio hasn’t been much of a help since only a handful of companies own them and have streamlined their radio formats and listeners. Just when you think that the days of vocalists like Barbara Streisand or Celine Dion are no more comes a singer named Rondi Charleston. Last week I had the privilege and honor to witness Mrs. Charleston’s record release party at Joe’s Pub in New York City for her Motema Records debut “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” This is Rondi’s second release as an artist, but this recording is mesmerizing from beginning to end. And her live performance takes me back to those classic female vocalists like Streisand, Dion, and Whitney Houston.