Although trained in classical voice and theater at Juilliard, Rondi Charleston’s first career was in journalism, as an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter working with Diane Sawyer on Prime Time Live. There should be no surprise, then, that the distinguishing aspect of her more recent singing career is her incisive storytelling. The resounding strength of her first Motema recording (In My Life), Charleston’s ability to dive deep into the heart of the matter and bring each emotional nuance to the surface elevates her new release, Who Knows Where the Time Goes. Again, Rondi surrounds herself with A-list musicians: Guitarist Dave Stryker takes on the role of music director and co-arranger on most tracks, with James Genus on bass, Clarence Penn on drums, Mayra Casales adding percussion, and keyboard duties split between Brandon McCune and, on four original compositions with Rondi’s lyrics, the magnificent Lynne Arriale.
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