A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of watching international vocalist, Charlotte Dos Santos make her Los Angeles debut at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. It took me a while to get around to this post, but the show was amazing and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss the opportunity to share about it.
I discovered Charlotte’s music this summer, and in the time since, it seems like every underground publication has been racing to write about the Norwegian born singer and producer – myself included. After listening to Cleo, her debut EP, I was marveled at both her vocal talent and the rich production which the project featured. It’s been one of the most pleasant surprises of the year, and once it was announced she was making her way out to LA for a show, the timing couldn’t be more perfect to share my thoughts on her record and my experience at her first gig in California.
Dos Santos has as colorful of a musical background as you will find, drawing influence from all sorts of genres and having studied the art in multiple countries. Her style can best be described as a tribute to classic jazz, soul and world music, but it’s unfair to pin her down in just one lane. You can hear many of these styles come to life on the latin-inspired “It’s Over, Bobby” and in the classical serenade “Good Sign”.
From the moment Dos Santos started singing, everyone in the artsy LA crowd realized just how special of a performance it was going to be. Backed by a trio of session musicians, her band was no slouch either, playing each cut from her acclaimed debut with exceptional rhythm and grace. Personal favorites included the romantic “Move On”, the groovy “Red Clay” and the triumphant title track “Cleo”, a worldly testimony of sorts to her maturation as a young artist, but also as a woman.
Dos Santos clearly has a phenomenally trained ear and quite impressive cadence as a singer. When you combine it with a voice that is so delicate and enchanting, the end results are scary good. Her live performance highlights her skill set even more. She may be generating a lot of buzz now, but I can’t wait to see what kind of waves she makes in the coming years.