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Monday, January 14, 2013

TCD Exclusive - Charli Interview

Meet Charlene Griffith (CHARLI) - The woman in search of the BIG TRUCK DRIVER 
Charli is no new kid on the block, she has been around making music for a very long time. A talented vocalist who can sing almost any genre of music. As founding member of girl group 2Ntrigue along side her sister Kelli, they definitely marked their way as a powerhouse vocal group with sass, style, talent and beauty. Charli has had the opportunity to open for several big acts such as Akon, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, Usher, Joe, 112, Jagged Edge, Damien ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Beres Hammond, to name a few.

Charli is at it again with her brand new single, BIG TRUCK DRIVER for carnival 2013. We sat down with her for this exclusive interview just for you. Get to know Charli below.

Stage Name –   CHARLI
Registered Name – Charlene Griffith
DOB/Age –  15 July  33
Music Genre/s – Soca, Pop, Reggae, R&B, Jazz
When did you start off your musical career? 1995 but really got into it 2002
Who/What inspires you to become a better artist? (Locally and internationally)  
Honestly my vision drives me I see so much more than what is. I am also inspired by artiste who use their fame for good works and who stand for something eg. Singing Sandra, Bunji Garlin, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys, Angelina Jolie etc  I can take a couple pages out of Machel Montano’s book  for Soca though lol

Do you have a loyal support system/fan base? Yes I do and I thank them for believing in the vision

If you had to choose a name for your fans, what would they be called? E.g (BeyoncĂ© – Beehive, Rihanna – Navy,  Lady Gaga – Monsters etc.) Charli- Angels

How have social media Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) help advance your career? Yes I believe it did

Has the use of iTunes, amazon music, ReverbNation and other music websites help boost international recognition? Oh yes it did!

What is your greatest accomplishment as a musician to date?  
The ability to contribute to a new style of music. As a founding member of the duo known as 2Ntrigue, we were recognized as the first to start the fusion of Pop, R&B with Soca/ Ragga Soca which we deemed Island Pop

Do you think the local radio stations give your song/s enough airplay?
Not really but I am hoping that would change

What can we expect from you for Carnival 2013?
Well Carnival 2013 is a new element for me. It’s the first time frontlining  a carnival band “Traffik Plus”. You can expect much energy with a touch of class, a lot of sexiness and sass lol

What are your plans beyond Trinidad Carnival 2013?
I am working on some pieces for a project that will showcase my versatility as an artiste. So  expect to hear and see a bit more of who and what CHARLI is about .  My company ISLANDHOLIKS ENTERTAINMENT will be hosting a bit of Fashion, Entertainment and Lifestyle.  So I will be busy with that as well.

Charli Griffith

Follow Charli on Twitter: @MsCharliG

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