Press

Charlene Kaye‘s music is at once classic and contemporary, a mix of glam rock and classical music in just the right measures.  In her new video for Forever Is A Long Time, she takes a darker turn.”
-Charlene Kaye is a Ballsy Rock Goddess in “Forever is a Long Time” - VH1

“The singer-songwriter Charlene Kaye had an impressive début in 2008 with the richly orchestrated pop album “Things I Will Need in the Past.” To fund her second release, “Animal Love,” the punky songstress (who is as fluent in classical piano as she is in glam rock) launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised more than thirty thousand dollars from fans.”
The New Yorker

“When I first heard Charlene Kaye, for the first time I heard the sound of a pop musician whose music’s excellence matches her theatrical personality. Kaye excels in a diverse brand of pop; throughout Animal Love, she goes from radio-friendly fare to a capella to blues, all without sounding like she’s forcing it.” - Popmatters
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“The crowd erupted as Kaye continued playing her 45-minute set, a loud and buoyant assortment of songs that showcased her powerful voice and magnetic stage presence.” -VH1
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“Singer-songwriter Charlene Kaye, who just raised more than $30,000 via the social project funding site Kickstarter to complete her next album — with more than $20,000 dollars raised in the first 5 days alone — recently released “Human” as her newest single and turned to a trusted source to create the music video, her sister Liann…” -The Huffington Post
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“If you don’t know Charlene Kaye, here’s your ice-breaker. Kaye’s a special talent out of NY (via Singapore via Hawaii via Arizona etc…), a gifted singer and total professional when it comes to making pop music sound strange and strange music sound catchy. The album’s a gratifying tour through pop hooks and slight-of-hand production, clever and honest and appealing just like the lady herself.” ALTAR TV
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“Charlene Kaye is, quite frankly, an animal. The 25-year-old New York transplant can move seamlessly from heart-wrenching, operatic piano ballads to toe-tapping dance tunes, commanding the stage with her soaring voice and a smattering of feathers and glitter.” -Idolator
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“25-year-old Charlene Kaye is one to watch. Out with a new risk-taking pop album Animal Love this May, her voice seems to just melt into your soul…” -Glamour
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“Versatile pop up-and-comer Charlene Kaye, whose latest album, Animal Love, ranges from anthemic synth-pop to elegant piano balladry, headlines at Gramercy.”
-Time Out New York 

“[Animal Love I] kicks off the album…a sassy R&B number before plummeting into something resembling the peppiest of 1960s girl groups, with Charlene proclaiming “Let your bones show, let your bones show.”  The second of these eponymous tracks (“Animal Love II”) is an epic exercise in vintage soul, gloriously scoring a heartbreak in a manner somehow uplifting.” -Philthy
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Animal Love is a crisply produced and catchy pop album. Charlene’s strength as a songwriter hasn’t been muted by the production quality of the album….The album is diverse in tone and style as she allows gritty rock sounds into songs like “Poison Apple” and “Forever Is A Long Time…” -Sour Grapes Winery
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“Animal Love is a tour de force of Kaye’s songwriting talents and her voice. In a world with overblown American Idol nonsense Charlene Kaye could very well be America’s Best Kept Secret.” – the POP! Stereo
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“Charlene Kaye is getting ready to go out on tour in support of her new album Animal Love, so we took some time to chat with the young singer about what inspires her music, how she get her start and even give you a first listen to her new song ‘Animal Love l.’” -NewNowNext
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“Kaye has an undoubtedly powerful and sultry voice in addition to being an amazing musician. For me, Kaye is the female cross between David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac. She definitely has Bowie’s spunk and fashion sense but has the basic feel of a rock n’ roll version of Fleetwood Mac.” -Fearless Radio
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“Local singer Charlene Kaye rose to Gramercy’s larger setting with material from her forthcoming album Animal Love…” -The Village Voice
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“Even without Criss on stage the crowd clapped and sang along for Kaye, especially on the earworming title tracks from the in-production ‘Animal Love.’” -Billboard
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“I first met the ineffably lovely Charlene Kaye this May at The Fire.  Since then, the singer/songwriter has continued to tour the country, continued to be name-dropped by (and seen alongside) one of cable TV’s biggest musical heartthrobs, and, most impressively, (in the span of five days) convinced her fans to shell out more than my annual salary to fund her next album…” -Philthy magazine
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“Singer-songwriter Charlene Kaye is both opening for Team StarKid and playing guitar in the YouTube sensation’s live band. Kaye gained attention for her work with her friend and StarKid co-founder Darren Criss of “Glee”… – Charlotte Observer
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“Kaye plays with effortless intelligence and agility, moving all over the fretboard. Between songs, the room was silent: if there’s any need for proof that there’s a mass audience for accessible, attractive rock that’s not stupid, Kaye is it.” -New York Music Daily
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“Performing a solo show to a small but extremely passionate crowd, Kaye, full of personality and affability, lit up the stage, glimmering in a golden dress. It’s always nice to see a musician work with his or her audience, and Kaye’s rapport with her audience is palpably electric.” -Noiseberry
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“A few minutes of listening to Kaye’s jazzy vocals, poetic lyrics, and strong song arrangements will convince anyone that she’s chosen exactly the right profession. Her exotic beauty and effortless confidence onstage present a singer/songwriter who seems primed for success…”-Original Hipster
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“A charming and talented emerging NYC chanteuse that mixes jazz, folk and rock. This lady, together with her band The Brilliant Eyes, has been working hard over the past few years and is finally getting noticed by a growing local audience. An artist on the rise…” -Deli NYC
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“Check out this jazzy, swinging, rocking group for yourself, fronted by the effervescent, golden-throated multi-instrumentalist Kaye…” -Awaiting the Flood
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“It’s not every artist who can extend their repertoire from centuries-old folk tunes to a Justin Bieber cover…But New York-based Charlene Kaye has no problem making that leap. It’s all about dynamics here, as Kaye and Co. start off smooth and slinky, building to an explosive climax of abandon and musical madness…” -The Atlantic
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“NYC-based Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes jazz it up on their debut EP, taking roots-folkie Jolie Holland’s version as their backbone; the result is something that’s a little bit rockabilly and a little bit Western swing. A music video partially set in Coney Island helps amp up the retro vibe…” – NBC New York
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“The album’s best described as a balancing act of sound. The songs don’t allow the listener to rest too long in either the saucy or wistful, the warm or the cold… And it’s just that kind of rhythm of change that keeps the savvy listener suspended, waiting, excited…” -Detroit Metro Times
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“Kaye is presently enjoying a bump in her music-scene profile, on the strength of the recently released single “Dress & Tie,” which she recorded with her friend and current “Glee” star Darren Criss — another U-M grad who Kaye knows from their student days…” -AnnArbor.com
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“Her talent is like a meeting of Fleetwood Mac, Nina Simone and a certain pre-Ziggy Stardust David Bowie, and it lies in her ability to change a catchy smooth pop song into a sort of anthem of happiness and of festivity…” -Eric Daily
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“A classically trained pianist, Kaye taught herself to play the electric and acoustic guitar, and she plays the Wurlitzer, banjo and glockenspiel on the album she released last October titled “Things I Will Need in the Past.” Her sound has been compared to that of fellow singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Feist.” -MLive.com
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“While people have balked and sung about student – teacher crushes throughout history, Kaye narrates her feelings from a more mature and humorous perspective. She certainly doesn’t take herself too seriously, a trait I always respect…” -Radio Free Chicago
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“Take the heady, theatric dressing-ups of Rufus Wainwright’s baroque-pop, the sly, swing-able, indie-jazz of Feist with Kaye’s own earnest folk-punch and you find her blend of classical poignancy with pop’s whimsy…mystic, absurd, and elastic.”
-Real Detroit

“Kaye’s electrifying voice and her band’s folk-tinged indie-pop = an eclectic night, torch-songs and unfettered rock alike.”
-Fee’s List

“Kaye’s strong vocals rise and soar, wispy at the edges, but burning sun-fire at their thickest exertion…[Things... is] a blending of perfect balance, showing strength in arrangement and ambiance”
-Current