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Singer-songwriter, Charito Soriano, joined forces with Guitarist, Rowenalyn “FunkCH3N” Conlu on the date 10.10.10. Both Filipino-American women time-traveled into the present to share their unique musical journey filled with acoustical soul-liberating boundaries that are created in our life’s path of constant balance. Their live performance & music creates a timeless & entertaining journey -- playing beautiful harmonic melodies about life, love, hip-hop, reggae, soul and everything in-between.
Charito Soriano born and raised in Hayward, CA, grew up listening to her parents' music; a mix of Filipino Crooners constantly played on cassette tape– while also being influenced by America’s renowned female vocalists – such as Mariah Carey, Aaliyah, & Lauryn Hill. Through her teen years she continued singing in choral & jazz choirs, allowing her to follow jazz greats such as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughn. This furthered her ability to create melodic trills that flow almost anywhere her soul leads it. Through college her voice had refined with touches of Neo-soul & Hip-Hop influences – often covering tracks by Erykah Badu & Jill Scott. Her voice ultimately melted into a multitude of soulful sounds.
Rowenalyn “FunkCH3N” Conlu was born and raised on the island of Guam. She has grown through music of the 80's, 90’s, R&B, Hip Hop, & Alternative, such as Radiohead, Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest, Arrested Development, Prince, En Vogue, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Metallica, The Dave Mathews Band, New Order, Depeche Mode, Sade. Performing in vocational bands and being the youngest female guitarist in many local island bands, she was often the sought out musician on this tiny island. She moved to California in 1997 and further took her craft to another level by influencing herself with more society-conscious music, like Bob Marley, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and many other island, reggae, jazz, and neo-soul. These various artists influenced her style, creating an eclectic sound of her own.
Though Charito & FunkCH3N had separately honed their craft their entire lives, it was in their recent 2 years of being together that they have created a seamless flow that feels as if it had been crafted in lifetimes before this. When these two unique forms of light banded together.....they felt magic in their connection from the beginning and could not be separated since.
In this current day, their live music performances are often described as Urban-Acoustic-Electronic-Island Soul. They combine the organic sounds of Classical Guitar & Soulful Voice with guitar pedals, loopers, live beat-making machines, and MIDI-driven machines. With these tools, they infuse natural & earthly sounds - into more futuristic ambient loops and sound-waves. It is their way of purposefully CREATING a MUSIC that strives to reconnect a +Technologically Driven Society back to the +Natural Basic Earth Elements of which the =Core Human Soul & Body are made of. Important elements that are often forgotten and overlooked in our day-to-day movements.
They have shared the stage with many of the Bay Area’s up and coming Hip-Hop, Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Soul, bands such as Feelosophy, Damage Kontrol, Jupiter 7, Aima the Dreamer, and SoTimeless; as well as some renowned artists, including Youtube artists Gabe Bondoc, Passion, & mainstream artists such as Zion I & Goapele.
CHARITOxFUNKCH3N have a 3-song Demo of their original Acoustic Music. They are currently working on an EP planning to drop by the end of 2013.