Charlie was brought up surrounded by musicians, caught between the swagger of her father's band and the mournful sweetness of her mother's german lullabies. She started gigging at the age of 15, singing with her two sisters in a harmonic trio with a reputation for silencing the noisiest bars.
Although she’d been writing songs for as long as she’d been singing them, for a while she only lent her voice to the music of others until encouraged to record her own demos on an old four-track recorder given to her by an ex-boyfriend. When she eventually made her solo debut it was haphazard, borrowing a guitar and mini-amp at the last minute from her bandmates only to take up the stage and silence the audience with an arresting voice and an enigmatic style that one reviewer described as “a fine take on New York erudite folk with a Deal accent”.
Since then, she has become known for her captivating performances, winning over audiences with a combination of witty cynicism, insight, intensity and a cheerful candour which is hard to pin down. Her writing style has developed into something more playful, edgier with an experimental streak, but she never fails to bring her audience something which can’t help but catch their attention: “her crystal clear, sharp etched voice and the feeling that you’re on to something.” (Americana UK)