Charlie was raised on the Kent coast, 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.
While working as a backing vocalist in 'The Smoking Years' and with Sam Griffiths, she began privately recording 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 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 music has developed into an arresting alternative style, electrified with an experimental streak. As her performances glide back and forth between serenity and intensity, her constant is the one thing which never fails to capture her audience’s attention: “her crystal clear, sharp etched voice and the feeling that you’re on to something.” (Americana UK)