Charice Pempengco was born in Laguna, Philippines May 10, 1992. She began entering singing contests at the age of seven to help support her family, and it ultimately resulted in her appearing on TV. In 2005 Charice appeared on Little Big Star, a show similar in concept to American Idol, and she ended up as one of the finalists but did not win. In 2007 an admirer began posting videos of Charice's singing on YouTube. Based on the strength of the videos, she was invited to participate on the South Korean show Star King.
Charice Discovered By Oprah Winfrey:
Ellen DeGeneres saw videos of Charice on Star King and invited her to the US to sing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in December, 2007. That helped lead to Charice's "discovery" by Oprah Winfrey. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time in May 2008, and Oprah Winfrey helped her get in touch with music producer David Foster. Meanwhile the mini-album Charice was released in the Philippines and certified platinum. In September of 2008, Charice appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show again and she was called, "The Most Talented Girl In the World." Following that appearance she sang a duet with Celine Dion at a Madison Square Garden concert to strong critical acclaim.
Self-Titled Debut Album:
In May of 2009 Charice appeared for a third time on the Oprah Winfrey Show and debuted an internationally released single "Note To God." It landed on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and became a top 40 pop hit in Canada. The single "Pyramid" featuring Iyaz appeared in March 2010 and it topped the dance chart in the US. It was a top 20 pop hit in the UK. "Pyramid" was followed by her international self-titled debut album which became the first by an Asian pop artist to land in the top 10 on the Billboard album chart. It also reached the top 10 in Canada and Japan.
Charice Music Videos:
Charice on 'Glee':
In September 2010 Charice first appeared as the character Sunshine Corazon on the hit TV show Glee. She portrayed an exchange student from the Philippines. Sunshine Corazon joined the New Directions show choir, but soon she was drawn away by the rival club Vocal Adrenaline with a promise of permanent US residency. Charice appeared as Sunshine Corazon in the Glee season finale in May 2011 performing a solo with Vocal Adrenaline at the Nationals competition.
Quest For Pop Stardom:
In concert with her appearance in May 2011 on Glee, Charice released the songs "Louder" and "Lost the Best Thing" to iTunes. A second internationally released album is expected to be on its way.