Artist You Should Know: Rondi Charleston

By DENNY DIRECTO

August 02, 2013

Julliard-educated jazz vocalist, Rondi Charleston is as talented vocally as she is in songwriting and she is the latest artist you should know.

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A former investigative reporter alongside Diane Sawyer on Primetime Live, Rondi grew up in a culturally rich family on the Southside of Chicago, whom she says really set the stage for her lifelong passion of music and storytelling.

This is most evident in her latest album, Signs of Life.

"I was really on a mission with this album to figure out what makes us tick as human beings," she explains about the inspiration for the record. "[I wanted to] try to connect the dots between us and the world around us."

Her song The Cave Knows is featured in the riveting Magnolia Films documentary, No Place on Earth. The film tells the story of a group of Ukrainian Jews who escaped the Nazi prison camps by living in caves during World War II and Rondi's song transcends and lends itself so seamlessly to the film's theme.

Watch the video for a special acoustic performance of her single DNA. You can catch one of Rondi's stunning live performances at Yoshi's San Francisco on August 11 and Ivories Jazz Lounge in Portland, Oregon on August 13.

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