Born in Hawaii and raised in Arizona, Charlene Kaye is a classically trained pianist turned pop songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who gathers all the essential elements of classical and pop to create a lush sonic palette that blurs the lines of both worlds.
A recent graduate of University of Michigan, Kaye recently released her critically acclaimed debut record, Things I Will Need in the Past, recorded in 2008 with producer/engineer Jim Roll (Chris Bathgate, Frontier Ruckus, Matt Jones). The album is a deftly orchestrated work which offers the magnitude of a symphony and the modesty of a haiku, inventive orchestral arrangements underlying vibrant lyrics and melodies delivered by her gentle yet commanding bell-clear alto. Pure, poetic, and full of personality, each Charlene Kaye song bears a sincerity and absolute musical clarity that lingers long after the music has stopped.
Joining Charlene onstage will be Jared Saltiel, singer/songwriter and frontman of the Ann Arbor band The Dirty Birds. Equal parts pop, rock, folk and jazz, their music has a sound all its own.