Charlie Adams is a British singer, songwriter, harpist, teaching artist for voice and drama, choir leader and project manager from London. She began her career in music at the age of eight, appearing in the English National Opera’s 1993 production of Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak. Throughout her childhood and early teens she continued to sing in professional operas and classical productions, performing in venues such as the London Coliseum, and the Royal Albert Hall.
As a young adult, Charlie moved somewhat away from classical music, exploring a range of contemporary genres including pop, rock, urban, jazz, gospel and folk. During this time Charlie began to build the foundations of her career as a choir leader and teaching artist, training with and assisting Gitika Partington who was the musical director of the Haringey Youth Choir at that time. Charlie made her conducting debut at the age of fifteen, leading the Youth Choir in a performance at the Harrogate International Centre, UK. By seventeen Charlie was receiving regular contracts to deliver singing and drama sessions in numerous schools throughout London.
She went on to study Community Drama at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), which was founded by Sir Paul McCartney. During her time at the institute, she was invited to join ‘Sense of Sound’, a professional contemporary choir that works throughout the UK and Europe. While working with Sense of Sound, Charlie had the opportunity to collaborate with an array of artists and musicians, including: Brian Eno, Ringo Starr, Damon Albarn, Russel Watson and Imogen Heap. As part of Sense of Sound, Charlie performed at one of the largest music festivals in the world – The Glastonbury Festival, The Liverpool Echo Arena and the London Barbican Centre. She also represented the group at the finals of the BBC’s talent program – ‘The Last Choir Standing’.
As well as working with ‘Sense of Sound’, Charlie also collaborated with a range of local bands and musicians based in Liverpool, including: The Gettogether – a musical collective that was instigated by Poet and Artist Ed Barton in 2009.
After leaving LIPA Charlie continued to develop her work as a teaching artist, working freelance in, primarily, community and educational settings. She began leading community choirs, directing youth theatres and producing music and drama projects throughout Merseyside, UK.
In 2009 Charlie became the vocal animateur for St.Helens Council Music service in St.Helens, UK. In the two years she worked for the service, she set up and coordinated over fifteen singing programs and events, constructed and led the singing department and recruited over forty schools to engage with the Music services programs. During this time she produced and worked on several large scale singing events, including: the Liverpool Supersing – an event that brought 3000 elementary school children together to perform at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Creature Fest – a three day singing festival for Kindergarten children and St.Helens Supersing – an event that Charlie, personally produced, coordinated and presented that saw 1400 public school students coming together to sing at St.Helens Theatre Royal.
In 2010 Charlie teamed up with Tracey Carman; Senior Lecturer at Leeds College, and renowned vocalist and vocal coach to co- found MultiVOX, a multi-arts company based in Merseyside, UK. Since it’s launch, the company has continued to grow and is now an established arts provider in the Northwest of England, delivering projects in a range of environments, including: community, educational, professional and corporate. MultiVOX aim to produce high quality, yet accessible projects in a range of creative areas, including: singing, songwriting, vocal health, band development and teacher training.
In 2012 Charlie relocated to New York City where she continues to practice as a freelance teaching artist, vocalist, choir leader and project manager. Since her arrival in NYC she has established herself within the music, arts and education communities. Charlie is currently the Artistic Director of Urban Choir Project, an innovative singing organization that she founded in 2015. Charlie also pracices as a freelance teaching artist and vocalist, performing and delivering work in a range of diverse and exciting environments throughout NYC. From alternitive songwriting commissions to collaborating with incredible musicians such as the legendary rock band The Zombies, delivering workshops in public schools accross the city to leading masterclasses at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Charlie continues to develop as an artist, educator and Creative Entrepreneur!