Charlene Lite believes in working hard. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she was hooked on becoming a performer after watching the movie, Grease. Although she was known in her family as the "shy" one, Charlene found comfort in singing and performing, and knew it was a path worthy of exploring. Growing up in a working class family, music and the arts were not highly encouraged. "Singing was always a secret passion that I knew one day I'd pursue wholeheartedly."
By sixteen, at her own will, Charlene began taking singing lessons. She studied with Michael Goodrich, a Seth Riggs associate who was one of the first to believe in her talent. At his recommendation, while in high school, she applied and was accepted to the California Institute of the Arts program at Cal Arts University in Valencia, California for their summer school program.
After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors Degree in Communications, she decided to pursue music seriously. "I was always told I had all this potential, but the minute I got up in front of someone, I'd choke."
She began breaking through her fears by taking weekly performance workshops from Musicians Institute Department Head, Mike Campbell. Through his encouragement, she started taking piano lessons to learn how to write her own music. From there, she started performing at Open Mics around Los Angeles, had completed her first three-song demo and found herself performing regularly at various venues around L.A. including Highland Grounds, Genghis Cohen, Tempest, Knitting Factory, Viper Room, Key Club, The Rainbow Room and Lava Lounge.
In 2002, she picked up the guitar for the first time and taught herself how to play. In January of 2003, she took a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and sang and played guitar on a street corner while handing out CDs.
In 2005, she packed up, quit her “day job” and moved to New York City to pursue music full-time. She released her first full-length album, 'Grown' in 2008 and continues to perform regularly at venues all over the city including, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos and National Underground.
That same year, Charlene began documenting her journey as a singer/songwriter, moving from LA to NY to pursue her dreams. With hundreds of hours of footage and ten years of documenting, she has produced a trailer for her soon-to-be released documentary, The Dream Diaries.
Charlene sings with passion and through her songs, tells stories about self-discovery, independence, hope, love and disappointment. She is a hybrid of vulnerability and fierceness, sincerity and sensuality. Her style ranges from sweet to sexy to angry to silly, but she is always honest and her songs always reflect what's in her heart.
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