Exclusive: Charice Chills With JSYK

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Since she was small, Charice has wowed audiences with her powerful voice. As a singing sensation from the Philippines, she gained international popularity through YouTube and has been a guest on Oprah several times. Her newest single 'Pyramid' featuring Iyaz is trending the charts.

The day after her latest Oprah appearance, the petite pop star stopped by JSYK to share her incredible story and sing a few songs off her self-titled album. Naturally, we wanted details from her Oprah show appearance, which also featured Justin Bieber.

"He was so nice," she told us. "I love his story. That's what I love about Justin Bieber, not just his voice. He has great personality and he's doing this for his family. And I can relate to how he got discovered."

And here's a fun detail: Charice told us that the fan who uploaded the video of her performance to YouTube, the one that got it all started, is now a good friend.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Charice has been singing since she was four. Her father left when she young and so, to support her family, she entered into over a hundred singing contests. She even competed on the Philippines version of American Idol but lost. Then, a fan uploaded a video of her performance to YouTube. Charice was flown to L.A. and the rest is history. After three years of performing around the world, Charice says that the most amazing part of all this was being able to buy her mom a home and car of her own.

Now eighteen years old, Charice is really coming in to her own. And while she told us that she looks up to Beyoncé for inspiration, she's definitely developing her own style. Musically, in the past, she's mostly sung powerful love songs and ballads and she's covered songs from other artists, including a version of Justin Bieber's 'Baby.' Now she's proud to debut her first album featuring all her own songs - a mix of pop and R&B.

Charice even co-wrote one of the track on her album called 'In This Song' with legendary composer David Foster. Meanwhile, her single 'Pyramid' (above) has hit the very top of Billboard's Dance charts and is heating up the clubs all over the world. The deluxe version of her album is available on iTunes now.



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