Rocky’s new grad will be featured on the album release show on Saturday
Charlotte Blu has already achieved so much in her young life.
In the fall of 2019, a sophomore at Rock Island High, she was the youngest songwriter for the local United Way’s Amplify Quad Cities: The Soundtrack” campaign.
At 17, Charlotte graced the stage of NBC’s “The Voice” (in March 2021) to show off her talent. Although she was not chosen to advance to the contest, it was a defining moment that would help push her ambitions to become a better singer-songwriter.
Born Charlotte Boyer (whose mother Chrissy is a seasoned singer and event manager at River music experience) started singing at a very young age, receiving his first guitar lesson at age 10. She has been writing songs since she was 13 and on Saturday June 17th she will perform a concert at RME’s Redstone Room to celebrate the release of her debut album, “The Colors of You” (recorded and produced by Juan Vasquez de Moline ).
His music as an artist is rooted in soul, blues and inspired by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Etta James, HER and Beyonce. Charlotte’s six-song EP, “The Colors of You”, is based on her personal experiences, with many songs written in high school. A key song, “Not Alone,” is about mental health and COVID.
“It was just about really getting over the feeling of loneliness and how I felt stuck inside the house,” she said in an interview on Tuesday, noting that the song’s message is that We are not alone.
On Facebook, she posted about the single:
“I wrote this song during the long hours I spent in my room because of the Covid. I had a lot of time to think about myself and in my hour of solitude, I had family and friends around me – whether physically or virtually, it helped me through the tough times. This song is a testament to that time.
Charlotte said her support system is made up of her family and her local leadership team.
She changed her last name last year, partly in homage to her favorite musical genre, the blues.
“That’s where I started. So I wanted to really incorporate what that means to me and how much that has affected me as an artist,” Charlotte said.
She will be starting college in Augustana, Rock Island, in the fall, and is looking forward to the June 18 concert.
“I’m really excited. I’ve worked up to this point. It’s just really great to see like everything is unfolding and taking its own shape.
Charlotte is intimately connected with RME, the Davenport-based non-profit organization working to change lives through music. She has benefited from its educational programs, scholarships and financial aid.
RME recently posted on Facebook:
“We really enjoyed seeing Charlotte Blu Music growing as a musician since she first showed up at Kidstock and we’re thrilled to host her album release show this Saturday in the Redstone Room. If you want to hear one of the best young singers around, be sure to be there!
In 2019 on Facebook, the QC United Way posted of his song for “Amplify Quad Cities”: “His talent is amazing! She listened to Caty Pohl’s story of loss and depression and created an inspirational song about healing and never giving up hope.
United Way has partnered with River music experience to engage local songwriters to create six original songs that reflect the transformative stories of everyday people whose lives have been changed with the support of United Way. Charlotte performed hers – “I’ll Be Alright” – at a special launch event in September 2019 at The Rust Belt, East Moline.
This song was different, since it was writing about another person, and was more emotional. She spoke to 18-year-old Caty Pohl (a 2019 Rocky grad she met at school last year), who faced challenges growing up and worked to overcome those obstacles through the music and services of the Youth Services Bureau (funded by Centraide).
As 17-year-old junior Rocky, Charlotte made her national television debut on March 22, 2021 in the final rounds of blind auditions for season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice” Singing contest.
She was shown singing a one-minute rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game”.” Show judge John Legend told Charlotte:
“I really think you have a beautiful voice, a beautiful tone. I felt like it was a bit too stylized, in a way that felt like we were losing you in the style you were trying to convey.
“You’re just at an age right now where you’re still trying to figure that out,” he said. “A few years have passed, and you’ve worked a little more on it, you’re going to be so much better. You already have the core of what you need, which is a beautiful voice.
Saturday’s Redstone concert (at 2nd and Main, Davenport) begins at 7 p.m., with opening act J Wolfskill. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show, available HERE.
For more information on Charlotte, see her website.