It’s hard not to focus on LI songstress Charlie Dane’s age (13), but there can only be so many reviews to the tune of “this girl is so young and she’s singing and playing good music!” Let me say first—she is so young and she is singing and playing good music. But in defense of young precocious artists everywhere, let’s focus on her as a new artist instead of as a very clever young’un.
Charlie has been playing out around Long Island for the last few years, accompanying herself on piano and guitar. Rather than being a studio-manufactured pop act, she grew as an artist as organically as many of us (slightly older) indie musicians did. She spent time playing cover music around Long Island, accompanying herself on her guitar and keyboard, while she was finding her voice as a songwriter.
Apparently she has found it, because every single song on her new record Dreamland is written or co-written by Ms. Dane. The album is a radio-friendly pop-rock release with solid vocal and instrument tracks. Charlie’s already got some legit vocal chops, and it will be interesting to hear what she sounds like as her voice deepens and matures.
For more information on Charlie or to check out some tracks, head to http://www.charliedane.net. She’s got upcoming gigs and festivals on her calendar in Long Island and beyond.