Born of mixed heritage to a Malawi and half Indian mother and Irish father, Charlotte Mary O’Connor better known to her fans as Charlotte OC, is the British singer-songwriter who has made her presence felt in the music industry for almost a decade now. From the British Isles to the United States, and rest of the world, Charlotte’s Indie style has received high acclamation. The BBC applauded her saying “tipped for success in 2014”, Noisey (Popular Online Music Magazine) praised her style by writing that O’Connor “blends Bat for Lashes‘ cosmic mystic pop, Stevie Nicks‘ breathless vulnerability, and possesses the vocal chops to keep up with Adele”, while Hunger magazine wrote that her output “feels spiritual and almost occultist”.
There are always a lot of moments when you wonder if you’re doing the right thing, but I have always felt like I was doing it for a reason, that I had something I needed to say.”
While Charlotte’s several harmonious singles have worked its magic on music lovers, it is the singer’s cool confidence in her ability to voice emotions so powerfully that makes her one of the popular choice for people. However, despite being so popular in the Indie section of music, Charlotte did have moments where she did falter about her career choice, “There are always a lot of moments when you wonder if you’re doing the right thing, but I have always felt like I was doing it for a reason, that I had something I needed to say.”
Choosing music as a career and being in a cut-throat music industry often has parents doubt it as best career choice, Charlotte however says, “My parents are obsessed with music and are incredibly supportive.” Therefore, with the blessings and support of her parents, Charlotte knew she was there to stay.
Don’t try and please more than three people, make the thing you want to make above all else.”
All musicians are bound to each other by an intangible thread of art, Charlotte who is equally influenced by different genre ranging from electric, to gospel, to soul, states, “I just like great artists and I like great songs.” With Charlotte releasing her debut album, Careless People, on March 31st this year via Polydor Records, and with few other singles on the way, she is set to make her spot in Music’s hall of fame. Charlotte tells us what’s up ahead for her, “This is just the start. I needed to make this record as the first part of a story.”
Charlotte’s bold personality shines through her music, making her a brilliant professional musician for almost a decade now. Thus, with her experience in the industry, she advises musicians, who think are playing to a smoke screen, with the words of David Bowie: “Don’t play to the gallery”. Charlotte Mary O’Connor further adds on the same lines, “Don’t try and please more than three people, make the thing you want to make above all else.”