Charles di Raimondo A Smooth Voice on Canada's Music Scene Every now and then you come across a voice that catches your attention. It may be it's skilful technique or soulful authenticity that catches your ear. All you know is that you're captivated, moved, soothed, inspired. Voices like that are rare in our climate of teenaged popstars and manufactured popstars. But, then again . . . you've probably never heard Italian vocalist, Charles di Raimondo. Charles di Raimondo is a voice to listen to and a name to watch. As a singer, composer, arranger and performer, he has uncanny ability. A classically trained singer/songwriter/pianist, Charles' talent and versatility are evident as he sings in an array of genres: from opera to pop, from jazz to rock. His busy singing career has brought him to many venues in Toronto and it's surrounding areas through concerts and festivals including the CHIN Song Festival, the Ferragosto Festival, the Children's Starlight Foundation gala and the CIBC Annual Fundraising Ball. Charles has performed solo roles in Rigoletto and La Traviata under the direction of Mr. Dwight Bennett for the Opera Mississauga Company and is also one third of the singing group The Canadian Three Tenors. Charles performs regularly at large events and continues to please audience of all ages with his powerful vocal style and stage presence. Singing comes naturally to Charles. Born into a musical family, Charles can trace his love of music back to his grandfather and Uncle Charles. 'I was young,' Charles recalls, 'I remember our big family gatherings in Hamilton, where there was music all around. Everyone would take turns singing or playing an instrument. There was a genuine love of music in the air. I remember how my grandfather would stand on a table and sing a passionate operatic aria and everyone would applaud wildly. I can trace my love of singing back to his performances. My Grandfather was a singer back in Sicily. He and my Uncle Charles, who composes, sings and plays guitar and mandolin, were big musical influences on me as I grew up. They encouraged me to sing and play the guitar.' Shortly after high school, Charles discovered the intoxicating tunes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. During his time in college, where he studied arranging and composition, he became thoroughly immersed in Jazz and worked with many musicians and groups in the Hamilton area. Charles started to compose in that magical genre, and recorded his first piece, 'Midnight Mist', a funky jazz number featuring his dynamic piano prowess. But Charles' singing remained an important cornerstone of his musicianship and trained with several great voice teachers including Elaine Overholtd, Nancy Walker and Margaret Robertson. His first self-written and recorded album, 'Tonight Will Be', was released in 1989. It received extensive airplay on radio stations across Canada and the music video was on heavy rotation on MuchMusic. 'The Arias', a classical operatic album released in 2000, followed the success of 'Tonight Will Be'. Staying true to his Italian roots, Charles released an Italian single, 'Amoremio', in 2003. Charles most recently released his first full-length jazz album, 'Summer Rain', in early 2005. As an establish composer, lyricists and arranger, Charles was a staff composer for Monogram Records Montreal. He continues to write, record and produce music of all styles in his digital recording studio CD PRODUCTIONS. Most recently, Charles has written and produced songs of different styles for other Canadian artists including: 'I'll Be Loving You' for France Joli's debut album, and the dance hit 'I'm So High On You' for Donna Robbins. As leader of his own jazz group, he has performed in numerous concerts and has been featured on CityTV, Channel 11, Telelatino Television Station, and CHIN. Charles has written and sung several jingles for commercials and most recently sung for a commercial for Ontario Tourism. Charles' musicianship can also be seen in Showtime's 'Last Call' starring Jeremy Irons, Sissy Spacek and Neve Campbell, Sony's 'Martin and Lewis' with Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam, and HBO's 'Soul Food'. Charles di Raimondo was born in Brooklyn, N.Y, U.S.A., and is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States of America. With a Bachelor of Arts from York University, Charles specialized in jazz and classical piano, arrangement and composition. He later pursued a Bachelor of Education from Brock University that has enabled him to share his love of music as a music educator for the Peel Board of Education and the Merriam School of Music. Charles is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and a member of the Toronto Musicians' Association (Local 149). Charles and his wife, Pamela, currently live in Brampton with their two young sons, Adrian and Julian. When he is not in the studio, or taking his sons to Tae Kwon Do practices, Charles can be found playing hockey and soccer, and cooking up his special Linguini a la Vongole in the kitchen.