Charlie Vox’s resume reads like a Billboard music chart, having written hits for Rihanna (“Final Goodbye”), Melanie Fiona (“Monday Morning”), and worked with producers Stargate (Ne-Yo, Shakira), Fanatic (Beyonce, Deborah Cox) and Carl Sturken & Evan Rogers (Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera). And yet, Charlie Vox, who has done all of the above and more, remains humble as she gears up for the release of her debut album Things I Never Said…
Born in Philadelphia, she started writing “crazy stories” when she was a child. She wrote songs for her demo tape after being inspired by her cousin, an established rapper. “The artist he was working with, heard my song and wanted to record it.” It was then that she realized, “I could have a career as a songwriter, it kind of fell in my lap.” When discussing her songwriting, Charlie says, “It’s not difficult writing for others, I try to make the songs I write universal. Everybody feels heartache and pain of some sort.” The singer went on to place the record “Full Grown,” a song she wrote and sang, on the soundtrack of the major motion picture, Soul Plane.
On Things I Never Said…, Vox explores the ups and downs of relationships with the help of upcoming producers Darien Dorsey, T- Minus (Nicki Minaj, Drake), The Chemistri (Deborah Cox) and veterans JR Rotem (Britney Spears, Whitney Houston) and Troy Taylor (Trey Songz). “The songs that I sing are true to me,” she continues, “Even when collaborating with other songwriters, I always find a connection in the lyrics.” This is the case with her debut single, “Lie Instead,” co-written with longtime collaborator Curtis Richardson (Jennifer Lopez, Craig David) and Jackson/Croft (Jessica Simpson, Tamia), “The whole process just came together one day, confirming what we knew all along. If you put us in a room together, creativity would flow organically.” Other songs on her debut album include the acoustically-driven, “Stranger,” the empowering “The Champ,” and the emotional ballad, “Damn You.” While the album is not scheduled for release until the winter, Vox remains eager, “I’m excited for people to hear the album and I can’t wait to perform. I just hope that my fans connect with me and the album is therapeutic with a little bit of finger-poppin’,” she laughs.
Although, she’s a two time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo, featured performer in the off Broadway play “Who Stole My Husband?” and even opened for Destiny’s Child during their “Writings on the Wall” tour, she reflects on such triumphs, Vox does not want her current and future success to benefit just her. “I used to work in a high school where girls had real problems, and they confided in me,” she adds, “And through music, I was able to mentor them because they shouldn’t have to go through some of the things I’ve gone through.”
“It is exciting to work with someone as talented as Charlie is. She has a strong track record of success as a songwriter and I am certain that our team will propel her career to new heights,” says Siri Music Group, label president Chauncy Jackson. And while music is important to her, Charlie never wanted one thing to take over her entire life. “I have to be a well-rounded person to be a well-rounded artist. I need to live a well-rounded life.” After a “crazy” year, Vox admitted to needing “a moment so I can count my blessings. I don’t feel like I’m on a mountain top right now. I am thankful for my journey.”
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