Not many graduates of the Juilliard School of Music have won Peabody awards or Emmys, but opera singer/investigative reporter/jazz songbird Charleston has all three on her resumé.
Rondi Charleston comes from a long line of singers and songwriters, dating back to her great-grandmother toiling on the Great Plains in the 1800s. Like the restless spirit of her ancestors, Charleston inhabits a deep sense of adventure. As a performer, she can’t resist testing uncharted territory and trying something new. Rondi trained for a singing career at the Juilliard School, where she earned two degrees in music. After working with several professional opera companies, however, she decided to pursue another lifelong passion and enrolled in journalism classes at New York University.
Those classes turned into a job as an investigative reporter for ABC News. Rondi spent six years working next to Diane Sawyer, earning Emmy and Peabody Awards for her work. When Rondi returned to singing full time, she also changed musical direction, from classical to jazz.
Her latest recording, “Who Knows Where The Time Goes,” is an album brimming with love, rare jazz standards and spell-binding originals written by Rondi and pianist Lynne Arriale.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“These are some of the most memorable new songs to come from a jazz singer since Abbey Lincoln…vocal artistry at the highest level” -Hot House
“That rare combination of native talent and keen perception has made Rondi Charleston a commanding vocal stylist and a spellbinding storyteller.” -Bob Blumenthal