By Lawrence Machado
Rising young crooner Charlie Tchetchenian will be serenading his growing army of fans during a special online performance on Saturday, September 11, broadcast on the Hornsby RSL Facebook page from 6pm. All you need to do is to log in and enjoy his amazing vocals.
Cherrybrook’s young version of Michael Bublé will have you singing or humming in your own living room as he and special guest artist Amelie Gnatek, also known as Am Élie, bring to life jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
West Pennant Hills resident Amelie, a gifted singer/songwriter, will also perform her originals during the two-hour performance. She and Charlie were peers at the prestigious Talented Development Project.
It’s been a challenging year for Charlie, 17, who like all entertainers, has seen his shows dry up during the Covid-19 lockdowns. In addition, the Cherrybrook Technology High School student is sitting for his HSC exams, after which he plans to complete a media communications or media politics degree.
“I’d love to just transport people for a couple of hours to somewhere else through the power of music,” said Charlie, who grew up listening to the legendary musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. “It’s been so challenging for everyone in lockdown, so let’s get together for some great music and entertainment.”
Charlie’s last live performance was in May when he opened for Paulini and Todd McKenney at the NSW Clubs Awards event in Sydney.
“Since then, I have been mainly singing online,” said Charlie, who has a confident stage presence for his age. “I created quarantine crooning sessions on my Facebook and Instagram pages because I felt people were missing live music.
“It also gave me an outlet to continue singing while still in lockdown and studying for the HSC and my last year at high school. This online show at Hornsby RSL Club gives me another platform to entertain and bring music to people.”
His proudest moment was when he sang with his musical idol Michael Bublé during his Sydney concert two years ago. This led to Charlie learning from Bublé’s great trumpeter Jumaane Smith for almost 12 months.
When asked if he had auditioned for The Voice on Channel Seven, he modestly replied: “Haha, not just yet! Thank you for the compliment though; maybe in a few years when I have honed my craft some more, I will have a crack at The Voice.”
He said he would love to release his own music – “Are there any music producers reading this?” – having been given opportunities and tasks to write and record his own music through the Talent Development Project, run by top artistic director Peter Cousens.
He has also landed his first gig as a wedding singer, and I am sure it won’t be his last.
Watch Charlie and Amelie on Saturday, September 11 via https://facebook.com/events/s/lockdown-sessions-live-music-w/3098486157040835/
You can enjoy Charlie’s music via his social media pages: Facebook: @CharlieTchetchenianSinger or Instagram: charlietche_music