Emerging as a new addition to Australia’s growing pop music community, Sydney-based musician Charley is someone that encapsulates the talent and prowess of the genre’s arena-selling stars with the forward-thinking creativity of its limitless next generation.
As a songwriter, she’s someone that puts 100% of herself into everything she writes, and after showing one side of that through her debut single ‘Hard For Me’ – a song that “embraces female sexuality and unapologetic love” – she’s now ready to showcase another side of herself through her second single ‘Arizona’.
‘Arizona’ introduces a more personal edge to Charley’s music, a song born from the anxiety and unfamiliarity she’s experienced since moving from her Gold Coast home to Sydney, where she has been forced out of her comfort zone. “I’ve always had social anxiety, but having to create a whole new friendship group… I just went into a depressive bubble,” she says. They’re feelings she reflects upon through empowering pop music, intimate with her lyricism and the emotions that fuel every word, yet captivating in the way she delivers her lyrics and the production that dances around them.
Music has always been a source of empowerment for Charley. Growing up in a family full of musicians, she naturally gravitated towards performing and songwriting as a source of self-expression, going as far as starting a band with her cousins while in high school. Although the band was more of a learning experience than anything else, Charley’s fascination with songwriting continued, evolving into a therapeutic outlet for her to get things off her chest, especially as she grew up and began to take on new experiences. “It’s such an emotional thing for me,” she says. “It’s so personal and real.”
Eventually, a break-up with a long-time boyfriend encouraged her to take songwriting more seriously, and since then, Charley has blossomed. She’s travelled to Nashville and Los Angeles to work with international collaborators, made a live debut supporting CXLOE, performed at events including Isol-Aid Festival, and had her debut single – ‘Hard For Me’ – attract attention on streaming, radio and online, including coveted support from Spotify, Apple Music, NME, Pilerats, Life Without Andy and more.
Now armed with her second single ‘Arizona’, it’s clear that Charley is a musician synonymous with the talented and multi-faceted future of pop music – and there’s a lot more coming too. ‘Arizona’ and ‘Hard For Me’ are just an introduction to what’s to come, with plans for music videos, more singles and more shows to come as Charley continues to unveil herself as both a musician, and as the person behind the lyrics.
“I’m excited to show a different side of myself,” she says. “All the singles coming up have all different energies and meanings, so I’m excited for what’s to come.”