A new star is born

music January 12, 2018 11:00

By THE NATION

Once known as Clarice, the Filipina singer with some of the most powerful vocals in the business will be in Bangkok next weekend, performing at Hard Rock Cafe under his new name, Jake Zyrus, on January 20.



Born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, Zyrus performed under the mononym Charice until his gender transition to male in 2013. As Charice, she was a YouTube favourite and saw her fame soar when she appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and the “Oprah Winfrey Show”. She also sang at Barack Obama’s pre-US presidential inauguration gala and post-Oscars parties.

Her international self-titled studio album was released in 2010 and landed her a role in the hit US television series “Glee” playing Sunshine Corazon, an exchange student from the Philippines, who becomes a serious rival to the lead character Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele).

The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are available at www.ThaiTicketMajor for Bt1,200.