CHARLENE DONOHUE: Violin & Vocals
Through the Internet
links that bind us all, Charlene had the good fortune of
meeting Marian in October 1998. She has been slicing away at
her violin and singing her heart out with Project Mercury
Charlene's talents are a key part of Project Mercury 's
distinctiveness: gorgeous harmonies, powerhouse lead vocals
and of course, violin. Her heartfelt song Just About Me appears on Down to Earth.
Charlene and her husband Lee are the exhausted but proud
parents of Tonik and Emily. Before motherhood, Char fronted
the Albany cover band ForeFront as a side project.
Charlene made her
singing debut at the age of ten, performing in the front
yard of her parents' home in Albany, New York. Accompanied
by her "Singing Machine," her stellar rendition of "New
York, New York" roused a standing ovation from all five
members of her audience: Mom, Dad, brother, sister and
Pepper, the family dog.
In addition to her
singing exploits, Charlene also studied classical violin for
ten years. Through playing violin, she developed a keen
sense of intonation and rhythm. She sang with Voices of
Harmony, a choir comprising the top vocalists of her high
school, then the prestigious Harvard University Summer
Choir. In 1996, Charlene threw away her black and white
choir uniforms and joined Unknown Funk, a Rochester-area
include Joan Osborne, Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt and Damien
Rice. One of her favorite words: discombobulated. Watch her
do her thing on the powerful "Enemy Lines."
Photo credit: devinphoto.