LOCAL ARTISTE OR NEXT GLOBAL STAR?

Charlie Lim, a global star in the making. Photo: THE PEAK

BY IAN DE COTTA

CHARLIE LIM munches on kimchi and nacho cheese fries while we talk. Mixing things is nothing new to him. His life is peppered with it. You see it in the face. There is a little of Colin Farrell in the thick eyebrows. The Oliver Peoples wayfarer eyeglasses beneath have something Buddy Holly about them.

Charlie is a singer-songwriter and has produced two albums of original songs, and his music is a blend of many things, too. He plays the piano, bass and drums, but when he is on the guitar, there are images of Lee Ritenour in the melody. On the mike when he hits mid range, Art Garfunkel is audible.

But Charlie, born and raised in Singapore, is not a mixed-up kid. Far from it. Local jazz doyen Jeremy Monteiro sees a “global star in-waiting”. That’s a heavyweight compliment from a highly regarded musician who has played with Grammy Award greats Ernie Watts and James Moody.

This interview first appeared in The Peak. Read the full story here: Charlie Lim: Local star or next global icon?