From having her song “Your Love” featured on the Meagan Good and Tamara Bass-produced web series “All that Matters” to performing at the prestigious Jazz in the Gardens in Miami to rocking the Overtown Music and Arts festival, things are looking higher than up for Charline Murphy, the singer known as LaVie. Born and raised in Miami, the daughter of Haitian parents has a soulful voice that few with good sense would not stop to listen to. Who can she be compared to? Corinne Bailey? Jill Scott? Regina Belle?
In the song “Alive”, her voice is definitely Regina Belle-ish. She twirls her tongues and pulverizes that melody and those lyrics. When she’s performing live, on a stage, her passion is as obvious as her singing talent. Whether she’s sporting tomato-red hair or good-weather-blue hair, her voice is consistently refreshing.
She has a special message in the song “Human”, which she croons alongside fellow singers Kristine Alicia and Giel. “When you’re looking at me/You’re looking at right at you,” goes the lyrics. “The color of my skin doesn’t make me worst/The color of your skin doesn’t make give you extra worth.” So kumbaya.
Kreyolicious: How you did you get started off singing?
I have always loved music.
Kreyolicious: Your name is LaVie. That’s like “Life”. Why that name?
As a young girl, I didn’t value life. I remember attempting suicide by taking a bottle of pills and waking up the next day upset with God. After a while, I met my first mentor Amelia Scott and she helped me to change my perception on life and myself.
Kreyolicious: I really like how you wear your hair—short and blue. Have you always been this bold in terms of your personal fashion style?
I’ve always been a “rebel” meaning I’ve always done what i felt. I used to get in trouble with my mom a lot for that. [Laughter] I believe there is no one like me and no one can be a better me than me so I’m just me.
Kreyolicious: Who has influenced you vocal-wise?
Jill Scott and Ella Fitz Gerald are my faves.
Kreyolicious: Do you compose your own songs?
Yes, my husband Stephane Murphy work together. He produces and we write together.
Kreyolicious: Girl, do you visit Haiti?
Kreyolicious: What do your peoples think about your pursuing a musical career?
My mother thought it was not a real career at first, but after hearing my first CD Life Music she had a change of heart.
Kreyolicious: Will your fans be getting an album from you soon? Or at least an EP?
Yes. I am currently working on two projects “The Island Girl EP” and “The Love Story” I don’t have a release date as of yet, but I’m working on it diligently.
[Photography Credit: Lottashots]