Artist — Innovator — Catalyst
Charly Pura’s first passion was music and it started when she was 5 years old. She would dress up every Saturday and invite all her relatives to her “concert” at her grandparents’ house, where she sings two to four songs by Whitney Houston and entertain everyone. After a couple years, Charly Pura began her piano lessons at Yamaha School of Music.
One of her main music mentors is the Philippine independent music legend, Chickoy Pura, of The Jerks, which is the longest running independent band in the country (30+ years). Chickoy Pura, singer/songwriter/one of the best guitarists in the country, introduced Charly Pura to the indie music scene in the Philippines and patriotic activism. At thirteen, Charly Pura taught herself how to play the guitar and began writing music.
Charly Pura have always loved singing but her formal singing training began when she joined the choir her freshman year in the Philippines and worked with Krina Cayabyab of Baihana, also daughter of the famous Filipino maestro and composer — Ryan Cayabyab. She finished her junior and senior year in Southern California singing in the Chamber Choir, Show Choir, and Vocal Jazz Group under the direction of Bryant Aquino. During her two years under Mr. Aquino’s direction, she became section leader and earned many awards both for the choir as a whole and as an individual singer.
Upon graduation from high school, Charly Pura continued writing music and honing her craft as she pursued a degree in Radio Television Broadcasting. In 2008, she started an Internet radio show called Flip Jams with Charly that features music by Filipinos all over the world under the award winning college radio station, Audio8ball.com . In 2013, she built her own Internet radio, Pinoy Frequency, where Flip Jams with Charly is its flagship show and Chit Chat Mania as an hourly segment. Today, Pinoy Frequency, is now currently broadcasting live 24/7.
Charly Pura has been taking freelance projects as a graphic and web designer as a side income during her college years. She started learning WordPress in 2008, and used Facebook as a social media marketing platform before it was known to be one in 2009. Deciding to explore more about the business side of the creative industry, she continued her studies at the Los Angeles Film School for B.S. Entertainment Business. By summer 2014, they released Charly Pura’s very first single: You Can Leave produced by T. Hallz as part of the entrepreneurship program. Albeit a small school project, it is still available on iTunes today for download.
Upon graduating in March 2015, Charly Pura began focusing more on her talents in graphic design and web design. She is a self-taught designer and is currently open for freelance projects. While working as a Marketing Traffic Coordinator at Roland US Corp, Charly Pura continues to develop her ideas through her different online ventures.