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The Pelham Sessions

Karen Poh

Tue Jan 04 2011

Charles J Tan, The Pelham Sessions

IF YOU’RE going to be in Singapore this summer, don’t miss Melbourne-based performing songwriter Charles J Tan as he kicks off The Pelham Sessions Tour with two shows at the Concourse, Esplanade this January 7 and 31.

Recorded in an old warehouse off Pelham St on the city outskirts of Melbourne, The Pelham Sessions EP is a collection of rustic, rich, honest to goodness songs, with a style reminiscent of Jack Johnson and John Mayer.

Expect some vagabond folk, soulful grooves and catchy tunes, where intimate life stories have been artfully weaved through lyric and song, backed by strong vocals and unique arrangements featuring the ukelele and a brass section.

The past two years, and 2010 especially, has been a big year for Tan.


Winning the Melbourne Storyteller’s Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2009, his studio single Almost Sunday went on to earn him a spot in the Top 50 acoustic/singer-songwriter category at the MusicOz National Music Awards in 2010.

It was also the year he made his music “pilgrimage” to Nashville, Tennessee – rubbing shoulders and learning from industry giants who have worked with the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Snoop Dogg.

The Pelham Sessions EP was later released in December.

Time and experience has really matured and refined Tan’s sound, and this album is the culmination of Tan’s musical journey over the past decade. He’ll be among those to watch in this new year.

Meld has two signed copies of The Pelham Session EP to give away to our lucky readers. For your chance to win, simply retweet this article including @meldmagazine #pelhamsessions; or “Like” this article on our Facebook page (you’ll have to “like” the Facebook page first before the “like” buttons on each article will show up). Competition closes January 24.

Watch Charles J Tan perform live at The Esplanade, At The Concourse: Originals Only, January 7 and 31. Visit his website for more information, or to purchase his album.

[In between performing and songwriting, Charles J Tan is also an occasional freelance contributor to Meld Magazine.]