Chiara Oldano

FRESH: ‘Fluorescently’ – Chiara Oldano

Italian born singer-songwriter Chiara Oldano debuts with “Fluorescently”!

by Christopher Smith

Italian born and bred singer-songwriter Chiara Oldano has released her debut single titled “Fluorescently”. The song is the first from an EP that consists of four songs coherent with a central theme; finding that inner power to achieve your goals, overcoming whatever obstacles lie ahead.

Despite not studying music in school, Chiara spent 15 years developing her technique in styles such as opera, gospel and soul. Before starting university, she attended a summer programme at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and is now in her final year at the University of Exeter studying Marketing and Management. In her second year of university, Chiara formed the band Chiara and The Vu which went on to perform at festivals alongside notable artists including Cascada, Wheatus and Example. The singer has also been invited to perform at The Oblique Life’s Sunday Night Live twice in 2018.

Chiara’s inspiration and drive came from her experience in the academic system, where she found creative subjects undervalued. She sees her EP as her own personal revolution against the experience she faced whilst in education. Beyond this, she sees this EP as her own expression of the journey that we all experience as children, where there seem to be no limits on what one can achieve. The purpose of her EP is to share her music with any listeners who are facing the same obstacles whilst fighting to achieve their goals. The first eponym song is about living colourfully hence the title of “Fluorescently”. Chiara’s unique sound, partnered with powerful soul vocals and an outstanding eye for visuals, promise a successful future for her music.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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