Gifted with a smooth baritone voice and a mastery of vocal phrasing, Charles Cermele (pronounced Sir-MEH-lee) has reached the top of New York's cabaret scene. His debut album, Look in My Eyes, recorded with pianist Christopher Marlowe, received a Bistro Award as Outstanding Recording of 1996 and was included on a Critic's Choice list compiled by Billboard. Cermele was also named Outstanding Male Vocalist in 1998 by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs. Born in Madison, NJ, to a musical Italian American family, Cermele studied theater at Tufts University in Medford, MA. After launching his career as an actor in Boston, he moved to New York's Lower East Side, where he soon began singing standard pop and jazz tunes in the area's nightclubs. Accepting an invitation to appear in an international touring production of Guys and Dolls, Cermele remained with the show for two years, appearing in more than 700 shows. Cermele's follow-up to his debut album, Ask Me Again, focused on the romantic side of his repertoire. His production I'm Old Fashioned: Love Songs for a New Century sets his vocals to the musical accompaniment of jazz pianist David Budway and bassist Steve LaSpina.
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