Nuela Charles (formerly known as singer-songwriter MANUELA) is a Canadian alternative-soul artist of Swiss and Kenyan heritage. With the confidence of a seasoned performer Charles put aside her solo acoustic beginnings and moved forward with a more explosive full band sound. It’s electronic. It’s dirty. It’s soulful.
Called a “smooth, triumphant, star-in-the-making album of retro soul and R&B with moody trip-hop and electronica,” by Sandra Sperounes of the Edmonton Journal, “Aware*” was released October 23, 2012. It’s the second album for Charles, who toured Canada and Switzerland in the last year.
“Aware” entered the !earshot Campus National Top 50 chart at a high of #22 in mid-December 2012 but flew under the radar for the beginning of 2013 until it was highlighted during the CBC National Searchlight Contest and had CBC producer Andrea Warner call Charles “the future queen of Canadian soul.” “Aware” later went on to be nominated for a 2013 Western Canadian Music Award for “Urban Recording.”
Nuela has been filling venues across Western Canada and Switzerland and has been the opening act for the likes of Shad, CLASSIFIED, and Ziggy Marley.
Having just recently won the Edmonton Music Prize, which highlights a recording that has “made a unique contribution or outstanding accomplishment in music within the last 18 months,” Nuela has already kicked off 2014 with multiple TV licensing syncs on networks in the USA and Canada including, VH1, CityTV and W Network.
SoulTrain named Nuela as “one to watch” for 2014 and with her recent nomination at the SiriusXM Indies – the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards, she’s well on her way.