CHARLOTTE DIAMOND Celebrating 35 years of success in Children’s Music “Creative and fun-loving, and an optimist who believes that people working together can create a better world” San Jose Mercury News, CA
BC’s own, Charlotte Diamond, is a multi award-winning musician, song writer and a respected educator. Her songs are known world-wide and she has toured internationally.
In 2016, Charlotte was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada for her contribution to children’s music and education. She was invited to attend the Investiture Ceremonies at Rideau Hall, Ottawa on August 25, 2017.
A resident of Richmond, British Columbia for 45 years, Charlotte has recently moved to Sechelt, BC. Born and raised in Vancouver, she graduated from the University of B.C. with a Bachelor of Secondary Education, majoring in Zoology and French. She took further studies at Laval University, Quebec, in French Language, and taught French, Music and Choir at New Westminster Secondary School for 10 years. She is a classically trained singer with experience in vocal direction for choir and musicals.
Charlotte has had a life-long interest in music. She sang with local folk groups, including performing intro sets for Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton. When her own children came along, she began singing and writing songs for them and developed music programs in her community. This led to performances and workshops, which mushroomed into requests for workshops, school and family concerts around Vancouver, throughout British Columbia, across Canada and internationally.
Charlotte formed her Hug Bug Band and proceeded with the independent production and release of "10 Carrot Diamond", which won the Canadian Juno Award (1986). Her career turned professional and international overnight, and "10 Carrot Diamond" is a Certified Gold Record in Canada. A frequent headliner for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, she is best known for favourites like, “Four Hugs a Day”, “I am a Pizza” (Je suis une pizza, Soy una Pizza), “Octopus” (Slippery Fish), “Leave the World a Little Better, “All the Nations Like Banana” and “You Can Make a Miracle” (written for BC Children’s Hospital).
Charlotte presently has fourteen recordings, a string of awards, including five Parents’ ChoiceAwards and three American Library Association Awards, (to mention a few), two nationally televised videos and two Music / Resource books. Her album, “24 Carrot Diamond – The Best of Charlotte Diamond”, features 24 of her best-known songs, recorded over the past 25 years.
Her most recent album, “Diamonds by the Sea” (Fall 2015), was co-produced with her son, Matt Diamond. New songs like, “Ottie the Otter”, “Put the Beat in Your Feet”, ‘The Moose on the Loose” and “I Have Shoes and I Can Walk” are now Diamond favourites with an environmental focus. .
Charlotte tours throughout Canada and the U.S.A. She is trilingual and has three recordings in French, and two in Spanish. She was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal “in recognition of her exemplary support of UNICEF”, as well as being named a “Paul Harris Fellow” by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, “in appreciation of significant assistance given to the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”. Please visit Charlotte’s Web site: www.charlottediamond.com Email: email@example.com