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CARLO CHAPELLE w/ Tillie Moreno - 8PM | $15

  • Uncommon Ground (Edgewater) 1401 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)


Carlo Chapelle originated from Manila, Philippines. Though he could already sing well (with memorized lyrics and a matching good tonality to boot) at the tender age of 4, it really wasn't until his stint (during his early teen years) with the semi-professional church choir PPF (People, Precious and Few) Choir, that began his singing career. It was here in this group where his then young voice got honed and his public performing skills got reinforced via the group's countless concerts, workshops and various other musical productions. Even then, Carlo's high vocal range in the "natural register/chest tone" was already catching attention that he would sometimes be asked to sing the "ALTO" vocal part which is of the female vocal range. During his final year of living in the Philippines, the said group was picked by IVORY RECORDS PHILIPPINES, one of the country’s major record labels at the time to record a gospel album titled "Ama Namin" (English translation "OUR FATHER"). His participation in the recording, promotion & nationwide touring for this Gospel album would further give him the skill sets needed in the world of recorded music which he would later find useful in his new home, the USA.

Arriving in Chicago in 1991, Carlo attended his junior & senior years of high school. Being a newcomer at the time didn't prevent him from pursuing further opportunities in the performing arts. He auditioned and got accepted in the high school's premiere acapella group called MADRIGAL Singers. Again, this singing group toured all throughout Chicagoland. He also auditioned and got featured as a solo performer in the high school's annual Variety shows. Soon, as an entering freshman at Columbia College Chicago, Carlo got in to the college's highly selective Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He was also fortunate enough to have been coached by one of Chicago's best jazz vocalists Bobbi Wilsyn. It was at Columbia where Carlo further immersed himself to the college's many performing opportunities & workshops, all under the tutelage of Miss Bobbi Wilsyn.

In 2006, Carlo was also honored by being the opening musical act for Philippine recording diva, Regine Velasquez during the latter's concert titled "Fantasia Concierto" at the Gateway Theatre on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago. 

In 2007, Carlo started work on his debut recording under Ralph's guidance. It took two years for the debut recording to come to fruition. Finally, in November 2009, "SHADE OF BLUE" Carlo's debut album was launched via a one man show at Davenport's piano bar in Wicker Park, Chicago. 

Barely a year after its release, "Please Don't Ask Me", one of the tracks from SHADE OF BLUE got into the TOP 30 in the Australian Jazz Radio online without much promotional push. And most importantly, one time RCA Jazz recording artist KEVYN LETTAU, who is the original recording artist of the song SUNLIGHT, which Carlo covered in his debut recording, sent in a great compliment regarding Carlo's cover of the song.

Since the release of SHADE OF BLUE, Carlo has been made busy with numerous live gigs all over the country. Since his opening act stint for Regine Velasquez, he has performed with Jazz artists like Joannie Pallato, April Aloisio and most recently with Michelly Cordova & Yukao Yamano.

In 2014, Carlo was one of the selected singers to represent Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood! The WCOPA (as popularly called) is an annual week - long competition of talents (Acting, Dancing, Modelling, Singing) from all over the world. It is considered the Olympics of performing arts.

It was also in 2014 when Carlo expanded his geographical scope by accepting a gig in Manhattan, New York at the famed cabaret "DON'T TELL MAMA's". Since then, he has been playing all over the Chicago area. 


Tillie Moreno, also known as "Manila's Queen of Soul", is a Filipino R&B/soul/pop vocalist and entertainer whose career began in the 1970s. She is best known for her songs "Saan Ako Nagkamali", "Umagang Kay Ganda", and "Nothing I Want More". She was a member of the bands Circus Band and Lovelife.


Earlier Event: September 28
SINCE TATI W/ DAVID NEWMAN - 7PM | $15
Later Event: September 30
Phil Circle's STUDENT SHOWCASE - 7PM | $8