Carly Rose Sonenclar
|Carly Rose Sonenclar|
April 20, 1999 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, soul, pop|
Sonenclar was born in New York City and resides in Mamaroneck, New York. She began singing at age two, imitating several of the performers on the early years of American Idol. She took numerous singing, dancing, piano and acting classes, and one of her teachers put her in touch with a New York City talent agency, which signed her. She enjoys softball and has an older brother, Russell, who attends the University of Delaware. She takes piano and enjoys composing songs.
Sonenclar began her professional career in 2006 in a stage adaptation of The Night of the Hunter, at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, in which she played the lead role of Pearl. In that same year, she made her Broadway debut in Les Miserables as Young Cosette. In 2009, she appeared in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie, the Musical, starring Melissa Gilbert, originating the principal role of Carrie. Sonenclar made her television debut as Gilda Flip, the newest Prankster in season three of The Electric Company, produced by Sesame Workshop and airing on PBS.
In 2011, Sonenclar originated the role of Chloe (Alice's daughter) in the short-lived musical Wonderland on Broadway and the earlier Tampa workshop. In this role, she garnered good reviews, including one by The New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood, who described Sonenclar as a good actress and an "almost preternaturally skilled singer"—and she drew comparisons with Sutton Foster. She is a featured soloist on the cast CD produced by Sony Masterworks and was named the 2011 Best Young Performer by broadwayworld.com. Sonenclar originated the lead role of Parsley in The Big Bank, a musical debuted at the New York Musical Theater Festival in October 2011.
Sonenclar has appeared in two feature movies, The Nanny Diaries playing as "child of nanny"  and a small role in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. She has made numerous TV guest appearances, including ABC News, WPIX Morning News and NBC News.
2012: The X Factor
In 2012, Sonenclar auditioned for the second season of The X Factor USA with the song "Feeling Good" by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (famously covered by Nina Simone among others). Sonenclar received a standing ovation from all four judges (L.A. Reid commented "You may be 13, but your soul is old!"; Simon Cowell awarded her "4,833 yes-es"), and she advanced to the next round. After her successful initial audition, she advanced through the first day of X Factor's "bootcamp," where she sang "Pumped Up Kicks" with Beatrice Miller. Of the 120 contestants who auditioned at bootcamp that day, she was among the sixty or so asked to continue on. At the end of bootcamp, she was chosen to be one of the six contestants in the "teens" category who were invited to perform at the "judges' houses" stage of the competition. She performed the song "Brokenhearted" for the "teens" category mentor, Britney Spears, and Spears's guest judge will.i.am. Both Spears and will.i.am responded positively to her performance; will.i.am remarked appreciatively that she was "possessed." Sonenclar next advanced into the Top 16 round, where she performed "Good Feeling", then the Top 13 round, where she performed "It Will Rain". When Sonenclar reached the Top 12 round—where she performed "My Heart Will Go On"—it was revealed that she was the second-most-voted for person in the competition so far, behind only Tate Stevens, a distinction she achieved again after advancing to the Top 10 round.
On November 21, she performed the song "Over the Rainbow", which she received a standing ovation from all four judges, sending her into the Top 8 round. It was revealed that she had been the #1 most-voted-for contestant in the competition that night. On November 28, she performed "Rolling in the Deep", sending her into the Top 6 round, and was revealed to have again been the #1 most-voted-for contestant in the competition. She later advanced to the Finale round, in which she performed "Feeling Good" (again), "How Do I Live" (with LeAnn Rimes), and "Hallelujah". On December 20, 2012, it was announced that she had finished the competition in second place behind Tate Stevens.
Performances on The X Factor
Sonenclar performs the following songs on The X Factor:
|Audition||Free choice||"Feeling Good"||Nina Simone||N/A||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 1||Solo performance||"Runaway Baby"||Bruno Mars||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 2||Group performance||Not aired||Advanced|
|Bootcamp 3||Duet performance||"Pumped Up Kicks" (with Beatrice Miller)||Foster the People||Advanced|
|Judges' houses||Free choice||"Brokenhearted"||Karmin||Advanced|
|Week 1||Made in America||"Something's Got a Hold on Me" / "Good Feeling"||Etta James / Flo Rida||15||Advanced|
|Week 2||Songs from movies||"It Will Rain"||Bruno Mars||11||2nd|
|Week 3||Divas||"My Heart Will Go On"||Celine Dion||9||2nd|
|Week 4||Giving Thanks||"Over the Rainbow"||Judy Garland||10||1st|
|Week 5||Number-ones||"Rolling in the Deep"||Adele||5||1st|
|Week 6||Unplugged songs||"As Long as You Love Me"||Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean||3||2nd|
|Pepsi Challenge songs||"If I Were a Boy"||Beyoncé||9|
|Semi-final||Contestant's choice||"Your Song"||Elton John||2||Safe (1st)|
|No theme||"Imagine"||John Lennon||6|
|Final||Favorite performance||"Feeling Good"||Cy Grant||1||Runner-up|
|Celebrity duets||"How Do I Live" (with LeAnn Rimes)||LeAnn Rimes||4|
|Winner's song||"Hallelujah"||Leonard Cohen||7|
|Christmas songs||"All I Want for Christmas Is You"||Mariah Carey||3|
2013–present: Debut album
Sonenclar is currently working on original music, but there is no planned album release date. Sonenclar confirmed in a March 2013 interview with Radio Disney that Syco Music has picked up a recording option on her, and that they are in the process of "trying to find the right record label" for her. According to one of the producers she’s worked with, she was later signed by Columbia Records, but neither side has ever acknowledged the signing.
In June 2013, she performed her debut original song "Unforgettable". She debuted another new song called "Fighters", which was written by Sonenclar, Nikola Bedingfield and Shane Stevens. On August 10, 2013, she performed in New York City at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square as part of the Stand Up for a Cure 2013 Concert Series.
Her last concert was held in Pomona, on July 26, 2014, where she performed three more original songs, “Aliens”, “Weekend” and “Everybody’s Watching”.
More recently, in a 2014 interview with Hollywood Life, along with a Q&A on her YouTube channel, Sonenclar disclosed that she chose to stay in public school full time rather than go to Los Angeles and pursue music full time. This was a big change from previous interviews where she stated that she was ready to put music out. In contrast, other artists from the X Factor Season 2 have already released albums, including Bea Miller, who was in the same category as Sonenclar during the reality show. Without an album date or confirmed label signing, Sonenclar’s public activity has steadily declined since 2013, and it is unknown whether or not an album will ever be released. In the meantime, she continues to focus on school, studio sessions, and private benefit events.
Sonenclar revealed that she is still in public school and is in the studio on weekends and has been working on her debut album.
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- Official website
- Carly Rose Sonenclar at the Internet Movie Database
- Carly Rose Sonenclar at the Internet Broadway Database
- Sonenclar as Young Cosette