Carly Rose Sonenclar

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Carly Rose Sonenclar
Born (1999-04-20) April 20, 1999 (age 19)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active2006–present

Carly Rose Sonenclar (born April 20, 1999)[1] is an American singer and teen actress. In December 2012, she became the runner-up on the second season of the American version of The X Factor.

Early life[edit]

Sonenclar was born in New York City and currently resides in Mamaroneck (village), 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.[2] She enjoys softball and has an older brother, Russell, who graduated from the University of Delaware. She takes piano lessons and enjoys composing songs.[3]

Sonenclar is Jewish.[4]

Acting career[edit]

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 on PBS,[5] the newest Prankster in season three of The Electric Company, produced by Sesame Workshop.

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,[6] including one by The New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood, who described Sonenclar as a good actress and an "almost preternaturally skilled singer"[7] and she drew comparisons with Sutton Foster.[8] She is a featured soloist on the cast CD produced by Sony Masterworks and was named the 2011 Best Young Performer by Sonenclar originated the lead role of Parsley in The Big Bank, a musical debuted at the New York Musical Theater Festival in October 2011.[9]

Sonenclar has appeared in two feature movies, The Nanny Diaries playing as the "child of nanny"[10] and a small role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. She has made numerous TV guest appearances.[11][12]

Singing career[edit]

2012: The X Factor[edit]

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'"), and she advanced to the next round.[13] 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.[14] 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' guest judge Both Spears and responded positively to her performance; 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,[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] She later advanced to the Finale round, in which she performed "Feeling Good" (again), "How Do I Live" (with LeAnn Rimes), and "Hallelujah".[18] On December 20, 2012, it was announced that she had finished the competition in second place behind Tate Stevens.

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

Sonenclar performed the following songs on The X Factor:

Show Theme Song Original artist Order Result
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/Bernie Taupin 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


Sonenclar stated in 2013 that Syco Music has a recording option on her, and that they were "trying to find the right record label" for her.[19] 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.[citation needed] The following month, Sonenclar performed at the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.[20] In August 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.[21]

Sonenclar appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, "Dissonant Voices", which aired in November 2013, during the show's fifteenth season.[22] Sonenclar has performed on several occasions with Boyce Avenue. In 2014, she continued to attend public school[23][24] and released an original music video, "Everybody's Watching".[25] She gave a concert at Provident Bank Park in Pomona, New York, in July 2014, where she performed three original songs, “Aliens”, “Weekend” and “Everybody’s Watching”.[26]

On May 29, 2014, Sonenclar was ranked fifth by Fox Weekly on their list of Most Influential X Factor USA Contestants for her audition performance of "Feeling Good".[27]

In 2016, Sonenclar said that she planned to record new original music.[28][29]


Other appearances[edit]

List of other album appearances
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Home" 2011 None Wonderland
"Heroes Edward Staudenmayer, Jose Llana,
E. Clayton Cornelious, Janet Dacal,
Wonderland Ensemble
"Together" Darren Ritchie, E. Clayton Cornelious,
Jose Llana, Edward Staudenmayer,
Janet Dacal
"Counting Stars / The Monster" 2015 Boyce Avenue Covers Collaborations, Vol. 3
"Say Something"
"Runaway" Timeflies Just For Fun


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