Charlotte Sometimes (musician)

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Charlotte Sometimes
Charlotte Sometimes.jpg
Background information
Born (1988-01-15) January 15, 1988 (age 26)
Origin Wall Township, New Jersey, USA
Genres Pop
Indie pop
Alternative rock
Occupations Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2007 – present
Labels Sony/ATV

Jessica Charlotte Poland[1] (born January 15, 1988), better known by the stage name Charlotte Sometimes, is an American singer-songwriter based out of New York. Her debut album was released on May 6, 2008 and is titled Waves and the Both of Us.[2] She grew up in Wall Township, New Jersey and started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 14.[3] She has released one full length album and four EPs.


Charlotte was adopted by her parents, Hartson and Tracy Poland, as a baby. She was introduced to her birth mother at age 13. She has lived in Wall Township all her life.[4]

At age 14, she was diagnosed with condylar resorption, a rare disease causing her jaw to essentially break apart. Her condition impaired her ability to sing. By age 16, she had undergone surgery by having two ribs extracted to "rebuild her face." She continues to have injections to treat her jaw.[5]

She got her stage name from a children’s book, Charlotte Sometimes, written in 1969 by Penelope Farmer, about a boarding school student who finds herself transported more than 40 years into the past, into the place of another girl.[6][7]


Charlotte began her career playing in a five-piece band (J. Poland and The Pilots) in early 2006. The group began performing around the New Brunswick, New Jersey area. They soon began playing shows in New York and graduated to larger venues, opening for artists associated with producer/songwriter, Alex Houton. Houton produced much of Charlotte's early work and co-wrote, produced and contributed guitar work to her major label debut.

Charlotte was signed by Geffen Records and released Waves and the Both of Us in May 2008. The album peaked at #145 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[8] She performed at all venues on the 2008 Warped Tour, and the single "How I Could Just Kill A Man", whose title was inspired by the Cypress Hill song of the same name, was featured on the Warped Tour 2008 Tour Compilation.[9][10]

On May 14, 2010, she self-released a free EP entitled "Sideways." Her second EP, The Wait, was released on iTunes August 18, 2011.[11]

Charlotte was a contestant on Season 2 of NBC's The Voice. After having all four judges turn around in the blind audition round, she chose Blake Shelton as her coach. She was eliminated after the first live round.[12]

She finished working on her third EP, Circus Head, and was initially made available to PledgeMusic donators, with an iTunes release date of October 30, 2012.[13]

Charlotte is currently recording her fourth EP, "By Request," to be released in March. The lead single "Magic" premiered on November 18, 2013.[14]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Waves and the Both of Us 145 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Charlotte Sometimes
The Wait
Circus Head
By Request
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Digital Rock
"How I Could Just Kill a Man" 2008 Waves and the Both of Us
"Apologize 2012 Non-album songs released by The Voice
"Pumped Up Kicks"
"Misery Business" 24
"Brilliant Broke and Beautiful"[18] Circus Head
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes at SXSW". March 15, 2008. ELLEgirl. Retrieved on July 12, 2008.
  2. ^ Leebove, Laura (7 May 2008). "Charlotte Sometimes strikes balance between powerful and passive". Venus Zine. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Fulton, Katherine. "Charlotte Sometimes - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  4. ^ La Gorce, Tammy (16 March 2008). "It’s the Lipstick That Draws Attention, and the Name Helps Too". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Ortenzi, Rob (7 August 2008). "Charlotte Sometimes". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Savage, Lesley (8 May 2008). "'Waves & the Both of Us' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Anitai, Tamar (17 June 2008). "New Charlotte Sometimes Photos!". MTV. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Lustig, Jay (24 July 2008). "She's a real Sometimes girl". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Ostroff, Craig (15 September 2011). "Charlotte’s music book is wide open". Montgomery News. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Ford, Rebecca (3 April 2012). "'The Voice' Results Show: Four Contestants Eliminated After First Week of Live Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Parker, Lyndsey (30 May 2012). "Kickstart Their Art: How You Can Help Your Reality TV Faves Make Music". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
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  15. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
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