The mercurial Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Chloe Charles has already been compared to a variety of legends like Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Björk and Alicia Keys, but mostly she is her own person. Charles combines freak-folk elements like violins and strange electronic sounds with an intense, soulful voice. Her fame started with the well-received EP Green Bud, after which she went on an extensive tour. Now, her first album Break The Balance has been released to widespread acclaim from critics all over the world. The album is filled with strong, emotional songs, like the penetrating, bittersweet My Child, for which she used words of her mother as a starting point. This past fall, she made an impression at the new jazz festival So What’s Next? and at the Crossing Border festival. This summer she will perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival for the first time.