Charissa makes her move
By Chari Albin
I ventured out to the Cactus Moon Saloon in Everett last month to hear one of my good friends’ niece, Charissa Arquette, sing karaoke. I was blown away!
Charissa’s life-long dream has been to become a widely known and well-respected singer.
Born in Everett, Washington on May 7, 1987, Charissa’s Great-Grandmother had her singing at the tender age of 3, and playing the piano at the age of 5. She moved to Spokane with her mom and brother, and played the violin through 5th and 6th grade. Middle school had her active in choir. Her 10th grade school choir would compete with other schools.
Charissa’s done a few talent shows, let me tell ya. After her Sophomore year, she moved back to Everett to live with her Aunt Beth Arquette. Aunt Beth urged her to try out for American Idol when she was 17. She was so nervous that she sang the wrong song.
At 20, she moved back to Spokane, had a son, and only sang in the car and around the house. At 21, of course she wasted no time getting out to sing karaoke at the local bars. Soon, she was a proud owner of a home karaoke machine.
Now 25, while in Everett visiting her Aunt Beth last month, Charissa had the opportunity to sing in front of a band player, and a music producer. Both were impressed. Two days later, she met with the music producer and began recording her first song, a song for which she wrote the lyrics herself.
Charissa is excited to be relocating to Everett in June, hoping to keep her dream alive! Immediately upon returning, she will sign a recording contract of her own, and will be peforming in a band. Wish her all the luck she needs, pat her on the back, and congratulate her. Dreams really do come true.