Chris Hawkins, BBC6 MUSIC
"A beautiful, captivating and delicious chanteuse”
New York International Film Awards, May 2021
BEST ACTRESS Finalist
Kate Bush, FISH PEOPLE
"Your song is playing in the office here!"
Of Romanian/British parentage, Ch'Lu, (formerly Camilla Mathias), trained as a classical guitarist, singer and actress (read more here) and has been picking up languages since she learned to speak. She is a polyglot polymath, driven to expand consciousness through creativity and performance, fusing the ancient and sacred with the voice of the Zeitgeist.
Ch'Lu last year was streamed in several hundred different cities worldwide and to date she has performed in twenty-two countries. Her ethereal harmonies, conscious lyrics and guitar arpeggiation are the foundation to her signature Cosmic Chanson meets Fairy Folktronica sound which she has composed and performed so far in thirteen languages.
She has played gigs in many contrasting venues from London’s Notting Hill Arts Club and Coronet to numerous private members clubs including opening the Hurlingham Club’s Time & Leisure Magazine Food & Culture Awards in 2018. Outside the UK some of her favourite gigs include: Dublin’s Grand Social, Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), ONO (Bern), Karussell (Zurich), FNAC (Lausanne), Culture Rapide (Paris) and Mutuo Centro De Arte (Barcelona).
Other music career highlights include being hosted by BBC6 Music’s Chris Hawkins (watch highlights here), recording with film composer Yann McCullough (Spectre:Bond, Grand Hotel Budapest), contributing guitar to Channel Four’s Award-winning Unreported World series, and composing and performing her OFFIE nominated music in the recent London stage adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding directed by George Richmond-Scott (Associate Director on hit musical Everyone’s Talking About Jamie). Ch'Lu's self-produced provocative debut music video Don't won The Honourable Mention Award at the recent New York International Film Awards, aired as Switzerland‘s La Télé channel’s Music Video of the Month, won Funniest Music Video at the Portland Comedy Film Awards in addition to numerous other wins and nominations (read more here) and is the closing music in TV comedy series Batshit. Ch'Lu's most-downloaded track Time That is Mine (read more here) was awarded the Grand Jury Prize as Best Song at the recent New York International Film Awards and has been chosen as theme-tune for the film The Litter Mermaid. Finally, her Romanian-Language track Sunt Romanca was selected for charity album Mitra Music for Nepal, produced by Annie Hogan (Marc Almond).
The self-produced debut release under her Ch'Lu persona, “Aum”, is an immersive, expansive & uplifting soundscape fusing hypnotic Sanskrit vocals, classical guitar arpeggiation and an electronic underscore. (Read more here). This track forms the beginnings of a full Sanskrit album - "The Goddess Within" - which she has been developing thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of England and will be releasing April 14th 2023 with support from Help Musicians UK. Under her Noroc label, she will be producing this sound medicine album with binaural field recordings, culminating in her debut solo concert as Ch'Lu at London's Piano Smithfield on April 18th 2023. (Limited tickets here). Ch'Lu is also delighted about the recent release of her painfully honest and relatable song and music video about dating apps: "I'm Not The Type To Sit And Swipe". Make sure you are following on social media, Bandsintown, Songkick, the Mailing List - or even better the Ch'Lu Club - and you won't miss a thing!
Ch'Lu has these last 18 months been growing a following on the world's largest meditation app Insight Timer, where she has a host of new music spanning from magical mantra soundscapes to quirky ditties. You can also catch her live Campfire sessions there, where she currently connects and uplifts a global crowd several times a week. She has also already been listed within the home for UK leading spiritual songwriters: Spirit Songs
Ch'Lu’s work as an actress is currently keeping her in comedy, from the central role in new sitcom Baggage (which she co-created with her sister, Lorelei Mathias) to the forthcoming Funny Women Awards Finalist Creative Writing 2.1 from Melon Comedy. Other work has included US FOX TV crime series Jo, opposite Jean Reno, the darkly comic In The Mix ( directed by Denis Lawson), which premiered at the BFI and The Witches at the Wyndham's West End opposite Ruby Wax. She also had the central role written for her in Marco Ghelardi's award-winning Italian-language production of Di Come Savona Ebbe Il Suo Teatro and starred in the recent Spanish/US action/thriller Escape From Marwin. Ch'Lu's voice takes on many guises, from animation series Emmy & Goo Roo, to Sci-Fi audiobooks Manhattan In Reverse to the latest Puro Earth campaign (also see Voice-Over Demo).
Another passion of Ch'Lu's is painting, so look out for her artwork within her music releases, in addition to some weird and wonderful merch and commissions. She also features in new German-language non-fiction Zwei Kartoffeln in Laos, by Tanja Weidner and she has a few sets of lyrics published in the London Society Club Poetry Anthology.
So, Ch'Lu is the new Camilla Mathias. Pronounced ChooLOO, the unique Sanskrit name was conceived by Ch'Lu's Jyotish (The Vedic Study of Timing) mentor, to power and support her creative and performance work moving forward. The transition is in it's early stages, hence you will still find earlier work under Camilla Mathias.