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Charlotte Nicdao | Grace
Nicdao is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and actress. A student of music from a young age, she began learning classical piano, studying the Suzuki method, at four years old. In 2008, Nicdao was granted a full scholarship to attend the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (a specialist arts school) as a music student.
After graduating, she attended the Victorian College of the Arts University as a vocalist, studying in the improvisation/jazz stream. In 2011, Nicdao was a finalist for the prestigious Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship, which gave her the opportunity to perform at the Mt Gambier Jazz Festival and work with internationally acclaimed trumpeter James Morrison.
In 2012, Nicdao launched her pop project Charlotte Nicdao and the Sloth Orchestra. Drawing on elements of her classical and jazz training to write and arrange music for the project, the band enjoyed a successful debut, reaching the top of the Triple J Unearthed pop charts with the single "Would It Be Weird." They played various shows around Melbourne to packed venues. In February 2013, the band conducted a crowd-funding campaign on Pozible.com to fully fund the recording and release of their debut EP. The EP was recorded at the iconic Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne with sound engineer Adam Rhodes and will be released in August 2013.
Nicdao's acting career began almost by accident when her father's agent submitted her for a role in the Southern Star children's television series "A Gurl's Wurld." She gained a lead role in the series, which was co-produced by Screen Australia, and was filmed on location in Sydney, Singapore and Hamburg, Germany. It has aired in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as in Australia on Channel 9 (2011-12). She also contributed to the soundtrack for the series, co-writing some of the songs and singing on each track.
Nicdao's other notable roles include being cast as Tina in the highly successful Australian miniseries "The Slap," where she worked with directors Tony Ayres and Matthew Saville. She will appear in upcoming Australian series "Time of Our Lives" as pop star Clara Bell. The series will feature her singing some of her own songs as the character.