Fifteen-year-old American singer, songwriter and actress Carly Rose Sonenclar was the runner-up on the second season of the U.S. version of the X Factor. Following her appearance on the show, she was signed by Syco Entertainment, a recording label which is a joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Simon Cowell. She is currently in the studio writing and recording her debut album.
In early 2014, Carly was named one of the seventeen most powerful women under 21 years old by Seventeen magazine.
Carly started singing at the age of two and has continued on her journey since then. She began her professional career in 2006 in The Night of the Hunter, in which she played the lead role of Pearl.
Carly made her Broadway debut at the age of seven in Les Miserables as Young Cosette. In 2009-2010 Carly appeared in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie The Musical with Melissa Gilbert and in 2011 Carly originated the principal role of Chloe in Wonderland on Broadway. In her role in Wonderland she garnered great reviews including one by the New York Times critic Charles Isherwood, who described her as an “almost preternaturally skilled singer.” She is also a featured soloist on the cast CD produced by Sony Masterworks and was named the 2011 Best Young Performer by broadwayworld.com.
Her big screen credits include Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and The Nanny Diaries, and she has appeared in television series such as The Electric Company (PBS) and Law & Order: SVU (NBC).
Vocal appearances have included singing the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden and at the US Open Tennis Tournament. In April of 2014, she performed at the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Arlington, TX and has twice performed at Birdland, the legendary New York City jazz club.
She is proud to volunteer her time to support various charities, including performing at the K.I.D.S. Fashion Delivers benefit at which Barack Obama was the keynote speaker, and The Hillside Food Outreach benefit, accompanied by former NY Yankee great Bernie Williams. Carly is currently an Ambassador for The Starlight Children’s Foundation of NY/NJ and CT.