Hello, I`m Charlesy and welcome to my website, this is my story.
I write songs, in fact I`ve always written songs. In the early days I just wrote lyrics as I had no musical training. Later on I learned to play the guitar and started to write the music as well. I also sing lead vocals and harmony on all of my songs that you find on iTunes, Spotify etc and arrange and produce the songs. There is nothing more that I would like than for a quality singer to record my work but until then, I`m stuck with singing them myself! My songs were never easy to categorise as they range from ballads to folk, to rock and roll, to acoustic etc. I`ve long since given up trying to `formularise` the songs, they will just, well....emerge.....!
Ten years ago I was stuck in the corporate rut and hating every minute. The dull meetings, long hours, corporate politics, tedious presentations and Sunday evenings spent dreading the week ahead. It was like wishing your life away. The fact is that it is so difficult to make the break from the grind, downsize, do what you want to do and still be able to pay the bills.
All I ever really wanted to do was to write songs and get them recorded to a reasonable level in the hope that they finally reached a wider audience. Whilst I do sing all of my songs, my first love is as a songwriter. I am fortunate that my songs have been played on many radio and TV stations both in the UK and overseas, including BBC Radio 2, and ITV TV soap Emmerdale.
Whilst I tend not to perform gigs these days, I did spend 21 enjoyable years playing gigs with my old band The Accelerators. I also played gigs in the Dominican Republic with Los Treize Rebeldes including 3 memorable gigs in the womens prison at Najayo to publicise prison reforms which were put in place to make them more humane.
As I write this, you will only find about 12 songs on this site/Spotify, iTunes, youtube etc although I have a stock pile of material which I`m planning to record and upload in the coming weeks, months and years.
All of the artwork for the song covers derives from my original photographs. After `dropping out ` of corporate life one way that I found to pay the bills was to take and sell photographs. This gave me a great opportunity to indulge a love of travel and spending time in my beloved campervan!
I hope that you enjoy at least one of my songs, thanks for reading.
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Above: Some of my photo`s used as song covers
Left: A jam around the campfire with campervan in the background!