Whether it’s called Blue-Eyed, Old-School,
Rebirth or Neo
one truth remains...
is the New Voice of Soul.
Rarely does an artist so intrigue and captivate audiences like charleyBRAND. When people get a first good look at the Soul Singer they are never ready for what comes next. It’s the voice that does it. The voice that billows out of the dark & smoky Gin Joints of Downtown. The voice that floats into the Cosmopolitan Supper Clubs of Uptown. The voice of Soul.
When the man first appears to audiences most see just another kid behind a microphone. What they hear? Well, take listen and you just might find yourself echoing the sentiment of the crowd, "what lies within charleyBRAND just may be the future of Neo-Soul and Nu-Blues."
It's obvious that Gospel Music has greatly influenced charleyBRAND and it is not uncommon for captivated audiences everywhere to draw comparisons to Donnie Hathaway, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder & Bryan McKnight. So it comes as quite a surprise to find that charleyBRAND is the product of a predominately White-Middle-Class-Suburban upbringing. Inevitably the questions arise:
"where does that soul come from?" &
"how did a voice like that come out of a white boy?"
Well, charley prefers to address the cultural contradiction that is his music in a historic and rather philosophical sense. "I do know one thing", charley leans forward, "what moves me, what makes my soul wanna sing; has and always will be the healing powers of African-American music. From the Slave Spiritual to Gospel to Blues to Jazz to Soul & Hip-Hop. Each musical period addressed a social ill and each period helped to soothe the soul of the people living through that illness. I feel like the Lord has put me here to be a part of another musical healing process in America."
Well, let's all get in line for the healing!
charleyBRAND (27) is a singer/songwriter/producer. He also serves as Executive Director of both The charleyBRAND Entertainment Cooperative & ThewisdomPROJECT.
He lives in Denver, Co. with his wife Angelique & son Cahlel.