Her song, Juicebox, tells her story: A young life mixed with family addiction, confusion, love and finally understanding. She had to grow up fast, living between 2 families, never knew her father and lost her mother at age 6. But from the beginning and through it all, there was always music. What she wants most for this song is for it to be able to help bring awareness to addiction and to help kids living in similar situations.
Charlie feels lucky that she had a loving adopted family right there for her, but it was the music that really helped, from listening to favorite artists (Nirvana & Paramore) to exploring her own voice.
By the age of 9 she was performing the National Anthem at events, got the lead part singing in a school concert and her first guitar. That following year she started performing annually at the Everglades City Seafood Festival and at age 13 she cut her first cover demo and was performing anywhere she could. She attended her elementary and middle school years in her hometown, Everglades City, but transferred to Lely High in Naples, Florida to take advantage of the music program. That summer before her first year of high school, at age 15, she attended a music camp (Camp Jam) in Atlanta Georgia and that opened up the music world for her.
In June 2019 her first song Blue Eyes, (written at age 14), was released. Her first competition and being the youngest selected for the Creative Mind Records music competition, she performed the acoustic version.
Everything she does is about the music. Outside of school she takes lessons. Guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals. In school she has 3 music classes; Jazz Band on electric guitar, Orchestra on upright bass and percussion in marching band. Her other teachers, realizing her musical talent lets her write and sing songs for school projects. Outside of school she continues to add in more competitions and local gigs. Some of her performances locations outside of the local venues include: Key West, Florida @ Smoking Tuna, Nashville, Tennessee @ Belcourt Taps, Memphis, Tennessee @ Beale Street and New Orleans busking the French Quarter.
Local performances have included Angler's Cove, Dylan's Drafthouse, 5th Avenue, Camilla Street, Taste of the Everglades, Little Bar, Dogtooth, Jamfest, Golden Gate Library, JRoberts Songwriter Showcase and Everglade City Seafood Festival.
Charlie's volunteer work includes helping with The Friends of Foster Families and The Sunshine Kids. "Who doesn't want to help kids" Charlie says.
Charlie spends her spare time writing songs. She has to date about 20 songs in the works. The first 2 singles were recorded with the help of Ray Nesbit @ RPM Studio and include instrumentals by Ray Nesbit, Rich Rahlf & Darrell Nutt. Her first video "JuiceBox" directed by Darrell Nutt.
Charlie's goal is to release first an EP this year and then following a full album. You can listen here:
and video here: