February 21, 2011

Charlie Williams

He undoubtedly gets compared to Justin Bieber. After all, they are both singers.  They are also the same age, both cute with great hair…..However, if you were to put on Charlie William’s sophomore CD Dreams Come True, I think you’d be thinking more of Josh Groban as a teenager. There is that maturity of voice that takes over and captivates you……..

Charlie Williams has been singing since he was 6. An Aunt asked him to sing the National Anthem at a parade. He did. A capella. And he and the world discovered, he could sing! He was asked to join the world-renowned VOENA (Voices of Eve’n Angel’s) Children’s Choir and was the former soloist.  VOENA, performing for such dignitaries as former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, as well Pope John Paul II, has enabled Charlie to study music in 20 languages and travel the world. “Through the years he has developed an amazing voice,” states VOENA Choir Director Annabelle Marie (a protégé of the esteemed vocal coach Judy Davis), “Just when I think he can’t top himself, he does.”

His 2009 debut album I Only Dream Of You (released under the name Charlie Baggett) rose to #8 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart and remained on the chart for 22 weeks. “Dreams Come True” is a carefully selected mix of both timeless classics (“The Rose’” “Something,” Fields Of Gold,” “Smile”) and well-known classical pieces performed with original lyrics for the first time, “Dreams Come True” showcases both the vocal mastery of this young wunderkind and ageless elegance of these songs.  My favorite is a tie between the title song and Charlie’s favorite, his cover of the old Bread song “If”.

At 16, Charlie has also shared the stage with Jon Anderson of YES, Jonathan Cain of Journey and Carlos Santana’s percussionist Karl Perazzo. He has performed as a Special Guest Artist of The California Symphony and as a featured artist for the National Association Of Women Judges. He regularly performs at local community events (including a Memorial Day ceremony honoring his late grandfathers, one of which was a WWII pilot).  And as a side note to those who schedule the Super Bowl artists, listen to his National Anthem and book this man. Not only does he know the words, he can sing it a capella!

He also generously volunteers both performance and personal time to Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. He and his family have adopted two Chihuahuas through the foundation.  All of this while being a junior in high school. He is doing independent study and his favorite subjects are physics, history and English. In some ways he is your typical 16-year-old-guy, into gaming, baseball, building websites and cars. He just got his driver’s license. Next year he gets his pilot’s license. All of his spare time is spent at the hangar or in the skies manning a Cessna 172. Aviation is in his genes, in addition to his pilot grandfather; Charlie’s great aunt was a stunt pilot during the 1930’s. I am hoping for a ride and flying tips in the future.

“Dreams Come True” is currently available on all digital download sites (iTunes, Rhapsody, etc) and is available physically through Amazon.com <http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Come-True-Charlie-Williams/dp/B004MN3HOC/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1297372657&sr=1-1. “Dreams Come True” is produced by the multi-platinum record producer Joel Diamond and multi-Grammy Winner Rudy Perez. “We are about to experience one of the most exciting new international recording artists and concert attractions in years,” says Diamond of this star-on-the-rise.  Diamond isn’t kidding!

For more on Charlie see……….http://www.CharlieWilliamsMusic.comhttp://www.Facebook.com/CharlieWilliamsMusichttp://www.Twitter.com/CharlieWMusic

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