Charlie was born in Rochester, NY and spent his school years toggling between classical piano lessons and skateboarding. He began playing keyboard by ear in middle school and was leading a 5 piece rock band in high school.
Greenville College (Illinois) was where he studied piano performance and studio recording, but it was cut short when he and some roommates formed the Grammy-winning band Jars of Clay. They recorded and toured with many awards and highlights for over 20 years.
The past 5 years, Charlie has stayed in the Nashville area doing a combination of producing young artists, composing for tv and short film, teaching and studio sessions for other artists. He lives in Franklin with his wife Sonja and 3 boys.
Charlie’s Teaching Philosophy: “Listen, encourage, grow forward and have a good time along the way.”
Question & Answers
What are you most passionate about professionally? What excites you about your work and the contribution you can make?
“I love collaborating and encouraging young artists. I have experience through a few different seasons of the business and it mostly comes down to relationships and passion about music.”
Why are you passionate about teaching?
“Music is an incredible hobby, and has the potential be a great career. Either way, I like to find ways to help students enjoy practicing, be it traditional sheet music playing or learning how to dissect and play a pop song.”
What is your favorite local spot to spend time at when you’re not working?
“Most days, I work at a studio just south of Nashville, so frequent favorites are *th & ROAST coffee and Baja Burrito for lunch!”
Of all the places you have traveled, which is your favorite?
“I love the pacific northwest- the blend of coast, mountain, river, fresh air, coffee & food is lovely. Porland, OR or Seattle, WA are faves. Alaska in the summer as well!”
What is your favorite quote?
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich