Grammy nominee Michael Charles at Leisure Tyme Jan. 17

Guitarist/songwriter/vocalist/producer Michael Charles is coming to Leisure Tyme on Saturday, Jan. 17. Performance starts at 9 p.m., and there is no cover charge.

Born in Victoria, Australia, Charles picked up his first guitar at age 5, and a spark was ignited that fired him to produce numerous singles and five original albums in his homeland alone. After enjoying much success in Australia in record sales, television appearances, radio air play, music videos, magazine interviews, live performances and touring, he came to the United States.

Michael Charles’ career in America started with an invitation from the legendary Buddy Guy to appear at “Buddy Guy’s Legends” and continuing on playing the whole Chicago Blues club circuit. But like Eric Clapton, Charles is more appropriately placed in the “pop” music category, while merging into styles such as rock, blues, soul and adult listening.

While Charles promises a few re-issues of his earlier albums, he does state: “… one cannot live in their past. The CDs I am releasing possess the type of songs that I feel can span the decades, and I have my feet firmly planted in American soil now, consider America my home, and I am confident my music from the past, present, and future will be accepted here. I hope to contribute to the ‘American music scene’ the same way I did in Australia.”

Charles has been a featured guest on Chicago’s WGN Television Morning News Show and was sponsored exclusively by Sam Phillips at Memphis Crossroads Music Conference. He has performed twice at Chicago Blues Fest, was a featured guest on WCBR Hambone’s Blues Hour, and has put in multiple appearances at Chicago House of Blues. He was nominated in the categories of Best New Artist in the 42nd Grammy Awards and Best Rock Album for Keep Walking and in the 43rd Grammy Awards for Best Pop Song and Best Producer for the CD single “Simple Day Living,” among other achievements.

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