Charles Walker’s musical versatility is demonstrated through his strong, passionate vocals, monstrous saxophone leads and funky keyboard parts. Walker, once a stand-up and improvisational comedian, is known for his spontaneous, engaging banter. Walker also spends hours planning and rehearsing the band’s show so it is musically tight AND visually engaging. One fan said, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”
Price Range: $2000-$3000
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
The Charles Walker Band show is different from most acts because of the element of visual appeal and audience interaction. The band spends hours working on the movement to create a high interest show. As well, they incorporate the audience in sections of sing alongs as well as great stage banter throughout the performance. The music itself gets crowds up and dancing right away. Combine all that with highly trained musicians, and you see a world class act every show.
Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has refined their unique sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk, R&B and soul infused with melodic pop influences. Though compared to an array of musicians (Prince, Bruno Mars, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, George Clinton, and James Brown), their music retains deep gospel influences and positive lyrical messages.
Growing up, Walker was influenced by Luther Allison, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. He synthesized those influences while contributing his own ever-growing musical and personal maturity into the CWB sound. Walker has played saxophone since the sixth grade, when a music teacher said, despite his protests, he had the perfect mouth for it. He continued his training on sax and keys throughout college, participating in the prestigious UW Eau Claire jazz program.
Charles Walker’s musical versatility is demonstrated through his strong, passionate vocals, monstrous saxophone leads and funky keyboard parts. Walker, once a stand-up and improvisational comedian, is known for his spontaneous, engaging banter. Walker also spends hours planning and rehearsing the band’s show so it is musically tight AND visually engaging. One fan said, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!” Porsche Carmon shares the lead vocal role as well as performing on congas, which adds another dimension and excitement to the performance. (Nathan P lays rhythms on guitar, Brian Kennedy backs the band on bass, while Josh McHatten nails down drums.)
As a testament to their live magic, the group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, Aaron Neville, Robert Cray, BB King, Richard Marx, Eddie Shaw (Howlin Wolf’s Sax Player), Booker T, Cameo and Bernard Allison. The ensemble has been featured on Fox News, NBC “Live in the Morning,” nationally syndicated “Discover Wisconsin,” and was the featured artist on the Blues Revue (2010) and Soul Bag (2007) sampler CDs and has been nominated four years in a row for best soul/r&b act in Wisconsin by WAMI, winning the award in 2013.
Counting Ghetto Prophet, Charles has released eight albums, each album an evolution in their sound. Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records: "One in a Million, where the title of the album comes from, tells the story of a child who grows up impoverished and becomes something great. In this album, I again departed further in funk and Motown while remembering it’s 2015.”
Additional Booking Notes
Need a 24 input board for sound, minimum of 4 monitor mixes.
Soul Deep (Original) [Funk]
Can’t Hide Love (Original) [Funk]
H8RS (Original) [Funk/Pop]
Keep Takin (Original) [Blues]
One in a Million (Original) [Funk/Pop]
Pass the Peas (Cover) [Funk]
Funked Up (Original) [Funk]
Ain’t No Sunshine (Cover) [R&B]
Stones in My Passway (Cover) [Funk/Rock]
Influences & Inspiration
Prince, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Sharon Jones, James Brown, Maceo Parker, Chaka Khan
Keyboard (3) (3 DIs needed)
Wireless Vocal (Provided)
Wiress Sax Mic (Provided)
Bass Amp (Built in DI)
Drum Kit (5 piece)
Horn Mics (2) (SM 57 or Better)
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