I was born and raised mostly in NY, just north of NYC, with my older brother and a string of dogs. I liked everything my brother liked including Legos, treehouses and the A-Team. So when my brother picked up a guitar in grade school, I did too. While he played Jimi Hendrix, I played James Taylor.

I kept it up throughout high school and college, but wasn’t sold on pursuing music professionally. I hadn’t written any songs yet, and didn’t think I could. Not knowing what to do with my life after graduation, I decided to at least make myself useful while I figured it out, and joined the Peace Corps.

I taught health education in Kokomian, a small village on the western border of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. And when I wasn't working, I spent time with my friends in the village, and wrote songs. I started to see how much I'd taken for granted, and didn't want to pass up the chance to do something I love for a living, when so many people never get the chance to choose.

After 2 years, I came home, moved to NYC, and got a job bartending. I went to open mics at the Sidewalk Cafe and soon met producer and fellow-musician, Dan Rowe. Dan and I started working together on my debut album, I Get Stupid. A few weeks before its release, Dan accompanied me on bass at the Village Underground, and has been on stage with me ever since.

We released a live album, Live at the Roger Smith, in 2004, and took off on a self-booked 40+ date tour across the country. We put 10,000 miles on our car, played folk ballads in biker bars (I booked that one), and ran out of gas in the middle-of-nowhere, Nevada,... at midnight. It was a long but invaluable trip, and since then, we have been touring as much as we can.

In 2006, I signed a publishing deal with sonaBLAST! Records, the New York-based independent label that has worked with such emerging fellow grass roots artists as Mark Geary and Kelly McRae. They are currently re-releasing I Get Stupid, helping me get more exposure, and introducing me to a whole new audience.

And finally, we’re releasing our second studio album, North of New York in June of ’07, and looking forward to touring behind it for the summer!

So that’s the basic story so far. Thanks for reading, and I hope you like our music.

Charlotte


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High Res (CK/DR Promo)
High Res (CK/DR Live)

High Res (CK Promo)
High Res (CK Live)



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2007 11th Annual Unisong Songwriting Contest: Winner of Folk Category

2007 Telluride Troubadour Contest: Alternate and Honorable Mention

2007 We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards: Honorable Mention

2007 Plowshares Songwriting Competition: Finalist

2006 Kerrville Folk Festival: New Folk Finalist

2006 VH1 Song of the Year Contest: Folk Winner (March)

2005 Billboard Song Contest: Honorable mention

Opened for Richie Havens, David Wilcox, The Samples, Steve Forbert, Jackopierce, Lucy Kaplansky, Mark Geary and the Avett Brothers




NOTABLE VENUES:

Moonlight Music Café, Birmingham, AL
Plush, Tucson, AZ
Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, CA
Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA
Room 5 Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
The Last Day Saloon, San Francisco, CA
Acoustic Café, Bridgeport, CT
Fairfield Theater, Fairfield, CT
Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
Grand Emporium, Kansas City, KS
Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Johnny D’s, Somerville, MA
Westside Café, Frederick, MD
Del Rossi’s, Dublin, NH
The Towne Crier, Pawling, NY
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Mercury Lounge (New York. NY)
Pete’s Candy Store, Williamsburg, NY
The Living Room, NYC
Makor, NYC
Mo Pitkins, NYC
Postcrypt Coffeehouse, NYC
The Mercury Lounge, NYC
The Knitting Factory, NYC
The Cutting Room, NYC
The Parkside Lounge, NYC
The Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK
Steel City Coffeehouse, Phoenixville, PA
World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA
Stone Soup Coffeehouse, Pawtucket, RI
The Belcourt Theater, Nashville, TN
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX
The Continental, Houston, TX
The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
The Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, VA
Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV



FESTIVALS:

Black Potatoe Music Festival (Clinton, NJ)
Down on the Farm Festival (Quincy, FL)
Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival (Cambridge, MA)
Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, TX)
Kerrville Wine & Cheese Festival (Kerrville, TX)
Herndon Festival (Herndon, VA)
Vermont Festival of the Arts (Warren, VT)


HIGHSCHOOLS:

The Academy (Berkeley, CA)
The Thacher School (Ojai, CA)
Kent School (Kent, CT)
Westminster School (Simsbury, CT)
Brooks School (North Andover, MA)
Phillips Academy (Andover, MA)
Proctor Academy (Andover, NH)


COLLEGES:

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
Brown University (Providence, RI)
Spokane Community College (Spokane, WA)
U. Wisconsin - Green Bay (Green Bay, WI)