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Singing Tips Live: Highlights from Atomic Soul Album Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl 

NY-Vocalist, Benita Charles in New York City




Preachermann & The Revival presented Atomic Soul Album Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, September 9th. The show was a success supported by close family, friends and fans.


3 Lessons Learned from the Show:


Lesson 1: You Have To Prepare For Greatness

--- There's a lot of preparations that goes into planning a huge show at a premier venue.

--- Planning rehearsals fro an 11-piece band, managing everyone's schedule and making sure everyone had the music who couldn't attend rehearsals proved challenging.

--- You have to make sure the music and merchandise are ready by showtime.

--- Promoting the show and getting the word out is also very important through social media, event listings and word of mouth.


Lesson 2: You Have To Show Up and Put Your Best Foot Forward

--- You've put in the rehearsal and had the sound check before the show now it's time to perform.  If you're prepared properly, you can just perform and not worry about all the technical things that go into the performance.

--- My experience: I got lost in the music and let all my inhibitions go.  I was totally free and it felt so good.  The stage is my home!


Lesson 3: You Can Judge Your Success By The Experience Of The Audience

--- The feedback from the audience was outstanding. They had a great experience. They were still glowing after the show.

---The audience's reaction let's us know that the show as a huge success. This is why we do what we do what we do.


Preachermann's thoughts:

Preachermann thought the show was great and well worth the effort. The benefits have long lasting effects. He impressed important people in the audience that he found out after he performed. It proves that you never know who will be in the audience. You always have to do your best.

One of the lessons he learned was to make sure he prepares ahead of time to record the show.  He found out 10 minutes before the show that he could have recorded the show but it was too late for the venue to prepare.

Preachermann's motto: "40 or 40,000. Rock it the same."




Preachermann & The Revival Band:


Ed Holley "Preachermann" -- Lead Vocals

Benita Charles -- Background Vocals

Nik Chinbukas -- Guitar

Tom Pope -- Drums

Paul Paldino -- Bass

Karl Watson -- Saxophone, Violin

Manny Montanez - Percussion

Max Keisling - Keyboard

Elijah Thomas -- Tenor Sax, Flute

Salieu Suso -- Kora

Max Deger -- Trumpet


A Special Thanks to all who came out to the Brooklyn Bowl Show! 


A Night To Remember: A special thanks to our family, friends and fans who came to the Atomic Soul Album Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl last night! It was an incredible night of great music, good friends and great vibes. Preachermann’s music is such a freeing experience. The band was on fire last night!

Atomic Soul is now available on all major outlets including: iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal and SoundCloud! Shalimar!!

For immediate access, visit:


Preachermann & The Revival




Family, Friends & Fans


Preachermann Album Release Party at Brooklyn Bowl - Sept 9th! 





Preachermann: Album Release Party at the Brooklyn Bowl 


Come celebrate Preachermann & The Revival’s new album, Atomic Soul at the legendary, Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, September 9th at 8pm!


Get up in the water and get wet! Bathe in the waters of Atomic Soul as the world is reminded how to feel and love again! Shalimar! 


Visit for live performances and more details. 


Preachermann & The Revival Band: 

Ed Holley “Preachermann” (Vocals), Benita Charles (Vocals), Nik Chinbukas (Guitar), Tom Pope (Drums), 

Paul Paldino (Bass), Karl Watson (Saxophone, Violin), Manny Montanez (Percussion), Max Keisling (Keyboard), Elijah Thomas (Tenor Sax, Flute), Salieu Suso (Kora) and Max Deger (Trumpet) 

About Atomic Soul: 

 Atomic Soul is an anthology of classic soul that covers the spectrum of rhythm & blues, reggae, world beat and a little bit of country. Atomic Soul creates an original and engaging sound of rhythmic beats, haunting melodies and deceptively simple lyrics, delivered with an impassioned intensity that resonates deeply with fans and conveys the spirituality and humility that is the foundation of Preachermann’s work. 


Atomic Soul Album: 11 unique creations and tributes to some of the greatest artists of classic soul: 

Familiar To Me (2 versions) – Classic House Beats 

You Were My Queen – Contemporary R&B 

Atomic Soul – R&B Tribute to Marvin Gaye 

Freshly Glazed – Mind-Expanding Funk 

Water is Rising – Socially-Conscious R&B 

Wine in The Mountain – Reggae-Inspired Anthem 

Africa Calling – World Beat Anthem 

Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice – Country Soul 

Simply Beautiful – Old School R&B With a Twist 

I Done Changed – Down Home Blues 


What They’re Saying: 

About the Industry: 

“The year 2020 must be marked by a new direction in music that shakes up the world and puts the focus back in the art and the creators – not on the latest technical trend…In 2020, music will shine again! Those who create something unique will thrive.” Mike Gormley, LA Personal Management & Industry Leader 


About the Artist: 

“I love the minimal approach to his songs…less is more. It’s a beautiful ride from the start and his vocals are extremely haunting, yet very addictive. He reminds me of a young sounding Bill Withers at times. His songs are so fresh and the delivery is perfect.” DJ Bob, London 

“With a voice that reminds you of Curtis Mayfield with a bit of Al Green during his chain rockin’ shirtless period. Preachermann channels the energy of many soul singers of the past… Apparent in his interaction with the audience at live shows…you can see that it’s not all about him.” 

“Impassioned, yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious old-school style soul crooner, Preachermann & The Revival…Sort of the missing link between late-period Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron.” NY Music Daily.World 


Performance Details: 










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A Special Thanks to all who attended the Harlem Library Show! 

My Musical Journey To Love: My performance at the Harlem Library today was wonderful! I am so grateful to my family and friends who came out and supported me! I appreciate your support from the bottom of my heart!



A special thanks to Jean Harripersaud of the Harlem Library for inviting me to perform in their Harlem Week programming. I enjoyed sharing my musical journey with the audience and singing my music.


 Highlights from Harlem Library Show: 


1) You Have To Show Up 

o   Because I showed up, new people were exposed to my music and I found new fans. 

o   There were fans who attended who didn’t know me and were curious from the promotion of the library 


2)·I Designed The Performance As A One-Woman Show 

o   I named the show, Benita Charles: My Musical Journey to Love. 

o   In the show, I shared my background: how I started singing, my experience through various stages of my career to the present projects. 

o   The design of the show worked out great for the way the space was designed. 

o   Jean from the library love the way I designed the show with my speech of who I am in the beginning and concert at the end because it gave context to the songs. 


3)·I Received Rave Reviews From The Audience & Staff 

o   The audience was fully engaged and invested in the show 

o   The audience was thoroughly entertained 

o   I received positive feedback from the staff at the library as well 

o   That lets me know I did my job! 


4)·The Library Wants Me To Return In October 

o   Jean plans to promote it better for greater attendance! 

o   I plan to promote it heavily as well

o   I plan to expand the show and add more content to my story



Speaker Series & Concert: Benita Charles 



Exclusively for Harlem Week: I will present a special presentation at the Harlem Public Library on August 3rd. 

At the event, I will share my musical journey and my approach to songwriting. I will also perform my original music from my Moments In Love CD, We Can Make A Difference EP as well as my new single, Never Ever Give Up! I look forward to sharing my passion and joy to the audience.

I hope you can join me! (This is a free event.)


About Benita Charles: 

Benita Charles is a singer/songwriter/producer who resides in Harlem. Her voice and her music can be described as soul-stirring and inspirational and she strives to entertain and connect with her audience with each live performance. Her debut CD, Moments In Love: Volume 1 and her new single, Never Ever Give Up are available on iTunes, Spotify and CD Baby. Presently, she hosts and online artist development show called, Singing Tips Live with Benita Charles on Facebook Live.





A Special Thanks to all who came out to Blackhorn 51 last night! 




A special thanks to all who came out to Blackhorn 51 last night! It was an awesome night and the audience was on fire! 

Tonight was special because we were short our guitar player but we pushed through and performed anyway and we nailed it! It was so wonderful to know that we touched people's lives and made people happy with our music.  We made new friends and fans and enjoyed other great artists who played.  It was truly a magical night! 

Thanks to our fans! You make all the hard work so worth it!!! Shalimar!


Here are 3 Lessons Learned from the Blackhorn 51 Show:


1) You Have To Take Risks:

  • Preachermann & The Revival lost his guitar player at the last minute due to an family emergency.
  • The band was also playing with a new keyboardist who hadn't had a chance to practice with the band.
  • Preachermann made an executive decision to go on with the show and the band knocked it out the park.
  • The audience loved us and we wouldn't have met our new fans if we didn't show up.
  • You have to show up!

2) Always Bring Your A-Game:

  • One band stood out from the crowd, Concrete Dreams (a hiphop/EDM/hardcore metal crossover project)
  • They were the last act of the night and most people had left. They played as if there were 1,000 of people in the audience
  • They were polished, dynamic and professional.  They totally blew me away and made me a believer in their music
  • I spoke to the drummer, Juan afterwards.  He said the band has been working hard for 2 years and they are finally starting to make strides.  They have a song coming out on a new Netflix show and they are trending on Spotify. It was so inspiring as an artist to see them.

3) You Have To Put Yourself Out There and Network:

  • You never know who you will meet and what will inspire you.
  • You should collaborate with other artists to cross promote and each will gain new fans.
  • I met so many great fans and artists also we had new people who saw us.


It was an incredible night of music, beautiful people and good vibes!!!


Preachermann & The Revival brings atomic soul to Blackhorn 51 - July 12th! 

Preachermann & The Revival will present a soulful set at the Butterbrain EP "This House Is On Fire" Release Party at Blackhorn 51 (80-12 51st Ave. - Queens (Elmhurst) on July 12th.


Get up in the water and get wet with the atomic soul sounds of Preachermann & The Revival. Shalimar!


Showtime: 8:00 pm. $10 advance/$12 at the door.

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Happy 4th of July from Benita Charles Music! 



Dear Friends:


Happy 4th of July!! I hope you have a happy and safe holiday!


Enjoy the "Star Spangled Banner" featuring NY-Vocalist, Benita Charles.


Much love,


"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"


***The Star Spangled Banner, featuring Benita Charles appears on We Can Make A Difference by Benita Charles. *** 




Happy Birthday to ME! 


Today is a special day for me because it is my birthday! I love it when Google remembers my birthday! ;)

One of the things I’m truly grateful for is YOU.  I appreciate the love and support you’ve shown me through the years for all of my creative endeavors. You are truly amazing!

Here are the top 5 Lessons I learned this year:


1) Be Grateful

-- Sometimes when you're too ambitious and always wanting more leads to being unhappy and things never being enough.

-- Gratitude makes you happy and puts you in a mindset for abundance.


2) Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

-- Life isn't always perfect. You have to accept things as is sometimes.

-- Don't everything so serious all the time. Lighten up!


3) Never Ever Give Up

-- Keep pushing and striving for your dreams and goals, even when you don't feel like it.

-- Don't stop until you've accomplished your goals


4) Celebrate Your Success

-- For the first time ever, I wrote down everything I accomplished this year.  I was amazed at how much I accomplished in every aspect of my left.  That negative voice in my head told me I didn't do anything but when I looked over my list, I realized there was a lot I accomplished.  It made me so proud of myself.  I encourage you to do the same. Write down everything you accomplished this year and pat yourself on the back. You deserve it.  This is definitely going to be an annual tradition for me!


5) Reward Yourself

-- Now it's time to do something fun or something that you love as a reward for all your accomplishments this year!


***A special thanks to all my fans for your continued love and support! I love you!!! ***