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Rest in Peace: Little Richard, Andre Harrell and Betty Wright 

Rest in Peace: Little Richard, Andre Harrell and Betty Wright

 

 

Rest In Peace: This past week we've lost 3 legends in the music business: 

The charismatic musician and founding father of Rock & Roll, Little Richard. His songs, "Tutti Frutti", "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly Miss Molley" were trailblazer hits and influenced such major artists such as The Beetles, and Elvis Presley. 

Shrewd music business executive & founder of Uptown Records, Andre Harrell. He launched the careers of helped launched the careers hip-hop artists such as Heavy D & The Boyz, Russell Simmons and Sean “Diddy” Combs and many more. 

The electric and sassy Soul singer, Betty Wright. Her signature song, "Clean Up Woman" topped the charts. She eventually ran her own label and because a producer, working with such artists as Gloria Estafan and Joss Stone. 

These icons have given so much of their talents and gifts and have left a huge impact on the music industry and legacies will live on for generations to come. My condolences and prayers to their family, friends and all the fans who love them.

 

 

Happy Mother's Day! 

Dear Friends: 

Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful mothers today!  May you have a day of love, joy and happiness. Kick your feet up and relax - you deserve it! 

Thank you for all you do for your families and beyond. Your dedication and hard work is admirable and inspiring. We honor you today and always! 

Much Love, 

Benita Charles Music 

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

http://benitacharles.com

 

 

A Special Thanks to all the Essential Workers for your Service! 

A special thanks to all the Essential Workers who are keeping our nation running smoothly during this crisis. We are so grateful for your service! You are our Unsung Heroes.

 

Thanks To All Essential Workers: 

Doctors, nurses, medical workers, policemen, firemen, emergency service workers, military service workers, custodial and sanitation workers, emergency service workers, home health care workers, nursing home workers, scientific researchers, food bank workers, grocery store workers, restaurant/food service workers, farmers/farm workers, human services workers, funeral services workers, gas station workers, bus drivers, MTA workers, railway workers, airline workers, auto/bike repair workers, hardware store workers, convenience store workers, public health workers, scientific researchers, journalists/news industry workers, US postal service workers, packaging, shipping, and delivery workers, moving company workers, food service workers, laundry/cleaners service workers, and teachers, childcare workers, veterinarians/pet care workers, and workers at community shelters. 

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Thank you for your dedication, service and courage! We honor you.

 

We all have to do our part to keep our Essential Workers healthy by social distancing, wearing our face masks/gloves in public and staying home as much as possible!

 

 

 

Thank you for supporting my Singing Tips Live Show! 

A special thanks to all my fans who've supported my Singing Tips Live Show on Facebook Live through the years! Your support means the world to me and has kept me inspired to do the show all these years.  I'm so happy you've found value out of the show.

Thank you...thank you...THANK YOU!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Am Song Concert Series: Sugar Bar NYC - 2/28/20 

Weekend Performance: If you're looking for something to do this weekend, I will be performing at the Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar this Friday, February 28th at 8 pm for the I Am Song Concert Series, hosted by Alexander The Griot!

 

Join us for an evening of great music and entertainment. ($10 cover)

 

Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar is located at 254 W 72nd St, in New York City on the Upper West Side.

 

 

A Special NYE 2019 at Rubulad! 

Preachermann & The Revival at Rubulad New Year's Eve 2019

 

A special thankks to all our friends who rang in the New Year's with a bang at the eclectic hotspot, Rubulad in Brookyln on New Year's Eve 2019! It was such a magical night and the audience loved every minute of it.  That's how we know we rocked it! Shalimar!

 

 

Happy New Year 2020!!! 

Dear Friends:  

 

Happy New Year 2020!! I wish you a year of prosperity, good health, love, happiness, joy, wealth and good fortune!  

This year is special because it marks the beginning of a new decade. May this decade be the best decade ever for you and your family! 

Thank you so much for your continued support of my creative endeavors. There will be more exciting events and new music this year! I'll keep you posted. 

Best wishes and I hope all your dreams come true in 2020!!  

Much love, 

Benita Charles Music 

Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment! 

http://benitacharles.com  

 

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AS I CLOSE THE DOOR 

Dear Lord, as I close the door on the old year, I ponder the things I've done... the things I've said and the joys I've had I wonder, have I lost or won? 

I've thought of new friends I have made, and the old ones, staunch and true... the paths of the old year made easier, Lord, because I have walked them with You 

I think of all the many times, when my burdens were so heavy to bear, and how my faith slipped away from me but somehow You were always there 

Now, as I open the door to this New Year, and carefully peep inside, I wonder what it holds for me... but I'll throw the door open wide. 

Whatever it brings to me and mine, I'll meet it with a heart so true... I know that, Lord, whatever it may be, You'll be there to carry me through! 

--Merrei Thompson 

 

Singing Tips Live: Last Show of 2019 - End of a Decade  

 

Singing Tips Live: The Best of 2019/Highlights of the Decade (2010s)

 

Highlights of 2019:

 

  • 2019 was the year of Marketing on Singing Tips Live. Most of the shows related to marketing yourself, your business and products - specifically Digital Marketing.

 

  • This year my music my music was featured on the Women of Substance Radio/Podcast/Spotify Playlist for their Valentine's Day special and Holiday programs. (Bree Noble Producer)

 

  • This year my music was also featured on the Ramsay Unleashed: Going Beyond Borders podcast in Scotland.  I also created and produced a special segment for the podcast called, 60 Second Singing Tips by Benita Charles. (Fraser Ramsay Producer)

 

  • This year I debuted my Singing Tips Picture Quotes on social media weekly on Hump Day. In the beginning they were random thoughts but now the quotes relate to the previous Singing Tips Live Show.

 

  • In March 2019, The Benita Charles Trio performed a soulful set at the Soul of the City Concert Series at Ashford & Simpson's The Sugar Bar on the upper west side.  We performed mostly for an audience who didn't know us and our music was well received.

 

  • In June 2019, The Benita Charles Trio performed at Corkscrew Wines Brooklyn for the 13th annual Make Music New York. It was a wonderful event.  We had the audience singing along in the streets to Work To Do (Isley Brothers). We had a lot of positive feedback from the audience that they enjoyed themselves. The highlight of the night was when one of the audience members approached us to tell us his mother, who was wheel chaired bound and passing through reacted to our music.  She was told that she would die on Tuesday but she was determined to see her grandson's graduation and insisted on going.  Her nurse was pushing her wheel chair past us when they stopped and listened to our song, "Work To Do."  Her son told us that she reacted to the music and he was so excited about that! That touched my heart in such a way. Before he left, he said, "Work! Work!"  I can't explain the joy I felt in knowing that our music reached her to give a reaction.  That was the first time that had ever happened and it was truly a miracle. The power of music is incredible!!!

 

  • In August 2019, I presented my one-woman show, Benita Charles: My Musical Journey To Love at the Harlem Library. The show chronicles my musical journey from childhood through adulthood. The library loved the show so much that they invited me to present the show in October. It was well received by the audience and library staff.

 

  • In November 2019, the Benita Charles Trio performed at the New York City Marathon in Sunset Park Brooklyn.  It was such a great experience to provide encouragement and entertainment to the runners in the marathon.  Our site manager was pleased with our performance. It was a great experience.

 

  • In November 2019, I had the pleasure of meeting the actor, Leon from one of my all time favorite movies, The Five Heartbeats at the Rivington Rehearsal Studios in New York City.  He was rehearsing with his band, Leon and the Peoples in the room next to ours.  We were rehearsing for the NYC Marathon show. It was wonderful to meet him and he was so gracious to take a picture with me!

 

  • In November 2019, I created the Facebook Group, Singing Tips Live Community as a place for fans of the Singing Tips Live Show with Benita Charles can come together and share ideas, comments and feedback about the show. The group has continued to grow each week.

 

  • In December 2019, I presented my annual holiday show, highlighting the Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show and The Rockefeller Christmas Tree.  It was well received and one of my most popular shows of the year.

 

Top 5 Singing Tips Shows of 2019:

 

  1. Highlights from the Make Music New York Show & Concert excerpts  in June 2019 (aired on June 22, 2019 - 435 views)
  2. The Show from Beetle House in New York City, featuring Joshua Ramos, chief (aired June 15, 2019 - 303 views)
  3. Lessons from the Super Bowl (aired February 3, 2019 - 149 views)
  4. Personal Branding (aired June 2, 2019 - 141 views)
  5. Singing Tips Live 4th Anniversary Show (aired April 27, 2019 - 140 views)

 

Highlights of the Decade (2010s):

 

  • One the the greatest achievement of the decade was releasing my single, Never Ever Give Up and producing the video for the song in 2018. Prior to that the last release was 2007.  I had been performing live throughout the years but it was the first time in a long time that I put out any new music.  It was a great since of accomplishment and a great experience with working on the video for the song.  The song has been featured on the Women of Substance Radio/Podcast/Spotify Playlist and Ramsay Unleashed: Going Beyond Borders podcast in Scotland. I'm looking forward to new music in 2020.

 

  • In December 2018, I released my Christmas song that I've been performing live for years called, Christmastime (My Favorite Time of the Year). The song has been featured on the Women of Substance Radio/Podcast/Spotify Playlist and Ramsay Unleashed: Going Beyond Borders podcast in Scotland. It's been well received.

 

  • The Benita Charles Trio: I really enjoy performing with Peter Archer (guitar) and Cheo Rodrigues (percussion) through the years.  they are talented musicians and great to work with. In the past I've worked with a larger band but I find the smaller group works with with the type of intimate shows that I like to present. 

 

  • Preachermann and The Revival Band: This is a 10-piece atomic soul band led by Ed "Preachermann" Holley. This is a larger group than my trio but it is so great to be in the company of such accomplished professionals.  We've been performing together for over a decade and have great chemistry on stage. I've grown as an artist because we perform a diverse set of music from various genres in addition to original music by Preachermann. I sing background and are featured on Chain of Fools and Out on a Limb. It's truly a spiritual experience each and every time we perform on stage.

 

  • Singing Tips Live by Benita Charles: Since creating an hosting the Singing Tips Live Show on Periscope (in the beginning) and Facebook Live (presently) for over four years now, I have a great since of purpose and direction with my career.  I've never considered myself a Teacher and Influencer but that's exactly what this show has made me. The show was originally designed for beginner singers to show them the steps to becoming a professional singer through the artist development tips I share.  However, it is popular with people from all walks of life because many of the tips are universal and can apply to any profession.  I'm thoroughly enjoying the ride and I am learning and growing in the process. I've made new friends and fans from all over the world in addition to growing my fan base. I look forward to what the future holds for 2020 with the show.

 

  • A special thanks to NY-Stylist, Rocsandra Seigle for keeping my hair beautiful all year long!

 

  • A very special thanks to all my fans for your continued support of my music and creative endeavors through the years!!!

 

Much Love,

 

Benita Charles Music

 

 

 

 

 

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