Bob Charters
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Bob Charters

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"Musician charting a new path"

Musician charting a new path

There comes a point in every man’s journey when he arrives at a fork in the road. Take a right hand turn and life goes one way, a left and it goes another.

For Bob Charters, a local musician who cut his first CD last fall, that point in the road came this week. He resigned from a job he loved to pursue music full time.

“It’s very difficult to leave working with the youth, but it’s necessary. It’s a good time. I have a lot of momentum going my way “ said Charters, who spent the last two and a half years at Simcoe Community Services working with high school students with special needs.

It’s momentum the Barrie singer/songwriter has built performing on his off time, evenings and weekends at local venues, as well as the college/university circuit.

Music has been a part of his life since he was a child. He took piano lessons through the Royal Conservatory, but stopped because he didn’t like the music he was required to play at the time. Charters also took music at Innisdale Secondary School.

Then, at age 18, his father, who had played in a band as a youth, gave him his old guitar as a birthday present.

“I sat down with a chord book and listened to my favourite CD and learned how to play,” said Charters, 28, who cites the Brit pop group Oasis and David Gray, an adult contemporary artist, among his influences.

Songwriting followed at university, where he started play jam nights and local coffeehouses. Charters likes to write about daily life, good days, bad days, and relationships - not just the romantic kind, but friendships, too.

“I try to write to be positive. I’m so sick of bands that complain and whine,” he said with a laugh. “(My) background is sociology, (which he earned a degree in from the University of Waterloo), so I tend to write about relationships and the relationships between people. Not just romantic - the full aspect of it.”

Last winter, he recorded a demo, and released his first full-length CD in September called Bob Charters - Words I’ve Known, it has nine original songs. It’s easy to listen to with a number of catchy melodies, and has a laid-back adult contemporary style.

He needed a full-length record for touring, which up until now has been mostly in Ontario. His music is available at his performances, through his website,, as well as on iTunes. While music ranks up at the top of his fun list, Charters also loves to play and watch football and baseball.

Meanwhile, he plays a mix of cover tunes and original songs every Tuesday and Friday evening at the British Arms.

Susan Doolan - The Barrie Examiner


"Words I've Known" - Debut full CD



Bob Charters has a need to say something, and for you to listen. While growing up, he was completely overtaken and amazed by Canadian music, and the U.K. music scene. His mother encouraged Royal Conservatory piano training from the age of six, but it wasn't until his 18th birthday that his father gave him an old classical guitar. He sat in front of a stereo with a chord chart, learning by ear while listening to the Oasis album, "What's the Story, Morning Glory?" over and over. While away at university, he started playing jam nights and local coffeehouses, and started writing his own music. His first release, "Words I've Known" is a mix of stripped down acoustic tracks, as well as catchy and upbeat songs with a band feel. Influenced by great songwriters (David Gray, Damien Rice, Noel Gallagher) Bob has opened for acts such as Aaron Lines, and continues to pencil new songs for his new album in the fall.

**Selected as COCA Central Regional Conference Showcase performer 2007**

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