Charity Brown

Charity Brown

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Charity Brown is a fun love'n high energy performer with a diverse repertoire. In the 70's & 80's Charity Brown was known for her powerful soulful voice. Today that voice is known for energizing her audience with soul, pop, rock, funk and blues.

Biography

Charity Brown grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, as Phyllis Boltz. She graduated from Eastwood Collegiate and began singing in Landslide Mushroom, and other sixties bands, while still a teenager. Under the name Phyllis Brown, she finally broke through with Kitchener group, Rain, and stayed with them into the early seventies. They released one album and several singles, including the Canadian hit, “Out Of My Mind,” for Greg Hambleton’s Axe Records.

After leaving Rain in 1973, and with the help of producer Harry Hinde, Brown secured a recording contract with A&M Records as a Motown-flavoured solo artist. Her first releases were credited to Phyllis Brown but she soon changed her name to “Charity Brown.” In 1974, Brown charted with remakes of “Jimmy Mack” and the top 10 hit, “You Beat Me To The Punch.” Upon hearing her sing, Dionne Warwick commented, “That lady has a big voice!”

Brown’s first album, 1975’s Rock Me, contained the earlier hits, as well as the number 5 single, “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While),” and excellent cover versions of “Dancing In The Street,” “Playboy” and “Our Day Will Come,” earning Brown a Juno nomination for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year. “Any Way You Want,” written by Chicago’s Peter Cetera and included on Brown’s 1976 Stay With Me LP, struck gold, reached number 6 on the singles chart and lead to three consecutive Juno nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year. The Best Of Charity Brown album followed in 1977, and featured several new songs which were all minor hits.

Brown continued touring the night club circuit, and made several television appearances, including guest spots on Anne Murray’s Ladies Night Show in 1978 and on the Gerry and Ziz CBC variety show out of Winnipeg in 1979. A new album’s worth of material was recorded but remained in the vaults (until 2007). She finally retired in 1980, restored her surname to Boltz, and set up a recording studio with ex-husband Ted Purdy (of Canadian rock group Mainline). Her voice was heard again on several animated features, including Rumpelstiltskin and The Velveteen Rabbit, both in 1985.

After a twenty year hiatus, Charity Brown returned with a number of live appearances in Southern Ontario, just as her son, Mike Boltz, entered the music business as drummer with Kitchener’s, Alex Tintinalli Band. She also issued the 2-track Wings of Time album sampler in early 2007, and plans on releasing the full album later in 2008. These days you can find Charity at local jams or rock'n a stage in southern Ontario.

Lyrics

Guardian Song

Written By: Charity Brown - Edward Purdy -John Lee

There's an Echo from the Heavens
A warning for the world
There's a hole in the open sky
And it's burning toward the earth

While we search for peace and freedom
The planet slowly dies
Now the Mountains and meadows
cling to life
We're running out of time

We are theives in the night
As the sings of progress
grow the seeds of despair
And the garden around us cries for care

How can we be so close and still so far
All around, creatures are dying
We live in a garden
Soon there'll be no turning back
We can make it last forever
We can make it paradise again

See the faces of the rainforest
With no place left to go
See the eyes of the hungry
with no future to behold

We are in this world together
Survival knows no borders
We are one in the eyes of God
We are the guardians of the world

We are the guardians of the world
We are the guardians of the world

Teach your children
The harmony of the world we live in depends on you and me

We are the guardians of the world
We are the guardians of the world

Black alley

Written By: Charity Brown

Moon shines a hazy light
On a hot summer night in black alley
There's a lady with her street walking clothes
With a body that shows
When she goes up and down black alley
Black alley cat, oh, woh

In the shadows hides a gambling man
With a gun in his weathered hand
Waiting for the lady to go by
And his face is like stone
Just like the stones up and down Black Alley
Black Alley cat, oh, woh

Hey be careful who your friends are
every woman child and man
You might wake up one morning
Find your lover in your garbage can
In Black Alley, oh, oh
In Black Alley, oh, oh

Winning isn't easy here
And losing's harder yet
The price of precious love
Is only worth what you bet

In Black Alley, oh, oh
In Black Alley, woh oh
In Black Alley oh oh
In Balck Alley.

Written in the Wind

Written By: Charity Brown

ouuUU... ouuUU... oouUU...

Long before the evening ends before the day begins,
Should I trying laughing at it all, to hide the pain I feel inside?
Alone in silence now can I forget somehow, or should I try not to cry again or should I pretend I'm not affraid to carry on.

You, have been right all along. Without you I'm not strong. With you is where I want to be. From now on the song of long love begins. Its written in the wind, forever more.

Wait for morning time to come and bring the shinning sun to share for you and me. From now on the song of love begins. Its written in the wind forever more forever more.

Its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, ooOOOO fade
End

Written in the Wind

Written By: Charity Brown

ouuUU... ouuUU... oouUU...

Long before the evening ends before the day begins,
Should I try laughing at it all, to hide the pain I feel inside?
Alone in silence now can I forget somehow, or should I try not to cry again or should I pretend I'm not affraid to carry on.

You, have been right all along. Without you I'm not strong. With you is where I want to be. From now on the song of long love begins. Its written in the wind, forever more.

Wait for morning time to come and bring the shinning sun to share for you and me. From now on the song of love begins. Its written in the wind forever more forever more.

Its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, its written in the wind, ooOOOO fade
End

Discography

1972 Rain - The Rain Album
1975 Charity Brown - Rock Me
1976 Charity Brown - Stay with me
1977 Charity Brown - The Best of Charity Brown
1979-2007 Charity Brown - Lost tapes of 79'
2007 Grand River Blues Society compliation CD Got MoJo! - No talk talk'n
2007 Charity Brown - Wings of time
2007 Kitchener Blues Festival VI - No Talk Talk'n

Set List

Charity and her band can perform many types of events and sets.
We can play short sets or long. Early or late. Covers can range from old blues tunes to current pop music. Charity has over 40 of her own hits and originals.
1 Take me your arms - C.Brown
2 Anyway you want it - C.Brown
3 Jimmy Mac - C.Brown
4 No talk talk'n - C.Brown
5 Stormy Monday - blues standard
6 Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
7 Im tore down - blues standard
8 The best - Tina Turner
9 Stay with me - Charity Brown
10 White Rabbit - Jefferson airplane
These are just of some examples of what to expect at a Charity Brown concert. Charity Brown likes to invite guests, & jam too. Charity loves to sing blues, rock, r&b, funk, and pop. The Charity Brown band will learn new songs for any event or special function.