Charles Blakely
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Charles Blakely

Tylertown, Mississippi, United States | SELF

Tylertown, Mississippi, United States | SELF
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Body Talk
Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
Released: Mar 01, 2011
Steele Good Music/Charles Blakely Productions

01 Drop It Like Its Hot
02 I Didn't Wanna Wake Up
03 Picnic And Barbeque
04 Not Tonight
05 One, Two, Three, Four
06 I'm Checking You Out
07 I Saw Her, I Saw You
08 I Can't Stop Thinking About You
09 I Don't Wanna See You Cry
10 You're The Right Kind Of Woman



Sultry sounds infused with rich southern flavor, Blakely’s music takes the listener on an emotional journey tickling the soul and tapping on the heartstrings. Described by others as a “Gentle Giant” (because of his commanding physical stature and temperament), this veteran singer/songwriter delights in composing soulful melodies with playful lyrics. With the release of “I Didn’t Wanna Wake Up”, he establishes his place in the genre of Urban Rhythm & Blues.

A native of Dallas Texas, Charles Blakely’s love for music found expression after his family transferred to Rockford Illinois. At the age of nine, he joined the gospel quartet, Wings of Joy, and continued to hone his craft singing at various venues in the local area.

At the age of 15, Charles and his family moved to Rosston, Arkansas where he became a member of the Bright Stars of Bluff City. He recorded his first gospel release “Oh Lord I Want To Be Close To Thee” with Champ Records in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1983, Blakely went on to sing with the likes of Spencer Taylor and the Highway QC’s. This opportunity opened doors and initiated his interest in songwriting. In 1984, gospel legend Willie Banks personally invited Blakely to become second lead singer of the Messengers after hearing his soul-stirring performance with the QC’s. After the passing of Banks, Charles became the lead vocalist for the group. He wrote and recorded a song with the Messengers he’d written in 1983, “Jesus Will Help You To Stand “, which received great reviews. The Messengers recorded five CD’s which sold to thousands of fans worldwide.

Like many of the original soul singers who influenced him (Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass, and Luther Vandross), Charles Blakely's roots are also steeped in rich traditional gospel. As he continues his career with the release of his Southern Soul album "Body Talk" debuting in March of 2011, he is sure to capture the heart and soul of all who will listen.