Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopRock

"It's all here: strings, horns, Ramsey’s smooth voice and some truly marvelous songwriting."

-www.daggerzine.com (Portland, OR)

Biography

New York-based songwriter Charles Ramsey released his third CD in May 2012. Entitled "Love Don’t Need to Feel So Foreign," the 5-song EP was recorded at ROKBOX Productions and Studio A in Philadelphia with producer Lance Davis (LATEBLOOM, The Bailey Hounds, Alex Radus, Theotis Joe). The EP's release was heralded with a pair of full-band shows at The Living Room, New York's renowned singer/songwriter venue. In August of 2012, BigTakeover.com critic Mark Suppanz ranked the EP in his Top Ten, praising Ramsey’s “keen melodic sense and lovingly-crafted pop.” Songs from the EP have received radio play on WXPN (Philadelphia), WSTW (Wilmington, Delaware), and Salford City Radio (Salford, England).

Ramsey recently completed work on his newest project: a trio of singles to be released in late-2012 and early-2013. The first of these, “One of Us,” was co-written by Ramsey and Grammy-winning songwriter Scot Sax. All three singles are being produced by Lance Davis and recorded at ROKBOX and Studio A.

Ramsey’s previous album, Good Morning & Good Night was released in 2009 to international acclaim. Drawing comparisons to Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, Morrissey, and the Divine Comedy, the album was described as “one of the best releases of 2009” by the Brazil-based music site Paralelo Pop, and ranked in the top 50 of Absolute Powerpop’s Top 100 Albums of 2009. The album built on the success of Ramsey’s debut full-length, Something New (2005), which was met with critical praise and earned Ramsey opening slots for such acts as Dawn Kinnard and Sean Lennon.

Charles Ramsey’s music is available internationally on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Bandcamp, and other sites.

Lyrics

Still Waiting

Written By: Charles Ramsey

Verse:
Now that all you have longed for
Has finally come along,
Still you can't help but wonder
Why something feels so wrong.

She's the one you had prayed for
On a sad and lonely night
Here to make you feel better
Here to make you feel alright.

Chorus:
And you find you're still waiting,
And you find you're still waiting,
Could it be you've been wanting something more?

Verse:
And you're feeling quite sick now,
They've confined you to your bed;
Seeking love and fulfillment,
You got something else instead.

And you're starting to wonder,
If you're better off alone.
Well you long for your freedom
And she wants you for her own.

Chorus

Verse:
And if you were to lose her,
Well you don't know what you'd do;
There's been no other girl
Who has done so much for you.

So you say that you love her,
But you don't say for how long;
There was never one better,
There was never one so wrong.

She Changes You

Written By: Charles Ramsey

There was a time when
We always had fun;
Out on the weekend,
You were the mad one –

I guess it always had to end;
It feels a little like I lost a friend.

Hard to believe now,
This is the same you;
I never guessed that
Someone could tame you –

And out of everyone I know,
I always thought you’d be the last to go.

Now that you wound your
Whole world around her,
She changes you.
Where is the wild man we all knew?

Out on the dance floors
We used to find you;
Now all those places
Are far behind you -

And now you hide yourself away;
I wish for once that you’d come out to play.

Now that you wound your
Whole world around her,
She changes you.
Where is the wild man we all knew?

She changes you.

And oh you are happy now,
As far as I can see;
And sometimes I wonder how
To find someone to make a change in me.

Now that you wound your
Whole world around her,
She changes you.
Where is the wild man we all knew?

She changes you.

Cashing in on Christmastime

Written By: Charles Ramsey

VERSE:
Winter is the season when
the Christmas songs are played again
Some are good and some are pretty rank.

But every time a song gets played
A songwriter is getting payed
and jingle goes the money in the bank.

CHORUS:
This guitar has only gotten me so far so far,
and I've been struggling for so long;
It'd be fun
To buy lots of gifts for everyone,
So I wrote a Christmas song.

VERSE 2:
And when those checks start rolling in
I'll buy myself a pint of gin
And for my friends I'll buy a round of beer.

And for my dog a brand new toy,
Like Hugh Grant in "About a Boy"
I'm cashing in on Christmastime this year.

CHORUS:
This guitar has only gotten me so far so far,
And I've been struggling for so long;
It'd be nice
To buy lots of gifts and not think twice,
So I wrote a Christmas song,
And it goes like this:

Have a very merry Christmas baby!
Have a very merry Christmastime!

One in a Crowd

Written By: Charles Ramsey

VERSE 1
Spinning around your planet's
Making me less than a man, it's
Not worth all the pain;

Living inside your bubble
Was only the root of my trouble,
I just can't explain

The way I must break free
And pretty soon you're gonna be:

CHORUS
One in a crowd
One in a crowd
One in a crowd, you're just another girl now.

VERSE 2:
I was a fool to try to
Figure out exactly why you
Do the things you do.

I had a revelation
Over my summer vacation
Changed my point of view,

But this has gone too far
And I see you for what you are:

CHORUS
One in a crowd
One in a crowd
One in a crowd, you're just another girl now.

On Your Own Time

Written By: Charles Ramsey

I once thought you were mine but now I see
You have too much to give, to give to only me,
Well if that's how it must be

I've learned not to desire what is not mine
And if you're out of my view well, anything is fine
You don't have to walk the line.

CHORUS
On your own time
You can make love to anyone
On your own time
You can go right ahead and follow the sun.

VERSE 2
Wound me not with thine eye but with thy tongue
Tell me all of your lies, I told you I was young
And I don't care whom you're among

CHORUS
On your own time
You can make love to anyone
On your own time
You can go right ahead and follow the sun.

BRIDGE
On your own time, you can do what you will
In the end I'll be there for you still
But I don't need to know
What you do, where you go

CHORUS:
On your own time
You can make love to anyone
On your own time
You can go right ahead and follow the sun,
On your own time,
On your own time.

Discography

LOVE DON'T NEED TO FEEL SO FOREIGN (2012) - New EP featuring five new songs.
GOOD MORNING AND GOOD NIGHT (2009) - The second full-length album.
SO MUCH BETTER OFF (2006) - The EP single featuring the title track and three new recordings.
SOMETHING NEW (2005) - The debut full-length album.

Set List

Charles has two sets' worth of original material, though he usually performs one 40 to 45 minute set. A sample set is:
1.) One in a Crowd
2.) Something New
3.) Still Waiting
4.) So Much Better Off
5.) It Don't Take Much
6.) She Changes You
7.) Good Morning and Good Night
8.) My Lost Days
9.) No Harm Done
10.) Odelia