Charlie John
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Charlie John

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF | AFTRA

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Pop Adult Contemporary

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"EP Review: Charlie John: My Messy Mind"

My Messy Mind is only four tracks. Four tracks that have challenged me to come up with the right words. What Charlie is doing here is not what I listen to usually, but in that I recognized that maybe that is what I write about. POP music, or his version of it is not what I normally listen to but there is something here worth writing about.

Charlie John opens the EP up with the title track “My Messy Mind” a song about a mind that is questioning everything and bouncing all over the place. I sure know that feeling. Over the weekend I forgot to tell my neighbor to “have a nice day” after we chatted for like five seconds, and I’m still stewing over it like I did something wrong. I digress. Behind the autotune and pop beats he is saying something more important. I don’t know if he deals with mental illness, but just bringing to light the way the character in the song deals with a mind that races is good enough for me.

The EP dances along this way, pop beats with intelligent lyrics. He has a falsetto that is pleasant and calming. EP’s are like appetizers, right? It’s sort of like a chef that gives you a tasting plate. You have a certain number of things to try but never really have the main course. That’s kind of what this does. I would be interested to hear the entire album. The one thing that really stands out is Charlie’s voice, the guy can really sing. He has a strong voice and that carries throughout the EP.

I will listen to just about anything. I do. It’s my side hustle. So, when asked to review the EP I listened a couple of times and floated back and forth on doing this or not. I like to challenge myself, and I thank Charlie for the challenge. I think he has something strong here. Four tracks that blend nicely together. Lyrically, sonically, and with his melodic voice.

Based out of Covington, Kentucky it will be pleasant to see where Charlie goes from here. I believe he has a remix in the works with a local rapper Hoody Time. The EP is well done. Produced and co-written with his father Bill Millikin, who has thirty plus years of composing under his belt, must have been a rewarding experience. It shines on “My Messy Mind.” Four tracks that’s it, maybe ten minutes, give it a listen. He does crank the guitar up on one song, and anytime that happens my heart smiles. - Moose Gronholm


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Born into a family of musicians, singers and songwriters, Charlie's unquenchable passion for great music and melodies seemed only natural.  He grew up listening to Earth, Wind & Fire Stevie Wonder, and The Doobie Brothers among others, so it’s no surprise that by the age of 6 he was singing and performing with his siblings for family and friends. Having already won 3 ‘Ohio Music Awards’ for Best Singer-Songwriter and Best Pop Song in 2016 and 2018, MAD SOUND Records is proud to announce the release of Charlie John’s next project - A four song EP entitled ‘My Messy Mind’ out June 5th! Inspired by OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran and Jack Garratt, the EP is a bold new imagining of the Pop Genre. The edgy guitar and lyrics set him apart from his contemporaries and align with the overall theme of the EP - Anxiety. While Cincinnati, OH based Pop Artist Charlie John has been featured many times in local press such as CincyMusic, CityBeat, WCPO and Local 12, John feels that this will be his biggest release yet and his most personal. The 4 songs paint a picture of an anxiety ridden society and life within it. The EP was co-written and produced by his father Bill Millikin, who’s a professional Music Composer and Producer of 30 plus years including being signed to Motown Records in the 80s, and Kevin Stokley, a local producer and musician in his own right. Combined, these ingredients have generated a genre-bending batch of songs. Charlie continues to write and release original music.

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