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The best kept secret in music

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"Watch out!"

Scarecrow and Tinmen are reborn! The band that took the contemporary Christian music world by storm a decade ago is back and better than ever! The original lead singer, Chris Padgett, is off doing a solo thing now (his CDs available here). Three of the remaining band members lead by Brad DeRosia have hooked up with two new guys to form the new band, Cheer Up Charlie. Their new sound is more edgy than before, featuring more rocking guitars, harder drumlines, and a more sophisticated rock feel. They're being compared to Switchfoot, DC Talk, and the Newsboys. And don't forget, more recent Matt Maher and Critical Mass. The lyrics, however, are just as faithful as before and many people are being touched by their music and performances across the country. Most recently, they rocked the Georgia Dome at NCYC Altanta in October '05, selling out of 800 CDs in less than 4 hours. Cheer Up Charlie means business, when the business is, in the words of Brad DeRosia, "to use the gifts and talents that we have been given to effectively communicate the message of the Gospel in an effort to make positive, lasting changes in the lives of today's youth and young adults." Their goal is to "make music that has purpose greater than being just another great song." Listen to the sound clips to hear what they mean! - www.musilica.com


"The bacon on my cheeseburger"

At a Glance: Cheer Up Charlie, a spin-off of Christian band Scarecrow & Tinmen, is on a mission to take Catholic music to a fresh, new level combining Catholic ministry with lyrics written to inspire minds and music designed to rock hearts. This self-titled, debut release merges heart-stirring lyrics with pop-rock trimmings, creating a record that can move a listener spiritually and physically.

Pro-Social Content: A refreshing combination of caffeine, talent and Catholicism, this album is certain to leave fists pumping, people jumping and hearts motivated to change. Cheer Up Charlie is first and foremost a ministry, according to lead vocalist Brad DeRosia. The album certainly treads on the band’s ministry-minded path, but does not stray from a top-notch presentation of this band’s ability to rock. "Only One" establishes that no matter how many times you turn away, at the end of the day, there's only one thing that matters. ("And when the day is done/ There is only one/ There is only one/ He is the great I am.") The album’s tenth track, "Not Moving," is a song of humility that cries out in honest worship. ("I come here humbly, worthless though I am/ A broken heart and life that’s willing/ I’m asking you humbly to change me where I am/ And make a new creation of me.")

Objectionable Content: None.

Summary/Suggestions: This record is to my CD collection as bacon is to my cheeseburger...there's just no way I’d go without it. This album will appeal mostly to teens and young adults who are fans of Christian rock, as it offers high caliber hope to the hopeless, powerful encouragement to the disheartened and music that rocks to the core. - Arleen Spencely, LifeTeen.com reviewer


Discography

"Cheer up Charlie"
Only One
Favor
More
We Cry Out
Pray
Rockstar
Fly
Let it Ride
Love
Not Moving
Xanaphobe

Current National Radio Single--- Only One (charting)

Current Music Video--- Pray

Headline artist on "We Cry out volume 1" compilation CD distributed by Masada Records---

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Like a Phoenix rising from ashes, Cheer up Charlie has arrived bringing a timeless message of love through the medium of music. Comprised mostly by members of the CHR hit-making group Scarecrow and Tinmen, Cheer up Charlie has a proven track record of top 10 hits, sold out shows, and changed lives world-wide.

With an engaging, catchy, and forward thinking ROCK / CHR sound, Cheer up Charlie’s music has been compared to groups like Switchfoot, DC Talk, Smash Mouth, Chevelle, and the Newsboys. “We really try to make music that has a purpose greater than being just another great song” says Bradley DeRosia of Cheer up Charlie. “Our objective is to use the gifts and talents that we have been given to effectively communicate the message of the Gospel in an effort to make positive, lasting changes in the lives of today’s, youth and young adults.” Brad adds. Cheer up Charlie’s previous life as Scarecrow and Tinmen has given them a coffer of experiences that most groups can only imagine. Playing shows all over the globe for over 7 years in full time Ministry, they have played several “World Youth Day” events each with over 600,000 in attendance. Of those events the favorite of the band was “World Youth Day” in Rome Italy 2000, in which over 3,000,000 were in attendance, as well as the privilege of playing for the Pope John Paul II. Other achievements include many returning visits to Atlanta Fest, Cornerstone(s), Sonshine Fest, NCYC(s), Acquire the Fire(s), and Rock the Universe just to mention a few. The guys have also played and toured with many popular bands ranging from Skillet, to Newsong; the Supertones to Steven Curtis Chapman, and many others. Additionally, they have toured and play over 550 shows, rallies, retreats and festivals in the last 8 years.
With over 8 years of full time Ministry experience, the five member group is comprised of Bradley DeRosia (lead vocals), Jon Daws (bass guitar), Jason Kopp (drums), Seth White (guitar), and Greg Polson (guitar). All of the members are experienced, accomplished musicians with a heart for evangelization. “We need to be aware of the particular issues facing this generation so that we can be relevant in the way that this Ministry targets youth.” says Seth White. With their self-titled debut CD to be released in the Winter of 2005, the band is anxious to meet the summer touring season with a focused enthusiasm, and is currently negotiating touring partnerships. The band has been hard at work on a permanent web site as well. They currently have a temporary site up at www.cheerupcharlie.com. Additionally, the band was particularly grateful to have had the opportunity of having Dino Elefante act as a consultant on the debut CD. The high energy shows put on by Cheer up Charlie combine a unique blend of Ministry, music, and hyperactivity that connect with the audience in a lasting way that create a relationship between the group and audience rather than just another “show”. “We really try to be sensitive to the needs of a particular audience. We typically don’t even make “set lists”. The goal is to be open to what God wants to do in an event, rather than us pushing an agenda.” says Bradley DeRosia. “A Cheer up Charlie show is very fun and spontaneous, without sacrificing all of the professionalism that you would normally get with a “to the second” choreographed show.” says Jason Kopp.
Ministry, great music, experience, and controlled hyperactivity are just a few words that might come close to encapsulating the phenomenon known as Cheer up Charlie. “The music is fresh and exciting, and the way that they connect with an audience is truly a cut above.” says Brian Brijbag, President of Masada Entertainment. “I don’t think that there is a Christian event or show that these guys would not be perfect for.” adds Brian. And so, to end with a familiar quote … “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”--- Willy Wonka.