11 NEW things you will learn about Charles Ellis

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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I was born in Baltimore Maryland, but I grew up in Southern California. I moved to California with my mother, father and brother when I was about 4. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I always loved music. Basketball and Music were my go to's. No one knew I sang until one year I rapped In my junior high talent show. The feeling I had on the stage was so electric. I knew I was headed in the right direction. In High school I would rap with my friends but it never got serious, I was playing basketball then and that was all I wanted to do. Play Ball! Later I went off to college in New Orleans to Xavier University. I had a computer and microphone in my dorm room where I would create songs in the middle of the night. I would sell cd's on campus and thats how I kept a few extra bucks in my pocket. I remember returning home to California and putting on a concert at the local skating rink. I thought I would just show up and sing a few songs, little did I know the whole town came out to support. The line was wrapped around the building to see The Golden Child perform. hahaha, that was stage name back then. That night was the first night I knew I could go further than my wildest dreams. It was so close I could feel it. What made me decide to become an artist though? As I have grown over the years, I have learned to appreciate the level of healing one can find in a simple song. More than an artist, I like to think of myself as a healer. Music heals others. Music heals me. That's ultimatly why I am here. In this blink of time I have been given here on earth, I have made it my duty to heal others. Give a hug, Lend an ear. Show gratitude. Offer advice. Give love.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Believe in yourself. Press forward. No matter what. More doors will close than the doors that open. Let everything be a learning experience. Grow, learn. Perfect your craft. Believe in your product. Share your music everywhere you can, youtube, facebook, etc. oh, and have fun!
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Lol, I have once or twice. The fun thing about music is its all vibes and feeling. One time the speakers went out just when I started singing. So I stopped the show and sung accapella while the sound man fixed the speakers. I incorporated the crowd, and played a game where each section of the crowd competed on who could be the loudest and livest. I just went with the flow and It turned out good. Most people said they thought it was part of the show.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I have officially come to the point in my career where I am ready to hit the stage. I have begun rehearsing day and night to perfect my show and I am looking forward to seeing all my fans across the globe.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Yea for sure. Right now I record in a home studio that I built. I am always looking to upgrade. As far as sound, I am happy with the tools I currently have so at this point, the upgrades I will make will things like, a chair to sit in, (I sit at the edge of my bed lol).
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
My cousin who lives in Atlanta has been helping me tremendously in this area. What we do is we send music to online podcasts, online radio stations, we create youtube lyric videos and we also reach out to facebook groups that allow us to post music from up and coming artists. What works best? Hmm. I think they all work pretty well together. No one greater than the other. They compliment each other. But youtube has shown to be a powerful place to go to when looking to promote and be heard.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
oooh, I like this one! Ok, I would go to Jamaica, because I always wanted to go there, especially with family and friends, and who would I be performing with.....? hmmmm. Im in jamaica....uh lets see.. oh yea. Michael Jackson. I'd definitely perform with Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
This year has started off with a bang! I just released an EP titled, "Late Night Special." Time to hit the stage and perform, travel, and perform some more. I will also be hosting some Las Vegas club events as well.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I'd definitely trying to break the record in the NBA for most 3 pointers, Most steals, and Most everything else!
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Good music! I mean, good good music. New content, Cover Videos, Original videos, shows, new merchandise, clothing, accessories, photos, you name it.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Oh heck yea, Shout out to God. With Him everything is possible. Shout out to my Dad, He's been amazing though out my journey, the things he has taught me, words can not explain. Shout out to my beautiful wife who holds me down, inspires me and keeps me grounded. Shout out to my cousin Darian Brooks out in Atlanta. I call him Hemi, because ever since he came on board it feels like a Hemi engine was installed. Inside joke. Shout out to my mom, she's simply amazing, and supportive. Shout out to my brothers, My whole family for being so supportive. Baltimore I see you! Az I see you! Shout out to my fans. That actually feels weird to say, but good to say. I never thought I'd see the day I had real fans. But you are awesome, so supportive, so motivational, so inspiring. Shout out to you reading this. I appreciate your time and your energy.