CMH, Charleston Mag, Charlton Singleton, & Piccolo Spoleto present:
Soundtrack of The 80s
featuring, Quiana Parler, Charlton Singleton, & Friends
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Soundtrack of The 80s
80s! 80s! 80s! You sing it in your car! You sing it in the shower! It is THAT SONG that you want everyone to know that you know all of the words to! It is also THAT SONG that you do not want everyone to know that you know all of the words to! Terms like “Soft Rock” and “Big Hair” became the norm. Some of the todays Mega Superstars began their careers in the 80s and we will celebrate them in one show with all of your favorite hits! Join Charlton Singleton and Quiana Parler as they continue to wow concertgoers with their high-energy tribute concerts. GUARANTEED TO EXCITE!
As lead vocalist for internationally- and critically-acclaimed roots music group, Ranky Tanky, Parler spent weeks at #1 on several Billboard Jazz charts. The group's eponymous debut album has drawn praise and acclaim from some of the nation's most discerning and respected music critics. Through Ranky Tanky's sold out shows, Quiana is using her artistry to bring the cultural and musical heritage of the SC Lowcountry to some of the most prestigious stages in the US and Europe, like Norway's Moldejazz and New York City's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Charlton Singleton was born on January 7, 1971, the youngest of the three children of the Rev. Charles and Jeanette Singleton, both in education, of Awendaw, South Carolina. He is a true child of the Lowcountry in that he grew up in a close-knit village and was heavily influenced by the forces he was exposed to in his community’s church, Greater Zion AME Church where his late grandfather, Edward Singleton, also known to everyone there as Big Daddy, was a stalwart member and spiritual leader.
Charlton attended Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary, Laing Middle and Wando High schools. He went on to attend the Berklee College of Music and South Carolina State College from which he graduated in 1994 with a degree in music performance.
His life has always been awash in music. It was always present in his home growing up. His grandfather sat him on his knee and sang to him, just like he did his other 54 grandchildren. Once again, Charlton is the youngest.
“It was the ‘Jump, Baby Jump Song’,” he told writer Jack McCray. “Ask anyone of my relatives that are close to my age or older if they remember that, and they WILL start singing it.”
By the time he was in middle school, he was a multi-instrumentalist. He had mastered the piano, violin, and cello and trumpet, his primary instrument today.
Charlton has emerged in the last several years as the face of jazz performance in the Lowcountry. After long stints in various small ensembles playing many styles of popular music, he became conductor and artistic director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, a 20-piece aggregation at the vanguard of jazz in South Carolina today that arose from the prototypical Charlton Singleton Orchestra in March of 2008.
He enjoys tremendous stature and fame as a result. His likeness is emblazoned on promotional materials everywhere all the time and he is among the most widely covered performers by media outlets. His high energy, music-in-motion image graced the cover of Charleston Magazine’s November issue, its first-ever edition devoted to music.
Thousands have seen him perform in churches, concert halls, clubs, on recordings and in films where he delights them with a magical, versatile artistry that dazzles like a diamond in the sun.
He is also a prominent educator, providing private lessons and having taught in local school districts where his reputation is legendary.
Charlton’s presence, on and off the stage, is luminescent. It shines brightly everywhere, all the time.
He lives in North Charleston with his wife, Mary Jo, and two children Shalamar Boyd and D’Marcus Boyd.
He is a board member of Jazz Artists of Charleston where he serves as vice president. No other individual has done more in the Lowcountry recently than Charlton to further the history and legacy of jazz music in South Carolina.
His work, the light of his life, burnishes the lives of all who encounter him and it appears to be poised to go on forever.
$22 - Individual | $17 - Student (Box Office Only)
Dinner Add On option available for an additional $32
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