I'm Gonna Be Your Hero
At age 13 Chuck followed in his father's musical footsteps by cutting his own trail with an old acoustic guitar purchased from a pawn shop. After three months of lessons, Chuck began playing on a Sunday afternoon radio program transmitted from a local AM station. During his early musical career, he performed over 800 shows on various radio programs and throughout the Carolinas, culminating in a seven year weekly stint at an award winning restaurant chain and other regular stints of four and one year in length at two other well established locations. He studied music at the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts and later received degrees from three colleges and universities. As a band leader, Chuck led a contemporary service at one of the largest congregations in the Carolinas for three years. Recording numerous albums with country & gospel groups along with an individual rock-a-billy effort and his latest pop rock release, Chuck has played in various musical productions and groups ranging from big band and rock, to acoustic and instrumental. Chuck continues to sing, write, and record story type lyrics individually and with groups across the Carolinas, performing about 50 to 100 concerts a year. He has performed live nearly 1,500 times throughout his career. During the day, he instructs college courses online with a national university and in person at a community college. Chuck's latest release "I'm Gonna Be Your Hero" shows an influence and similarities to the following acts... Billy Joel, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, George Michael, Boston, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Loggins, The Cars, Third Eye Blind, Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Matchbox Twenty; Barenaked Ladies, Blind Melon, Cake, Dishwalla, The Replacements, REM, Lynard Skynard, R.E.M., Sugar Ray, Dwight Yoakam, Elvis, Marty Stuart, The Doors, BB King, Clint Black, BR-549. The Rolling Stones, Sting, Sheryl Crowe, Brian Setzer, The Stray Cats, The Allman Brothers, The Doobie Brother, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Van Morrison, Jackson Brown, America, Dire Straits, Bread, Don Williams, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor, Chris Isaac, The Rembrandts, The Wallflowers, Gin Blossoms, Hootie and the Blowfish, Matchbox 20, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Ryan Adams, Dave Matthews, Dwight Yoakam, The Mavericks, Alan Jackson, Conway Twitty, Audioslave, Blondie, Janis Joplin, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, David Allen Coe, Glen Campbell, Cheap Trick, The Pretenders, REO Speedwagon, Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Three Doors Down, Seven Mary Three, Eric Clapton, Chicago, Journey, Tears for Fears, Hall & Oates, John Mayer, The Motels, U2, The Beach Boys, Steely Dan, James Brown, The Bee Gees, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Prince, Yes, Genesis, Phil Collins, Rush, Stone Temple Pilots,Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Doors, ZZ Top, Cream, Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, Nirvana, David Bowie, The Clash, Journey, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Duran Duran, Deep Purple, Adam Ant, A-Ha, B-52's, Bangles, Bee Gees, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, The Fixx, Foreigner, Peter Gabriel, Go Go's, Howard Jones, Human League, INXS, J. Geils Band, Level 42, Robert Palmer, The Power Station, Simple Minds, Rick Springfield, Squeeze, Thompson Twins, John Waite, Paul Young. A FEW PLACES CHUCK HAS PERFORMED... TELEVISION & MOVIES: Sergeant Bilko A Paramount Film starring Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Dan Ackroyd, Phil Hartman Saint Maybe A Hallmark Thanksgiving Television Special Shake Rattle & Roll A CBS Miniseries LIVE WEEKLY RADIO PROGRAMS: W.C.G.C 1460 AM W.K.M..T. 1220 AM W.A.A.K. 960 AM CASINO'S & HOTELS: Bally's Casino Atlantic City, NJ Four Queens Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV The Mirage Las Vegas, NV The Flamingo Hilton Reno, NV Music City Sheraton Nashville, TN The Omni Charlotte, NC Jim & Layla's Bluegrass Inn Nashville, TN NASCAR RACES & SPORTING EVENTS: World 600 Charlotte, NC Food City 500 Bristol, TN Subway 400 Rockingham, NC First Union 400 North Wilkesboro, NC Goody's 500 Martinsville, VA Southern 500 Darlington, SC Charlotte Checkers Hockey Game (2 shows) Gastonia Rangers Baseball Game AMUSEMENT & RECREATIONAL PARKS: Paramount Carowinds Amusement Park Charlotte, NC Tweetsie Railroad Boone, NC Dollywood Pigeon Forge, TN College Park Las Vegas, NV The Breaks Grundy, VA FESTIVALS: Apple Festival Lincolnton, NC Fish Camp Jam Gastonia, NC York Fest York, SC Cherry Blossom Festival Cherryville, NC Mountaineer Day Kings Mountain, NC Cotton Ginning Days Dallas, NC Singing On The Mountain Grandfather Mountain, NC Garabaldi Festival Belmont, NC National Ballon Rally Statesville, NC COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: Gardner Webb University Boiling Springs, NC University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC Western Carolina University Cullawee, NC Appalachian State University Boone, NC High Point University High Point, NC Gaston College Dallas,NC THEATERS, AUDITORIUMS, & ARENAS: Charlotte Coliseum Charlotte Merchandise Mart Independence Arena Charlotte, NC Ashbrook Auditorium Gastonia, NC Linconlton Civic Center Linconlton, NC Inman Theater Inman, SC VARIOUS OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST: Numerous political fund raisers and balls for a North Carolina Governor and several different United States Congressional Representatives from both the House and Senate Jigger's Drive-In Bessemer City, NC (174 shows) Hillbilly's Barbeque McAdenville & Gastonia, NC (144 shows) Stuart's Restaurant Cramerton, NC (47 shows) Cleveland County Fair Shelby, NC (10 shows) Salisbury Fair Salisbury, NC Mineral Springs Music Barn Mineral Springs, NC National Guard Armory Gastonia, NC Crossroads Campground Auditorium Denver, NC Challenger III Golf Course Shelby, NC Central Prison Raleigh, NC Club Paradise Myrtle Beach, SC Freight & Salvage House San Francisco, CA.