Charles Emmet Harris IV was born in Detroit, Michigan and is a member of the Blacksheep family. His father was a well-known car dealer and his mother was a talented singer and pianist. Charles grew up taking his love of music and piano lessons while living with his grandparents. As an adult he pursued his dream of becoming a professional pianist and singer/songwriter. He then attended the University of Miami for two years studying piano and is currently pursuing a degree in the same field.
Charles started out as a bassist/multi-instrument player/composer/writer before advancing to guitar, vocals as well as keyboards. He has also gained valuable experience as an instructor in music theory, arranging as well as composition. These endeavors have led to the professional development of Charles Emmet Harris IV as a songwriter, composer, arranger and instructor. He has written for many popular artists such as Avril Lavigne, David Cook, David Gray and Ashanti. Charles has also created his own solo music as well as scores for feature films such as “A History of Violence”, “The Damned United” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.
Charles earned a Master of Fine Arts in Music Education from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has since then pursued various career paths which have spanned musical theater, film, television and music. Charles first came in contact with the world of acting when he was cast as a teenager in the musical “Moulin Rouge” and went on to play the same character in the subsequent four consecutive shows. From there he went on to appear in “Tears For Fears” as well as “The Perfect Score” and “AfterLife”. Additionally, he served as a backup singer for numerous artists such as Ashanti, Nancy Sinatra and Avril Lavigne. These roles helped Charles develop his distinctive vocal style and helped him hone his craft.
Charles started his own music career after leaving the musical theater. He released an album entitled No Strings Attacked which went well to solidify his place in the music industry. Since then he has released several other well-received albums as well as going on to voice work for such diverse artists as Tim Burton and Wes Anderson. Charles has also gained a lot of experience working with the camera as he appeared in the award winning film” Marie’s Girl”.
Charles has always claimed that he is an independent artist and is not tied down by any label or artist or agency. In fact, he has signed solo deals with many well-known recording artists as well as managed to score a hit single with the band War. Charles is currently juggling a number of projects at the moment including filming the new Disney film “The Pirates of the Caribbean” and is also attached to the upcoming” CSI – Crime Scene Investigation”. Charles has always cited the work of Mozart as his inspiration and it seems as though his career is going to continue in this similar fashion. As long as he is able to keep up this fine work of art, he will be happy and continue to create classic music.
If you are looking for classic and soulful music to add to your home or you simply want to explore what music is out there that is uplifting and inspiring, listen to Charles Emmet Harris IV. This talented musician has many years of experience in both the recording and performing arts. As an artist, he is best known for his music, which includes such diverse genres as reggae, rock, and contemporary styles to name a few. While many artists try to capitalize on the opportunities presented to them with multiple projects these days, Charles Emmet Harris IV is one artist who truly has his own sound and style and who has consistently sold well regardless of the type of music he is performing.