Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose work incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b and popular music.
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Charlie headed down the Mississippi to New Orleans at seventeen, spending a few formative years soaking up the music and culture of the Big Easy and playing keys with local favourites like Charmaine Neville. He returned to Memphis in his early twenties to join the band of legendary blues guitarist Albert King, with whom he toured the US and Europe.
Having established a musical reputation for himself, Charlie took up a long-standing residency with his Hammond organ trio at King's Palace on Beale Street. The gig became known to touring musicians and locals alike, attracting impromptu sit-ins from B.B. King, Georgie Fame, Joey DeFrancesco, George Coleman, Mulgrew Miller, Alvin Batiste, and many others.
In October 2014, Wood became the 136th recipient of a Brass Note on Beale Street, the Memphis equivalent of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Other recipients include such musical luminaries as Elvis Presley, Al Green, and Isaac Hayes. Wood is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter with numerous original releases under his belt, including "Southbound" and "Who I Am" on Ben Sidran's GoJazz label and "Flutter and Wow" on Memphis-based Archer Records. His original song “Promised Land” won the 2016 U.S.A Songwriting Competition, Jazz category.
Now living in the UK with his wife, celebrated UK vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie continues touring and recording regularly. Notable performances have included the London Jazz Festival's "Jazz Voice" at the Royal Festival Hall, BBC Radio 2's "Friday Night Is Music Night" at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Radio 2's "Jools Holland Show," and numerous other concerts throughout the UK and Europe.
"Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen, or Costello, or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that
same jolt." – Jazz Times
"I fell in love with this man's voice the moment I heard it. He is the essence of soul and blues. I am so lucky to
have sung on the same stage as him." – Paloma Faith
"(Wood's) writing is exceptional, the often-ruminative songs featuring well- honed, literate lyrics... written with
the technical precision and linguistic flair of a classic from the Great American Songbook." – R2 Magazine
"...a lean, unblemished voice which has the high, lonesome timbre of a dedicated bluesman." – New Statesman