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Charles Walker Band - "Hope" Ehlona Records, Inc - A BlankTV Feature!
Artist city, country: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Artist Biography: Grounded in blues, the band refined their unique sound into what can best be described as soul, a fusion of funk, r&b and Motown. Though compared to an array of musicians (Sly and the Family Stone, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelics, James Brown), their music retains deep gospel influences and positive lyrical messages.
Growing up, Walker was influenced by Luther Allison, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. He has synthesized those influences while contributing his own ever-growing musical and personal maturity into the CWB sound. Walker has played saxophone since the sixth grade, when a music teacher said, despite his protests, he had the perfect mouth for it. He continued his training on sax and keys throughout college, participating in the prestigious UW Eau Claire jazz program.
Though Porsche Cameron handles lead vocals, the titular Charles Walker holds court with piano chops that would make Duke Ellington envious and a sax prowess from which Coltrane could learn a thing or two. Walker, who was a stand-up comedian in a former incarnation, is known for his engaging entertainment, ensuring audiences that come for the music will stay for his charm. (Jeremiah Osei is second keyboard, Hosea Vina backs the band with bass, while Emmanuel Folkes nails down drums.)
Counting Relentless, Charles has released seven albums, with Relentless being their largest evolution in sound. Walker says of Relentless, released on Ehlona Records: "'Hope,' the first song on the album, just reminds people that no matter how hard things may seem, you have to keep holding on to whatever your hope is and believe that things will get better. Try and stay focused on the positive. I wrote this song after going through a divorce. Another song on the album is 'In the Sun.' I wanted to capture a Motown feel but still make it sound as if it's fresh and 2012. I wrote that song for my girlfriend because she is a lot like a flower. She seems to get stronger and glow in the sun."
Director Name: Nate Brown
About The Video: This video was alot of fun to shoot. It was shot, obviously, in an art gallery that had all kinds of crazy stuff that turned into props.
Artist Website: http://www.walkerband.com
Label Name: Ehlona Records, Inc
Song Lyrics: Run down or just run out
Think what life is all about
Seek a little happiness
Dream a dream and then just live
Beat up or just beat down
Trouble follows you around
Down in the valley's shadow
Don't give up the upward battle
Don't stop believing
Just receive it
In the dream you're dreamin
In the life you're leading
Push on, don't look back
Let your dreams evolve to fact
Believe and you will win
In one step a journey begins
Dream on and with one dream
Reality changes or it seems
Hope and love never fail
Keep dreaming, one day you will
Verse 2 [repeated]
Don't stop believing
You've been conceiving
It takes two hills
For just one valley
There are hard times
We all be havin
Through the pain
We all must gain
Dreams only die
If we kill them
We only fail
If we will it
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