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    Charles Walker Band - "Hope" Ehlona Records


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    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.

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    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

    (Background) Hope
    Don't stop believing
    (Background) Hope
    Just receive it
    (Background) Hope
    In the dream you're dreamin
    (Background) Hope
    In the life you're leading

    Verse 2:
    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]

    The hope
    Don't stop believing
    The dream
    You've been conceiving
    It takes two hills
    For just one valley
    There are hard times
    We all be havin
    There's hope
    Through the pain
    There's strength
    We all must gain
    Dreams only die
    If we kill them
    We only fail
    If we will it


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