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Charles Alexander (born April 2, 1958), in Boston, Massachusetts, known professionally as Prince Charles Alexander, is a Grammy Award–winning. American producer, audio engineer, recording artist and educator. "Prince Charles and the City Beat Band" recorded three albums on Virgin Records from the early to mid 80s, and achieved their biggest successes on the European charts. Alexander fronted the group as the lead singer and multi instrumentalist. The futuristic wind synthesizer called the "Lyricon" was the instrument that made his brand of next generation p-funk unique, and the group's sound incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene.