“With his dynamic, multi-facetted voice, Charles easily won the audience over.”Die Rheinpfalz
…has always been my life’s passion. Since I was a little boy, from the first time I sang in church, music has always been the main focus of my life. I could never imagine being anything else in life other than a musician. I live for the stage, and over the years I’ve been very fortunate to have travelled all over the world, performing in various venues for lots of enthusiastic crowds. I have been a recording artist (signed with Sony Music Germany in the ’90’s), background singer (performing with numerous national and international top recording acts) songwriter, producer, and remixer. My greatest asset is my musical diversity; from classical, to jazz, to electronic / EDM, to soul / R&B, to rock & metal, I feel comfortable in most musical styles. My motto is simple: ‘If it doesn’t suck, I can sing it!’ Music is life, and I’m proud to have chosen it as my career path.
“Classical vocal technique, as well as Jazz improvisation are only a few of the facets of All-around talent Charles Simmons.”Stuttgarter Zeitung
Two of the oldest musical instruments in human history are the drum and the voice. Other than being a potentially mind-blowing musical instrument, the voice is our primary source of communication, and because of this it must be taken care of and trained in order to work at it’s fullest potential.
As an instructor at the University of Popular Music and Business (Popakademie) in Mannheim, the Modern Music Center in Stuttgart, and as a vocal coach for the television shows “X-Factor”, “My Name Is…”, numerous corporate events and seminars, I’ve worked tirelessly to bring my knowledge and expertise to a wide variety of people.
Singing is my life’s work, and I want to share with you the experience I’ve gained over many years as a professional singer, to help you unlock the secrets of your own voice.
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I grew up listening to Gospel, Soul and Rock music, and I’m trained in classical voice, Jazz Improvisation, and musical theater. I have performed with many U.S. and European top artists and producers, including Mary J. Blige, Shaggy, Steve Lukather and Simon Philips (Toto), Brian McKnight, The Weather Girls, Crystal Waters, Sonique, the Backstreet Boys, Xavier Naidoo and Roachford, among others. My voice is featured in one of Germany’s longest running advertising campaigns, the “Magic of Home” Langnese Cremissimo Ice Cream commercial series (16 years and counting!). One of the highlights of my career was my appearance on Season One of “The Voice of Germany”, where I performed versions of Seal’s classic song “Love’s Divine”, REM’s “Everybody Hurts” and “Closer To The Edge” from 30 Seconds to Mars.
As a songwriter, I’ve collaborated with a number of hit songwriters and producers and my songs have entered the Pop and Dance charts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Greece. My music has been featured on television shows in Europe and South America, I’ve also written and collaborated on image songs for a number of international companies.
As a dance producer and remixer, I’ve worked for many music industry and corporate clients, producing remixes for german artists Moses Pelham, Glashaus, Waterproof and iO (my project with Guano Apes band members Dennis Poschwatta, Stefan Ude and Henning Rümenapp) My collaborations with german DJ / Producer Niels van Gogh resulted in at least four chart entries in the GDC (German Dance Charts) since 2012.