Char Butler's appreciation for the fine arts began through the influence of her artistic father. She was identified as having a gift of voice and started singing at local church services. She started private vocal training and playing clarinet at an early age. Her first live radio singing broadcast was at the age of eleven on a local channel in Oklahoma. She broadened her classical training by studying opera, singing as a colatura soprano at the age of thirteen. She sang with the Christian Dimensions, a local sing out group who toured the United States in the 70’s. The group was on televised in various states and recorded one album. Throughout her secondary school years she sang in many music competitions. She bought her first guitar at the age of seventeen and started performing folk songs for local entertainment, following the style of Joan Baez and Carol King.
After attaining her Masters degree in counseling from Oklahoma State University, she began in depth study on guitar through a small private university. Her song writing career began in the late 1970’s. She began working for Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma in 1985. She taught guitar for the Fine Arts Department for seven of the nine years that she worked for the university. While living in Enid, she was a music director for a local Christian Church. She taught as an adjunct professor for the university and was a vocal judge for the Tri-State Music Festival.
Dreamy vocals embellish Char Butler’s evocative pop/rock
Reviewed by Carson James
Char Butler/”My Life”-”Tonight” [promo single]
Taken from her album Secrets of the Heart, the songs “My Life (I Love You)” and “Tonight” glide by with dreamy textures and somewhat ethereal vocals. With its sublime piano and subtle electronica touches, “My Life (I Love You)” is probably too gorgeous and evocative for commercial radio. Do they still play songs as sweetly arranged and fetchingly sung as this? I’m reminded of the Cranberries without the post-grunge guitars and Irish accents
I am not taking students at this time. I taught guitar for about sixteen years. I started students with a classical orientation, including music theory. I have taught beginners through university level students.