Charlie Wood is a talented and versatile singer, songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style ranges from blues to jazz to r&b and all points in between. Born in Memphis, TN in 1967, Charlie studied classical piano from an early age and jazz piano in high school and college. He spent 1990 on the road as keyboardist for legendary blues guitarist Albert King, with whom he toured the U.S. and Europe. He has also performed and recorded with numerous other regional and national acts, has worked as composer and musical director for local theatre groups and independent filmmakers, and has played and sung on countless jingles and album projects.
For over fifteen years the Charlie Wood Trio - consisting of Charlie on piano, Hammond B-3, pedal bass and vocals, Renardo Ward on drums, and Gerard Harris (formerly of Kool and the Gang) on guitar - performed nightly at the King's Palace Café on Beale Street. During their tenure at the Palace such musical luminaries as B.B. King, George Coleman, Joey DeFrancesco, Alvin Batiste, Tony Reedus, Rufus Thomas, Georgie Fame and many others stopped by to sit in and play with the band. On a recent tour in England, Robert Plant joined Charlie onstage to sing five or six of his favorite Memphis r&b classics.
Charlie's work has earned him numerous musical accolades, including the N.A.R.A.S. Premier Player Award for Keyboards and the Beale St. Merchants' Association Entertainer of the Year award. He has toured extensively in Europe and the U.K. to promote his original music and has performed on television and radio programs across the continent. Wood is also an accomplished songwriter with two original CDs, Southbound and Who I Am, produced by Daddy-O Records (and currently in release on Ben Sidran's GoJazz label) and a third original CD, Somethin' Else, released on Daddy-O Records on August 31, 2005.