Charles Walker Band | Ghetto Prophet

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Ghetto Prophet

by Charles Walker Band

Neo Funk with Heavy Pop Influence
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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1. Can't Hide Love
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2. Got Me Sangin'
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3. One in a Million
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4. Blind Woman See
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5. Call Me Maybe
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Tight, classy kick ass…Deep grooving, high energy music…Music to
season your soul with.”
-Maximum Ink

“…the Charles Walker Band, a quintet whose chops are strong,
whose command of the genre is certifiable, and who generate excitement at
every turn.”
-Jeff Tamarkin, All Music Guide

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 Parliament 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. (Luther Tate backs the band on bass, while Emmanuel Folkes nails down drums.)

As a testament to their live magic, the group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire,
Aaron Neville, Robert Cray, BB King, Richard Marx, Eddie Shaw (Howlin Wolf’s Sax Player), Booker T, Cameo and
Bernard Allison. The ensemble has been featured on Fox News, NBC “Live in the Morning,” nationally syndicated
“Discover Wisconsin,” and was the featured artist on the Blues Revue (2010) and Soul Bag (2007) sampler CDs
and has been nominated three years in a row for best soul/r&b act in Wisconsin by WAMI, winning the award in 2013.

Counting Ghetto Prophet, Charles has released eight albums, with Relentless being their largest evolution in sound. Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records: "'One in a Million,' where the title of the album comes from, tells the story we know can happen. That of the child who grows up impoverished and becomes something great. In this album, I again departed further in funk and Motown while remembering it’s 2014.”

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