Lafayette Charles | The Merry-Go-Round Of Life

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The Merry-Go-Round Of Life

by Lafayette Charles

With a story behind each song, The Merry-Go-Round of Life has classic R&B sounds with Smooth Jazz and spiritual overtones. Having worked with Curtis Mayfield, Usher, Speech, Bobby Valentino, and Raven-Symone, Lafayette showcases his many talents.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
1:08 $0.99
2. N-Order
3:59 $0.99
3. Lovewait
5:00 $0.99
4. Real Love
4:44 $0.99
5. Inside
2:49 $0.99
6. Calling Your Name
3:44 $0.99
7. Cosmetic
4:44 $0.99
8. Believe
4:47 $0.99
9. C-Thru
4:15 $0.99
10. Return
3:40 $0.99
11. The Merry-Go-Round Of Life
5:41 $0.99
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The Merry-Go-Round of Life is classic R&B with Smooth Jazz and spiritual overtones. There is a story behind each song, including the two instrumentals, Inside and Return.

In an interview dated 3/24/2006 with Delta Bluhe, Lafayette states, “The songs are about the things that we encounter in life, which I refer to as 'the merry-go-round of life', such as love, consequences for our actions, and spiritual awakenings.” According to the interview, one of Lafayette’s favorite songs on this CD is Love Wait, which “…was inspired by those times in my life when I allowed very important relationships to suffer for various reasons. The song actually brought me to tears at times as I thought about how I will never get the opportunity on this side of glory again to share with those that have passed.”

For further information or to read the interview in its entirety, visit Lafayette’s website:

About the Artist:

Lafayette Charles, who was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, is a musician having the unique combined talents of being a composer, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, vocal coach, and producer. Lafayette has worked with Grammy-award winners (Curtis Mayfield, Usher, and Speech of Arrested Development), and other various artists, such as Bobby Valentino, and Raven of “That's So Raven” and “The Cosby Show”.

Lafayette, whose real name is Lafayette Summers, is a graduate of Morehouse College, with a BA in Music Composition. He was a member of the world renowned Morehouse College Glee Club, under the direction of Wendell P. Whalum.

Now, as Lafayette professionally embarks upon greater heights in his music career, he has chosen the name of Lafayette Charles in memory of his father and brother whose first names were Charles.



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Mack & Sarah - Chicago, IL

While riding in the car or sitting/working at home, we enjoy listening to The Merry-Go-Round of Life. We especially like the instrumental, Return. Lafayette's piano playing skills are excellent!

Walter (Ray) - Atlanta, GA

Music is a passion for me. When I heard the CD, I thought to myself, this guy has serious skills. Of course, I have witnessed Lafayette's music in person, and his piano playing blows me away. Lafayette is also a great singer. I've recommended this CD to all of my friends. It's GREAT!

Annie R. - Itta Bena, MS

It's Really GREAT!
The Merry-Go-Round of Life is great! When we found out that Lafayette did everything, including, writing and composing the songs, all the vocals, and the music, we could only say one word, WOW!

Angela - Kennesaw, GA

The Hard Work Really Paid Off! AWESOME JOB!!!
Lafayette is a perfectionist, and the fruits of his labor are evident in this masterfully done CD. I love it. Of course, my favorite song is Calling Your Name, where I hear his deep heartfelt passion. I hear Lafayette's singing and music very often, and he always amazes me, because I know that God has truly blessed him. The Merry-Go-Round of Life is highly recommended for everyone of all ages. Enjoy!

Jacqueline Camper

sultry, soulful, spiritual, tantalizing, laid back
I thought when I heard you at Houlihan's on Sunday evening prior to my plane flight that your CD would be a lot of the same but I was very pleasantly surprised in that it was notches above what I heard you play from other artists. Your lyrics are uniquely you, Mr. Charles, VERY WELL DONE!!!!

Stanley L. Raper

Being a connoisseur of great music for many years, I found Lafayette Charles’
THE MERRY-GO-ROUND OF LIFE, a refreshingly great addition to the Music Masters.

In my search for great music that moves me, it has always been a rare delight when I find
a “cut” (CD, LP, etc.) that delivers not just one or two greats “cuts” that I can grove on, but when it’s the entire CD, ladies and gentlemen, that’s rare and very special.
And Lafayette Charles’ THE MERRY-GO-ROUND OF LIFE is proof positive.

When I listen to a new CD for the first time, and keep playing it over and over – it’s saying something to me musically, lyrically and emotionally, because the artist is telling his story, his way, and when it touches me and it did. I know he is an artist that the world will come to appreciate and love, because Lafayette Charles has all the ingredients of a great musician that all the other stars will have to make room for.

Stanley L. Raper

joanie crouse

This cd is so sweet and all that needs to be said
is that you will love it!!!

Raymond Callahan

It's a Hit in my Book!
This CD was most enjoyable recommended to me by your brother, Rick. He said I would enjoy and I did - great job man - good luck and continue on.

audrey wike

smooth; upbeat; savvy and mellow
I really love this CD especially the instrumentals and ...Merry Go Round.

Mark / Los Angeles

Quite The Enjoyable Ride!
You'll definitely enjoy your ride on The Merry Go Round of Life! Lafayette Charles draws upon the rich heritage of soul and R&B but also has his own unique brand of velvety-smooth grooves. Standouts include Call Your Name and The Merry Go Round of Life. If you like artists such as Smokey Robinson, John Legend, and Maxwell, you'll find plenty to love on this CD.
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