Charlie is a spoken word and rap artist known for combining literary influences with a pulsing, characterised delivery. Described by Annexe Magazine as ‘ a unique brand of poetic wizardry’, on the spoken word circuit and at festivals such as Latitude, Secret Garden Party and Soundwave, he has supported the likes of Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest, and is a four-time Hammer and Tongue national slam finalist. He is co-founder and host of the freestyle rap event, “On The Spot’ and has two hip-hop releases, ‘2012 Male’ and ‘OT’, currently out on Rocstar Recordings.
Trained as an actor and singer, Charlie has performed in musicals such ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Damn Yankees’ and most recently played Judas in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ for Shadow Road Productions. His first full-length rap-theatre show, ‘The Stories of Shakey P’ gives Shakespeare stories a riveting contemporary slant by re-imagining the Bard as a playground battle rapper. Commissioned in part by the RSC as a celebration of the outgoing artistic director, Michael Boyd, it debuted at the Edinburgh Festival 2012 to immense acclaim, hailed as ‘the best English lesson you never had!’ by The Scotsman. Since then it has toured festivals and schools, and has had London showings at the Arcola, the Roundhouse, Trafalgar Transformed as a TrafExtra event, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
In 2014, his second live theatre show, ‘Philosorappers’, re-told the entire history of Philosophy via a kinetic mish-mash of ukulele-hiphop, comedy and song, and 2016 sees the release of his Arts Council-funded 15-minute short film adaptation, ‘Faustus: Remixed’.
His is thrilled to be singing with the Collaborative Orchestra!
Since the age of 11, Jason has been singing using the Italian-originated vocal style of bel canto that prevailed throughout most of Europe during the 18th and early 19th centuries.
He studied music at Roehampton University, achieving a first in the Performance Studies module, and has been teaching singing privately since his graduation in 2009. He has sung with the BBC Symphony Chorus, taking part in BBC Proms as well as a television series called Maestro on BBC 1; and for the Prince and Princess Boncompagni Ludovisi in their palace in Rome. He currently teaches music in primary schools in London. Jason has been extending his vocal repertoire to include contemporary R&B, a musical genre containing the elements of of rhythm and blues, soul, funk, pop, hip hop and dance.
He has hopes of performing in West End shows or Royal Opera House performances, and eventually would like to open his own music school.