Charles Stephen Hughes - Independent Singer, Songwriter
The second eldest of five brothers and one sister, Charles Stephen Hughes grew up on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois listening to all styles of music, from R&B to Gospel to Pop, with even some Country thrown in. His Aunt Flora especially influenced him to broaden his musical taste. He started his singing career in grammar school talent shows, graduating eventually to middle school and high school choruses.
As an adult, Charles Stephen collected an extensive library of of Chicago House, Electronic Dance, 80's Pop, and Gospel CD's. In the privacy of his home, he would dance and sing along to his music collection, envisioning himself on the stage. However, he kept his musical abilities confined to himself, his family and his close friends until he was given a karaoke machine one Christmas and a keyboard the next.
The karaoke machine led to his production of a limited edition CD for family and friends. The keyboard, which he taught himself to play, led to his first original compositions with his own music and lyrics.
"Love Notes", his first CD, was released on the Independent Records label. It consists entirely of original songs written, performed and recorded by Charles Stephen. Encouraged by enthusiastic responses from all around the world, he released a second CD of original dance music entitled "The Dance", again written, performed and recorded by himself.