Part of MOJA Arts Festival:
HIGHER GROUND: The Music of Stevie Wonder
Featuring Quiana Parler, Charlton Singleton, & Friends
Fri · September 29, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmCharleston Music Hall
$19.50 - Tier 2 | $24.50 - Tier 1 | $14.50 - Student / Groups of 6+ (Box Office Only)
Dinner & Show option available for an additional $32
Call for reservations after purchasing Dinner & Show option
Dinner at Vincent Chicco's - (843) 203-3002
Dinner at Virginia's on King - (843) 735-5800
Tickets can also be purchased at Music Hall Box Office:
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Charlton attended Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary, Laing Middle and Wando High schools. He went on to attend the Berklee College of Music and South Carolina State College from which he graduated in 1994 with a degree in music performance.
His life has always been awash in music. It was always present in his home growing up. His grandfather sat him on his knee and sang to him, just like he did his other 54 grandchildren. Once again, Charlton is the youngest.
“It was the ‘Jump, Baby Jump Song’,” he told writer Jack McCray. “Ask anyone of my relatives that are close to my age or older if they remember that, and they WILL start singing it.”
By the time he was in middle school, he was a multi-instrumentalist. He had mastered the piano, violin, and cello and trumpet, his primary instrument today.
Charlton has emerged in the last several years as the face of jazz performance in the Lowcountry. After long stints in various small ensembles playing many styles of popular music, he became conductor and artistic director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, a 20-piece aggregation at the vanguard of jazz in South Carolina today that arose from the prototypical Charlton Singleton Orchestra in March of 2008.
He enjoys tremendous stature and fame as a result. His likeness is emblazoned on promotional materials everywhere all the time and he is among the most widely covered performers by media outlets. His high energy, music-in-motion image graced the cover of Charleston Magazine’s November issue, its first-ever edition devoted to music.
Thousands have seen him perform in churches, concert halls, clubs, on recordings and in films where he delights them with a magical, versatile artistry that dazzles like a diamond in the sun.
He is also a prominent educator, providing private lessons and having taught in local school districts where his reputation is legendary.
Charlton’s presence, on and off the stage, is luminescent. It shines brightly everywhere, all the time.
He lives in North Charleston with his wife, Mary Jo, and two children Shalamar Boyd and D’Marcus Boyd.
He is a board member of Jazz Artists of Charleston where he serves as vice president. No other individual has done more in the Lowcountry recently than Charlton to further the history and legacy of jazz music in South Carolina.
His work, the light of his life, burnishes the lives of all who encounter him and it appears to be poised to go on forever.
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403