She began work with her own band on a studio LP in 2008. The original lineup consisted of Charli Hunt , Ruphael Woldemariam, Ralph Mote, Acher Reed, and Brian Rock (returned 2011 to 2012). The musicians worked closely with each other, along with fan feedback, to create songs for an anticipated release. Hunt's background and style, deviated from the dominant "traditional" and "dance-hall" personas in reggae, and she would later attempt to alter the genre stylistically, as a selected set of musicians and artists joined her cause for creating an alternative aesthetic. She set out develop a new sound incorporating unlikely elements to make something different.
Hunt remained keenly aware of the need to stay away from any pigeonholed ideas of her unique style. Ray Reid and William Anderson, of 70's Disco funk band Crown Heights Affair, stepped in to lend a hand for the recording efforts. Recognizing her inherent talent and classic soul sensibilities, the pair flew in from New York to do sessions, bringing with them an amazing energy and writing talent to the project. When creative tensions flared between musicians and producers, Brian Rock was ousted after a disagreement in August 2010, and the band re-organized.
They reformed in September 2010 with new members Martin Olive, Destiny 'TK' Pivonka, and 'PK' Atta-Fynn and continued work on her compositions. Rock returned to the group during the spring of 2011, prior to the completion of the recordings; However, when problems arose in late 2010, Charli and newly formed Boom Shot Records parted ways, citing conflicts regarding creative direction. Due in part to a succession of festival and society gigs, she has gained the appreciation and admiration of many. In short, Hunt has maintained a reputation for being versatile. But, it was a journey to East Africa, in early 2005, that changed her view of not only music but also of the world.
When she and a small group of musicians traveled, in a supporting role, to Ethiopia alongside an international reggae artist to take part in Africa Unite — part of a month long celebration of Bob Marley’s 60th Birthday Anniversary — the monumental event chronicled the Marley family's first visit to the African nation. The concert and related festive activity was captured via global news coverage, broadcasts on the BBC, as well as many other international media outlets in several countries. Film crews documented the historic celebration which took place on stage in front of an epic audience of thousands from around the world. She has appeared with the group Baaro, former backing band for Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, and also with the acclaimed Ken Arlen Music Consultancy when she performed standards and popular songs for privately attended and also major events. Other credits include back-up vocalist work for Nervous Records NYC dance music artist Kim English; for a well-known British Soul artist; televised performances with various artists; performances at the Wild Hare reggae club; as well as jazz sets at the Green Dolphin Street jazz club.
Groove merchant DJ Anthony Nicholson featured her voice on dance tracks for Clairaudience, King Street Records, and Nite Grooves. Their bass thumping work generated a buzz on play lists around the world. King Street Records has a reputation for cutting edge, non-conforming musical compositions and the singer's voice fits right into the lush, deep house compilation, which is comprised of only a few vocal tracks. Charli (Ch/ɑːr./ iː) re-released her version of ‘Sweet Lovin’ (Hogland 2009), a tune penned by Brian Rock, Hunt, and members of a local reggae group called Gizzae. Her hip-hop infused version of the song, highlights her lyrical style, and proved to be a favorite among fans.
The original version of this song was included on 'Roots Like A Lion' (2008), one of many album releases by the popular band, and featured her arrangement and writing skills on background vocals. Their initial collaborations led to what would transform and develop into the eventual studio LP entitled "Sweet Loving" (2011) on an indie imprint (the now defunct Boom Shot). Now, stepping to the forefront of new music with songs to get the blood and brain flowing, Charli invokes shades of Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Bob Marley, Adele, Steel Pulse, India Arie, a dash of Natalie Merchant, and more. The new songs are quite eclectic but speak to one universal truth; That Love is what makes the world go around. This simple idea, along with her tag-line (“Peace, Love, Unity”), seems to be this artist's raison d’être, as she continues to spread a message filled with positivity.
The songs are a journey through emotion and thought. Visit her official homepage http://bit.ly/1parHVK More Information Other Web Locations • SoundCloud • Facebook • YouTube • MySpace • Twitter Band Members • Charli Hunt Former Members • Ruphael Woldemariam• Ralph Mote• Asher Reed• Brian Rock• Martin Olive• Destiny 'TK' Pivonka• 'PK' Atta-Fynn Labels • Nite Grooves• King Street Sounds• Sight Unseen Media Group• Max Music & Entertainment, Inc. • Miquifaye• Clairaudience• Boom Shot Records• Rhythm Zone Other Spellings • Charli• Charlie Hunt Read the ROLLING OUT MAGAZINE interview - http://bit.ly/1dycyXt Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..