Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Charlie A’Court is the proverbial force to be reckoned with. Planted at the crossroads of roots and soul, Charlie’s mighty voice, fierce guitar work and contemporary songwriting have earned him an international following and a host of awards and accolades for his five solo albums to date. His latest offering, Come On Over, won the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Blues Recording of The Year and the 2015 Music Nova Scotia Award for Blues Recording of the Year.
Recorded at Blackfoot Sound Studio in Sydney, Australia, Come On Over showcases A’Court’s return to guitar driven grooves. Produced by Australia’s top blues rocker, Mark Lizotte a.k.a Diesel, the pair first met when both A’Court and Lizotte were invited to showcase at Canada’s East Coast Music Association Conference in 2013. With its Springsteen-esque pulse, “Come On Over” (the single) received solid support at radio, including reaching the number one spot on the nationally syndicated East Coast Countdown. Charlie also re-imagines the previously released song, “I’m Sorry” as a contemporary ballad featuring Australian soul sensation, Mahalia Barnes.
Born with the gift of voice, Charlie A’Court grew up in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, where he spent his youth learning to play guitar while immersed in his father’s vinyl record collection – discovering singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. “I remember being so profoundly moved and almost not old enough to know why” says A’Court. “There was something honest about the way they sang. They would sing with such conviction that simply commanded attention.”
Charlie began performing with his father on local stages before he was of legal age, regularly wowing the audience with his soulful vocals and well-honed guitar skills. Fuelled by that experience and the fire that comes from finding and following one’s passion, A’Court began touring and recording on his own, releasing his debut CD, Color Me Gone in 2002. He swept that year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards with wins for Male Artist of the year, Blues Recording of the year, Album of the year, Entertainer of the Year and received his first ECMA nomination for New Artist of the Year and Blues Recording of the year. He’s since released four more albums, earning eight Music Nova Scotia awards, and five East Coast Music Awards in categories from Blues Recording to Pop Recording to R&B/Soul Recording. A’Court has also had national recognition, receiving multiple Maple Blues Award nominations including Male Vocalist and Songwriter of the year with his 2012 release, Triumph & Disaster.
Continuing to strengthen his collaborative ties to Australia, A’Court teamed up with bluesman phenom, Lloyd Spiegel, to co-write “Refuse To Fear”. After the terrorist attacks in Brussels (March 2016), the pair were inspired to create this timely, heartfelt song which has just recently been named a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
On the home front, A’Court has co-write credits and special guest performances on two Spring 2017 releases. Halifax rocker, Christine Campbell features A’Court on the edgy “Can’t Stop The Clock”, while Mike Biggar, country soul artist from New Brunswick performs “Love & Insanity” showcasing A’Court on guitars.
Off stage, A’Court makes giving back to his community a priority. This March, A’Court announced the Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music, a $500 bursary awarded to a Nova Scotia high school graduate who is continuing his/her music education in university or college.
Arguably most revered for his dynamic, engaging live performance, Charlie A’Court tours non-stop throughout his native Canada and his adopted second home of Australia, with forays to the USA, UK and Europe.
Charlie A’Court has enjoyed headline performances at Stan Rogers Folk Festival (CAN), Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (CAN), Great Southern Blues Festival (AUS), Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), repeat performances at Kerrville Folk Festival (USA) and has shared the stage with James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Martin Sexton, Delbert McClinton, UB40, Canned Heat, Colin James, Dan Aykroyd and Jimmie Vaughan, among countless others.
“A’Court slides into his role as smooth soul man with ease…Singing high and mighty, rising into falsetto, getting into the groove, or slaying us with tenderness, he’s a singing tour-de-force.” Bob Mersereau, CBC