2. Love Lust
Since launching his debut single, Time of Eternity, in 2010, King Charles has garnered much press, online and radio support from radio djs Rob Da Bank, Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson and Huw Stephens. Performing to critical acclaim throughout the UK and Europe, he has gathered an ever-swelling and devout audience and most recently supported Mumford & Sons on their sold-out US tour. 2010 saw King Charles also win the prestigious International Songwriting Competition by an unprecedented unanimous vote from a panel of industry heavyweights including Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Timbaland, Black Francis and Jerry Lee Lewis. A hotly tipped act for 2011, King Charles is currently recording his debut album due for release in the coming summer.
As a boy, Charles learned the cello, sang in the school choir and trained his voice classically as a treble. He fell in love with country music, took up the guitar and started listening to Bob Dylan who he says, "made the world bigger for me". Charles started writing country-style songs at seventeen when he also began writing poems. "Music was a good way to take the edge off the cliché of the young poet", jokes Charles.
Following a year at Durham University, he returned to London without a degree but with the nifty new moniker King Charles. He formed a band, Adventure Playground who, along with other like-minded souls made West London scene hotspot Bosun's Locker their base. Adventure Playground went on to tour with Laura Marling and Noah and The Whale and disbanded in 2008, when King Charles went solo.