Charlie was born an only child in New York City, grew up in Connecticut, went to Woodstock Festival in '69 then Boston University's School of Engineering. Following the sudden shock of his mother's death from cancer in 1970 he quit college and fell into a year of nearly suicidal confusion and depression, fueled by drugs and alcohol. Life seemed hopeless, until one morning he was awakened with a vision of a stormy night sky suddenly lit up by a powerful flash of lightning in the perfect shape of a CROSS! This got his attention and prepared his heart for a work of God, and a few days later he met an old friend who gradually introduced him to the Savior of all, the Lord Jesus Christ. After studying the Bible for a year in a commune in California, Charlie hit the road for the next 15 years playing guitar and singing Christian songs, classic rock and blues in streets, bars, churches, restaurants, concerts, festivals, private parties, hotels, TV and radio from California to Calcutta. He then became a radio D.J., most notably at Christian rock station WCRM-FM and rock station WABT-FM in suburban Chicago in the 80s and 90s. Charlie is married to Karen: they have nine children and three grandchildren. "INVITATION" is his 2010 solo album, a collection of 25 original Christian folk-rock-blues songs based on principles and Christian teachings that influenced Charlie's life.