Charlie Thomas has been a career guitarist and vocalist since the age of 19. In 2017, he will be inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame.
In college, he studied musical arranging with Bill Potts, the world renowned “Porgy and Bess” arranger and pianist. In the 80s, Charlie performed at a jazz studies clinic in DC with trumpet legend Clark Terry. Charlie has also greatly enjoyed his expertise at rock clinics at local high schools in MD, DC and VA. His recording credits are long and distinguished and he is a first call session player at many of the studios in DC metro area. At Omega Studios in Rockville, MD, Charlie is part of the Beta Test Recording Ensemble, which assembles annually to record big band jazz arrangements written by some of the country’s finest Jazz composers.
Charlie performs frequently with “Swing Machine,” a 17-piece jazz band comprised of current and former members of the military’s premier jazz ensembles (i.e., “Airmen of Note,” “US Army Blues,” “Commodores”). Charlie has been a featured performer on numerous records within DC’s Ethiopian community. He has performed for every president since Ronald Reagan at many private gatherings as well as the inaugural balls. He also was a featured combo guitarist at the Vice Presidential mansion. Charlie's credits include tours with the USO “Miss USA” shows visiting Latin America and the Caribbean backing several performers.
Charlie is a founding member of the variety band “Street Life” performing hundreds of society and corporate events, in addition to weddings and public clubs. He continues his career playing guitar and singing at private events and public bars in the band “Chuggalug,” covering a huge variety of mainstream music to include Jimi Hendrix, Journey, Led Zeppein, Elvis, Joe Satriani, Foo Fighters, James Taylor, Lady Gaga, Pink, Katy Perry, jazz standards, etc. Charlie’s newest band “Us!” performs original pop/rock music, and released a 14-song CD in 2015. In 2016, Charlie joined Capitol/EMI recording artist “Face Dancer” as guitarist and vocalist. Charlie is the humble epitome of what it means to dedicate your life to music as a full-time career musician.