Coordinator: Charlie Crow
Bio: Charlie Crow’s lifelong interest in music and poetry of all types took a turn toward songwriting in the early 1980's. He began writing his own song lyrics and music with satirical songs and poetry he wrote for closing dinners for his investment banking clients. After moving to Nashville in 1990 as a corporate executive, he joined NSAI and went to Song Camp 101 in 1996, which ignited his passion for learning the craft and business of songwriting. When his church built its first house for Habitat for Humanity, he was inspired to write "Loving Hearts, Willing Hands," which was distributed by Habitat for Humanity International and the Gospel Music Association as part of a major fundraiser in Nashville.
Charlie and his wife, Anne are both from Arkansas and, after fifteen years in Nashville, relocated back to Little Rock to be closer to their families in 2005. He soon started up the Central Arkansas Chapter of NSAI, filling a void left by the disbanded Arkansas Songwriters Association.
Charlie is committed to helping other songwriters grow in their musical pursuits through membership in the Central Arkansas chapter. He participates in NSAI events and workshops in Nashville and plays an occasional gig as time permits. He studied in Deanna Walker's unique guest songwriters seminar program at the Blair School of Music, which features a different professional songwriter each week. This led to individual studies taken from Rivers Rutherford and Pat Pattison. He has his own home digital desktop audio recording studio, using Sonar recording software. A keyboard player, and he is now learning acoustic guitar.
His eclectic approach to songwriting embraces Americana, Broadway-style ballads, country, jazz, pop and gospel, and he particularly enjoys writing in the satirical or humorous vein. He has belonged to various musical groups and bands in Little Rock, Birmingham and Nashville, and enjoys singing bass in his church wherever he has been. His CD, Angela’s Asleep: Songs of Life and Living, was issued in 2010, to favorable critical reviews. His song, “Odometer Blues,” that compares an aging car to its aging singer, was featured in the National Public Radio program, Car Talk.
He sang as a session singer in numerous baroque and pop choral recordings by the New Cumberland Singers. He was founding board president of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, a new all-volunteer community non-profit orchestra for Middle Tennessee, and served as interim chief development officer for Nashville Opera Association. Charlie was also an active member of Music Row Democrats.
Charlie is a semi-retired executive management and development consultant to nonprofit organizations. He served as president of the Arkansas Chamber Singers board of directors; he is currently chair-elect of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation and was recently appointed to the Arkansas Liquified Petroleum Gas Board.
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