In an article published by Texas Music Magazine last year, music journalist Trey Gutierrez wrote: Charles Bryant may the most prolific Texas songwriter you’ve never heard of. His 3rd, and latest CD, titled ‘Kiss The Sun’ was named one it’s best Texas album releases of 2017. In his review of the album, music journalist William Michael Smith concluded: “A vast, sweeping work of beauty, grace, compassion and heart, ‘Kiss The Sun’ gives hope to those who miss the bruising word constructions of Townes Van Zandt and other Houston singer-songwriters who set the bar so high to begin with. ‘Kiss The Sun’ is no less than a minor masterpiece from a true underdog an native son”.
All this is especially shocking considering that Charles is a lifelong agoraphobic who didn’t play his 1st open-mic until he was 50 years, at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston in late 2012. This was in response to a devastating series of health crises in 2011, later found to be caused by a rare blood-clotting disorder that was creating potentially life-threatening blood clots in his legs and lungs. Convinced that he didn’t want to take his songs to the grave with him without them being heard, he decided that he needed to try to get on a stage. He has now been performing in public for almost 6 years.
Charles was born and lives in Pasadena, Texas. He is married to his wife Kathi and they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.