In the words of ‘The Royle Family’’s Ricky Tomlinson, “Charlie Landsborough is another of those singing sensations who found overnight success and stardom in only just under 30 years!!”….and he’s still sold more than half-a-million albums… in the UK alone, including four Silver and one Gold status albums!
He worked as a teacher, amongst other things as he continued to write and perform on a semi-professional basis. However, one song in particular was to transform his life. Charlie wrote ‘What Colour Is The Wind’, which tells the story of a young blind child’s attempts to envision the world. As a result of Gerry Anderson playing the track on radio in Northern Ireland, the song came to the notice of chat show host Pat Kenny in Dublin, who invited Charlie to perform on his immensely popular Kenny Show Live (RTE January 1995). The programme received its biggest ever response following Charlie’s appearance, and a week later Charlie’s album was suddenly at Number 1 in the Irish album charts, removing Garth Brooks from the top spot and fighting off fierce competition from Celine Dion.
Charlie’s songwriting blends easy on the ear, folk, country, ballads and blues with a strong and often personal lyric content, which has led to a winning formula and which has made an impact on so many professionals and fans alike. His songs have been covered by several artists including Jack Jones, Pat Boone, Foster & Allen, George Hamilton IV and Daniel O’Donnell. Even Charlie’s interpretations of other writer’s songs’ has an air of originality with depth and feeling. They are selected very carefully but even Charlie couldn’t have foreseen that the title track from his last album “Smile” - written by Charlie Chaplin - would be performed during the X Factor Final by the eventual winner Steve Brookstein!
Charlie’s last two albums have elevated his profile to a wider audience and this 40-track 2CD collection – which also features five new songs - will no doubt provide Charlie with a platform to move on to even greater success.