Steve Charles (musician)

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Steve Charles
Background information
Born (1966-05-30) May 30, 1966 (age 48)
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1990s-present
Labels Step One
Associated acts Western Flyer

Steven Patrick Charles (born May 30, 1966), is an American musician, best known as a member of Western Flyer, and for his contributions to the Nashville recording industry.

Born in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, United States, Charles has lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Aurora, Illinois; Stow, Ohio; Bloomington, Indiana and currently resides in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Learning to play guitar at the age of nine, Charles grew up mostly in Ohio learning to play folk, country and bluegrass. Although obtaining a scholarship in Musical Theater at Kent State University, Charles's interest in guitar/vocal and the recording industry led him to Indiana University (IU) where he majored in Audio Engineering.

After graduating from IU, Charles moved to Nashville and began a career in the music industry. Gaining engineering credits on independent and major label recordings, Charles also worked as a technician at notable recording studios including OmniSound and Quad Recording. Charles also designed and manufactured the Room Mic Footswitch, a device that allows musicians to control turning on a studio room mic during a recording session.

In 1990, Charles auditioned for Steven Curtis Chapman's upcoming "For The Sake Of The Call" tour. After touring as lead guitarist and vocalist with Chapman, Charles met Chris Marion who invited Charles to team up with him and four other musicians (Danny Myrick, TJ Klay, Roger Helton, Bruce Gust) in a band later to become Step One Recording[1] artist Western Flyer.[2] Charles recorded two CDs with Western Flyer and left the group in June, 1996. The remaining members of Western Flyer disbanded at the end of 1996 to pursue other musical opportunities.

Today, Charles resides with his family in the Nashville area where he writes songs, continues to play a wide variety of instruments and musical styles, and works in computer software development.


The following is a list of some of the more notable credits acquire by Charles in the music industry:[3][4]

Year Artist Title Contribution
1889 Michael W Smith Christmas Assistant Engineer
1991 Gene Watson At Last Assistant Engineer[5]
1991 Vanessa Williams Comfort Zone Assistant Engineer
1992 Steven Curtis Chapman Great Adventure Vocals (Background), Voices[6]
1993 Charlie Chase My Wife...My Life Vocals (Background)[7]
1993 Carman Revival in the Land Assistant Engineer[8]
1996 Western Flyer Western Flyer Guitar, Vocals
1996 Western Flyer Back in America Guitar, Vocals
1998 Vanessa Williams Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years Assistant Engineer
2004 Michael W Smith Christmas Collection Assistant Engineer
2010 Various Artists The Essential Christmas Collection Assistant Engineer


  1. ^ "Western Flyer: Albums". Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Western Flyer by Western Flyer Music Video on Yahoo! Music". Yahoo. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Steve Charles". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Steve Charles". Artist direct. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Gene Watson Discography". Gene Watson. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  6. ^ "The Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman". Artist direct. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  7. ^ "Charlie Chase - My Wife...My Life CD Album". Cduniverse. 1993-09-21. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  8. ^ "Revival in the Land by Carman". Artist direct. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 

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