King Charles (musician)

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King Charles
King Charles, 24° Festival Chorus des Hauts de Seine, photo F. Loock.JPG
King Charles in 2012.
Background information
Born (1985-05-06) May 6, 1985 (age 32)
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative, folk-pop, surf rock, indie
Years active 2007–present
Labels Universal Republic, Mi7, Island, Buffalo Gang
Associated acts Adventure Playground

King Charles (born Charles Costa, 6 May 1985) is a singer-songwriter from West London.

Charles plays the guitar, piano, and cello. He is also a classically trained singer and performed in his school's choir.[1] He began writing songs when he was 17, and in 2009, he won the International Songwriting Competition by unanimous vote.[2]

Charles studied at St Paul's School, then going on to study sociology for two terms at Durham University, Charles returned to London in 2007, adopted the pseudonym King Charles, and formed a band, Adventure Playground, which toured with Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale before disbanding in 2008.[2] He has also gone on tour around the UK and The United States alongside Mumford and Sons.

In 2009 he became the first ever Brit to win the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville for his song 'Love Lust.'.[3] The competition was judged by Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis, and following this victory King Charles was signed by Universal Republic/Island.[4]

After signing a global contract with Universal Republic through his UK independent label Mi7 Records, King Charles recorded his debut album, Loveblood, in Hollywood, CA. It was released on 8 May 2012.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
LoveBlood 36 168 78
Gamble for a Rose


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Bam Bam" 2011 LoveBlood
"Love Lust"
"Ivory Road"
"Mississippi Isabel" 2012 84
"Loose Change for the Boatman" 2015 Gamble for a Rose
"Gamble for a Rose"


  1. ^ "Glastonbury 2009 – King Charles". BBC. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b "King Charles’s Biography – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at". 11 February 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Why we're watching… King Charles". The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ a b "King Charles" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Discographie King Charles" (in French). Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  7. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  8. ^ "Discografie King Charles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 

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