This is cross-posted in the Huffingtonpost Media Entertainment.
Remember where you were when you heard Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, or Alicia Keys’ Songs in A Minor? Like these two albums, you will remember the moment you heard Love, Work and Money, the stunning debut album from visionary musician Josh Charles. It is, quite simply, an instant classic.
It draws on many genres – blues, gospel, R&B, pop – and incorporates them in a uniquely powerful way. Josh Charles’ distinctive voice is the perfect anchor (and perfect compliment) to this 10-track masterpiece. It opens with The Waiting Game, an invigorating, up-tempo track sure to be a solid, radio-friendly hit. From the awesome title track to the smooth Just a Man, the listener will never be disappointed.
Charles burst onto the scene in early 2009 with the emotional Healing Time, the hit record he used to inspire those struggling with the scars of Hurricane Katrina. He includes that record on the album, as well as the powerful I’m Always Here for You, which is as much a love song as it is a postcard to his beloved New Orleans, and the soaring spirit that makes it The Emerald City.
This album is a major charm offensive for music lovers in search of great tunes, and for music executives eager to find the “next big thing”. This is a great accomplishment for a musician, singer and songwriter who is also a tremendous humanitarian. Love, Work and Money is the sound of great music, and 2010 is the year of Josh Charles.