From a classically trained background to a modern spin on her own brand of country/pop/rock, Charlie Savigar has evolved into an artist determined to bring her exciting, upbeat and catchy musical style to a wide audience.
It could have turned out very different, though, had she chosen to pursue her other love in life—sport. Throughout her formative years, and even during her university days, Charlie participated in a number of different sports. Highlights included being part of the England Women’s Lacrosse World Cup training squad, and, more recently, being selected to play football for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.
Indeed, sport and music stood side by side in Charlie’s life until she made the decision to study Music at university in London.
After being diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy as a child, Charlie’s main form of escapism was writing music for the piano. This helped calm her moods and controlled her emotions. There were some tough times, especially after seizures and having to get used to different types of medication, but Charlie’s love of writing music helped her through these times.
Through her piano teacher, Charlie was fortunate to meet Status Quo frontman Francis Rossi when she was 17. Without a country/rock bone in her body (at that time), Francis had his work cut out trying to encourage Charlie to take up guitar and start singing, but that’s exactly what she did! Over the next 10 years, with the wealth of knowledge and honest feedback she had acquired from Francis (which on many occasions had resulted in him telling her that her songs were s**t!), Charlie started performing as a solo artist across London, Brighton and Guildford.
Growing bored of gigging on her own, Charlie spent the next few years forming bands and developing her song-writing skills. With an ever-expanding country / Americana music collection, she was also developing her own sound. Five bassists, four drummers and three guitarists later, she has finally found the perfect mix of musicians to bring her songs to life both through live performance and in the recording studio.
Charlie brought out her debut album Get In Line (with independent label The Animal Farm) in 2013. She is a busy musician, gigging weekly and writing daily. An obsession with all things purple and a pretty wacky musical style makes this performer definitely worth checking out!