Charlie started singing in choirs at a young age and continued to do so throughout college. He started playing the guitar at eleven when he heard Weezer's "blue" album, specifically the song, "Holiday". He then began writing songs at fifteen and formed his first band. His band, Echovalve, won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2004, and toured both nationally and internationally. Charlie attributes a lot of his songwriting style to his chorale upbringing, and the wide variety of his musical taste.