Charles Locke began playing piano at the age of 11, the guitar at 13, and before graduating high school in Boston, he had already written over 300 songs. And now, more than 4000 original songs later, he is still writing everyday as effortlessly as breathing. He has also written 4 books and for the last 13 years he has been writing mostly celebrity stories every month for a magazine sold in New England called 'The South Shore Puzzle Journal.' He started writing for a new, international, music magazine in April, 2016 called "Balz Magazine." And his first book, a sci-fi comedy, thriller based on quantum physics called "Quark County Bounty Hunter," is available on Amazon. Here's the link...
In 2011, he won an international song writing competition called 'Battle of the Bands' hosted by 'NewUSB Radio' based in the UK. He has played guitar and sang with Jesse Ed Davis (who played on some of John Lennon’s solo albums), Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Gene Clark from the Byrds, Spencer Davis, Buddy Miles; and he sang 'We are the World' on stage with Michael Jackson live on TV at the Grammy’s.
He has also worked with everyone from Brittany Spears, Maria Carey and Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Besides being a musician, Charles Locke worked with the production of concerts from 5000 seat venues to 60 thousand seat stadiums. He was a touring stage manager for the 'International Festival,' which began locally at the Bayside Expo Center in Boston, but soon began traveling around the U.S. with Charles tending to the needs of acts from nearly 100 different countries. He worked for promoters in Boston from 1993 to 2008: Live Nation, Clear Channel, Don Law, AEG and many more. He has worked at the Boston Garden, The Comcast Center, The Orpheum Theater, The Wang Center, The Worcester Centrum, Bank of America Pavilion, and 100s of other venues. His last job in Boston was working with Neil Diamond at Fenway Park for AEG in 2008.
Charles studied various forms of martial arts for over 20 years, but mostly Tae Kwon Do at a school in Korea Town, Los Angeles. His master was 'Master Sam Jin Suh' a 10th degree black belt. And at a tournament, Charles received a rather obscure award for being the most dedicated student.
Charles moved back to Los Angeles from Boston in 2009. His full name is Charles Locke Govatsos, but he uses Charles Locke for his stage name.
Charles toured Japan twice; in 2008 and again in 2014. His Japanese promoter supplied him with an all Japanese backup band and they played all original songs, and 3 covers, during his hour and a half long concerts.
A quote from Martin Olson, Disney creator, singer & songwriter for SpongeBob SquarePants and Phineas and Ferb, New York Times bestselling author (The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia) and screenplay writer.
"Charles Locke is one of the best and most prolific songwriters in Los Angeles. I agree with the other comments about how classic and catchy his hooks and melodies are. The most astonishing thing is how perfect his lyrical sense is. I'd recommend musicians go see his classic band perform his originals in Los Angeles, and for singers to contact Charles and cover his classic songs on their CDs."