Coming from a state that is known for horses, basketball, corvettes, and fried chicken, you would merely think that successful music writers, artists, and producers would come from the same place; Kentucky. With the mainstream success of artists such as Static Major (RIP) and Nappy Roots, a vision is created that a music career can become a reality rather than just a dream. About 45 minutes north of Nashville, TN and an hour and a half south of Louisville, KY, resides artist Charlie Grams from Bowling Green, KY.
In 1999, Charlie Grams and friends gained an interest for music and decided to start their own record label named Streetmade Entertainment. As an artist and co-ceo, the vision was to sign artists and make music reflecting the street surroundings they lived in, in the up south area. After signing a few artists, Streetmade Entertainment released their first album titled “Streetmade Vol 1”. The album was a local success, which encouraged them to release a second album titled “Block to Block Corner to Corner”. Before the release of that album, Charlie Grams was incarcerated and spent the next four years in a state penitentiary. While incarcerated, the label continued to push forward by releasing albums “The Re Up, All Hard no Shake” and “Men of Honor” containing tracks produced prior to incarceration and phone recorded lyrics of Charlie Grams. This kept the artist alive while imprisoned. In 2005, Charlie Grams was released with the goals of picking up musically where he left off. Immediately, Grams was in the studio recording a mix-tape with Nashville’s legendary DJ C-Wiz titled “Ball or Bail Out” and “Back with a Vengeance”, a debut album with artist and cellmate Mr. Innocent.
While doing different collaborations with a lot of local musicians, Charlie Grams decided to pursue his career as a solo artist. Currently, he is recording his most anticipated album as of yet titled “Money Motivated”. “Money Motivated” contains collaborations with known artists such as Yo Gotti, Juvenile, and Pleasure P. The album also contains production from some of the hottest from the up south area. This album will be the first mainstream project released by Steetmade Entertainment. The label previously survived by promoting independently, therefore this project should prove that Grams is solid.
As the self proclaimed “Bob Dylan of the Up South”, Charlie Grams seems to have what it takes to be a successful artist. People embrace when they can feel and relate to you, and many can relate to Grams. Don’t sleep on the country city slicker; he’s speaking for the streets. Charlie Grams quotes- “We make country cool, not monkey, we live in the streets, not just talk about them. It’s hard to shine where I’m from, but just hear me out”.