From: DC, United States

Hip Hop/Rap, R&B, Go-Go Funk

R&B, Hip-Hop and Go-Go artist Charles “Shorty Corleone” Garris is widely recognized for his distinctive singing voice, flair for creative production, and wide range of explosive performances and recordings. For over 10 years he has served as the lead vocalist of Washington, D.C.’s number one Go-Go band, Rare Essence, engaging audiences with his unique sound and captivating style. Garris is credited with formulating many hit songs for the group including “Body Snatchers” which hit # 50 on Billboard Magazine's Top 100 Chart. He has also solidified his presence in the “Legends of Go-Go” entourage.

Garris currently sits on the Bowie State University Board of Advisors to the College of Arts & Sciences where he actively assists the Dean of the College and the faculty in shaping the various academic programs to keep the school competitive with current trends in academia and the industry. As a board member, he has the distinct role and responsibility of finding opportunities for students in order for them to gain practical experience within the music industry in addition to assisting with job placement.

Influenced by a religious upbringing incorporating gospel sounds, mixed with the soulfulness of Motown, and the unparalleled creativity of Go-Go music, Garris often draws comparisons to his influences, Maurice White, Charlie Wilson, Teddy Pendergrass, Wilson Pickett, Gerald Levert, and another D.C. native, Johnny Gill.

At the age of 16, Garris began training his voice with the legendary vocal coach, William Beale. His classroom peers included Brenda Starr, Marcus Johnson, Tonya Blount, Stacy Lattisaw, and Johnny Gill, with whom he collaborated with on a regular basis. This intensive training lead to his first record contract with Warner Brothers and afforded him the opportunity to record with the great Verdine White of Earth Wind and Fire. His first #1 hit came early in his career on the Caribbean charts with a song entitled “Out of Nowhere”. Garris has since written and co-written more than 400 songs.

Innovative Recordings, a record label established by Garris early in his career, released his debut single; “Somebody's Been Sleepin' with You” along with his solo album, Heat, which included a hot rendition of Frankie Beverly's "While I'm Alone". Several other projects were released over the years.

In December 2008, Charles Garris presented It’s Christmas, which cleverly blends Hip-Hop and Go-Go in a soulful holiday tribute honoring the classics. The first single, “Frosty the Snowman”, which depicts Frosty as a cool dude, is layered over the music of a classic Delfonics track. The socially conscious James Brown tribute, “Santa Clause Goes Straight to the Ghetto,” is filled with horn riffs that are guaranteed to get the Christmas party started!

2009 brought Garris another #1 hit. Blazing the trails on, the video for the hit single entitled “Ain’t No Way” topped the charts for 4 months while simultaneously topping the All Access Charts as the #1 R&B single.

Besides being the consummate triple threat with singing, production and recording to his credit, Garris is also involved in many other projects as well. As a well known radio personality, he is a regular on World Space Satellite Radio and can be heard in voice overs and commercials in addition to serving as an intricate part of the programming and editing of the show. The Innovative School of Performing Arts, another venture near and dear to Garris' heart, is soaring with great promise while allowing him to give back to the community. Currently, Garris co-owns and manages TOPGAR Studios, a state of the art recording facility in the Washington Metropolitan DC area.

Garris performs nightly to sell out crowds in the city's hottest nightclubs and is one of the most sought after entertainers in the Washington Metropolitan area. With his undeniable style and charisma Charles Garris is a shining example of star power.