With a timeless code of her ever-growing musical design, Tanika Charles creates music that gets inside you and stays there, stirring a response that just feels good. There lies the haunting, authentic music that many of us have been yearning for.
One part jazz, two parts soul, equal part control with a hint of blues, her sound compliments her character and feels like food for the masses. In the person you find charisma, humour, easy laughter and a continuous flow of creativity; in the artist, you find old school cool and her own unique blend of innovative compositions. Tanika Charles has the sought after ability to paint canvases in which her audience connects and is moved, wrapped in an evolution of layered vocal tones, powerful range and affecting intensity.
She has been singing and writing since childhood. It isn’t until 2007, however, when she comes back to her city of birth, that this soulful songstress finally takes to the stage and quickly wins the heart of many in the process.
Mz Chawls started getting noticed as a back up singer to South African/Canadian recording artist Zaki Ibrahim. She would later go on to tour with Miss Ibrahim and Bedouin Soundclash. Back to Toronto, soon enough Mz. Chawls would be asked to open for international acts such as: Estelle, Nneka, Mayer Hawthorne, Macy Gray and Kate-Miller Heidke.
In the midst of these remarkable openers, Mz. Chawls effectively established her incontestable status as a powerful solo artist and continued to do what she loves: perform shows of her own, cultivating and connecting with a growing fan base while receiving radiant recognition.