Her name is Charity Lockhart and she has been entertaining audiences since she was six. As the daughter of a Pentecostal pastor and a music teacher mother, Charity grew up immersed in gospel music. As a young girl she studied violin, piano, classical and jazz vocals. At twelve, she was the lead singer in the teen band Revelation, who opened for popular gospel artists including Commissioned and the Mississippi Mass Choir.
Charity studied music performance and music therapy in college, while winning the title “Miss Wright State University” and first runner-up to “Miss Ohio.” After college she performed in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Back in the U.S. she landed the role of Young Melba Moore in the national touring company of “Still Standing,” a musical based on the life of the legendary R&B performer. “Working with Ms. Moore was an incredible honor and experience,” she says.
When life in Ohio became intolerable, she found comfort in the bible verse “God will supply all your needs…” (Philippians 4:19). Through faith, she and her two young children left Ohio with nothing but her instruments, $100 and trash bag filled with clothes. She drove to Phoenix, living in her car and singing in nightclubs until she made enough to rent an apartment. “It was a humbling experience, but I learned about the powers within me; dreaming, hoping, praying and expecting a good outcome every day.”
Charity wasn’t down for long, quickly rebuilding her career. Now she splits her time between Arizona and Japan, where she tours each summer. When not traveling, she enjoys teaching Glee Club at the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Through the ups and downs, music gave her strength.
“I believe in the power of music to heal and change lives. I’ve learned to live in love and enjoy every moment with gratitude,” she says.
Charity pulls from her varied experiences to create music that’s soothing to the mind, body and soul.
“When people come to see me perform, no doubt they’ll be entertained,” she laughs, “But they’ll also feel love, joy and peace. I always tell my audiences, expect to be transformed.”
In this spectacular homage to one of the greatest female vocalists of all time, Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s iconic career spanned six decades, inspiring and influencing generations of aspiring musicians and vocalists. In her life, she recorded countless classics, garnered 18 Grammy Awards, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the USA’s highest civilian honor), and earned the #1 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The Greatest Singers of All Time.
This stunning concert stars the immensely talented Charity Lockhart accompanied by spectacular vocalists and musicians as they celebrate the legendary life & music of ARETHA FRANKLIN!