Super Short Bio
Charley has a talent for turning any room of people into a connected family. As a young man he took a huge leap of faith from his budding architecture career into the touring life of a full time spiritual troubadour and speaker. Since 1981 Charley has inspired tens of thousands of people in 15 countries on 6 continents with his talks, concerts and workshops. He has also been the musical opener for such luminaries as Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Tony Robbins and Louise Hay. Charley has 18 life-changing music albums and has appeared on national television and radio.
Charley Thweatt brings his gifts of warmth, humor, presence and ease to any gathering. He has been a favorite with Unity groups since the early '80s, when he took a leap of faith from his budding architecture career into touring full time with his spiritual concerts and workshops. Charley has a talent for turning a room full of strangers into a connected family, by sharing his original music, his angelic voice and his insightful workshops. He has been a presenter for spiritual organizations and metaphysical conferences since 1981, in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Mexico, Peru, Fiji, Japan and 6 countries in Europe.
The biggest influences on Charley's spiritual path have been Unity, A Course In Miracles, and seven years of touring with Alan Cohen's workshops and retreats. Charley has also been the musical opener for such other luminaries as Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass and Louise Hay. He has appeared on national television and radio with his original songs, including such titles as You're an Angel, Take Your Power Back and Dancers in the Light. You'll find his many CDs and more about his transformative work at his website: musicangel.com.
Charley tells his story…
I grew up in a wonderful family living in the Houston suburbs in the '50s and ‘60s. The road from there has been a venture in faith, with fantastic heart openings all along the way. After graduating college with a five year professional degree in architecture and working three years in architects' offices, my heart really wasn't in it. A search for "something more" launched me into a spiritual journey of many deep awakenings. My songwriting reflected this shift, and friends urged me to perform for various gatherings where my music was appreciated. The fear was huge, but I knew I had to sing. And I did.
Music has always been in my blood. In the third grade I discovered with my mom’s instruction what a joy it was to sing and play ukulele. Over the next four years I learned to play several more instruments, including piano, string bass, electric bass, and acoustic guitar. My love of music, and its magic, also led me to believe that my 13 year old buddies and I could be just like the Beatles. So, of course, we formed a garage band, which was loads of fun and went absolutely nowhere. Throughout high school and college, I continued to play guitar and sing for fun, joining another garage band for a while in high school, as well as actively playing music in my church youth group. Looking back, I think the biggest benefit of my freshman year in college was learning a lot from a very musically talented college buddy in my dorm. We jammed together a lot on our acoustic guitars whenever we could find some free time. It never occurred to me that all of this informal training would lead to my livelihood someday.
Following two false starts into music, I finally and truly vaulted into my musical career. Now almost 4 decades later, I can honestly say…that I must have been absolutely crazy to make that leap. Well, I know it looked crazy to my family and friends. Yet I persisted. It felt like I was asking God to help me "walk on water." There was no visible means of support, yet somehow I didn't drown. Thank you, God!
My career has taken me all around the U.S., as well as performing in 15 other countries on 6 continents. I've recorded 20 albums, 18 of which are currently available. I’ve performed hundreds of spiritually healing concerts, and co-presented workshops with many well known teachers in the Human Potential movement (see below). I have an ongoing sense of adventure and stretching myself into uncharted territory.
Italy Tours: My latest stretch has been leading small group spiritual Italy tours once or twice a year for several years now. I bring along my guitar, and we have wonderful meditations along the way. But it’s mostly about just enjoying the beauty of Italy together.
My wife, Heidi, and I make our home in Connecticut. We have known each other since the late ‘80s, dated in the mid '90s and reconnected in 2015 after a long time apart. She is my heart’s treasure, and I am so happy we are together.
My son, Jeremy, who was born in 1988, is a gem of a young man. He still occasionally travels with me far and wide. So far, we've had the pleasure of visiting 10 foreign countries together. Plus he's gone to six more without me. Makes me proud, that he kept going and creating his own adventures. I guess you could say the rolling stone doesn't fall very far from the tree.
I spent seven years touring intensely with my good friend, author Alan Cohen (The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore; Joy Is My Compass; Handle With Prayer). I am a regular performer and workshop leader at the very moving EpiEnergetics Gate weekends with Donny Epstein, which are held all around the country and in Italy. I've also had the honor of sharing the stage and/or co-leading events with many notable leaders in our field, including Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Jerry Jampolsky, Hugh Prather, Ram Dass, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Swami Beyondanada, Terry Cole-Whitaker, Jean Houston, Patricia Sun, Bernie Siegel, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Mary Morrissey, Barbara King, Michael Beckwith, Leo Booth, Terry McBride and Shakti Gawain.