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Charley’s Story

Charley Young was born in San Diego, California, and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Charley was exposed to music from a young age via both her maternal grandfather, who she would often vocally accompany as he played guitar, and her mother, who possessed a vast cassette and CD collection. Charley grew up listening to Depeche Mode, INXS, The Pretenders, Madonna, and similar artists, all who have directly influenced Charley and her sound. Expanding upon these influences, Charley’s connection and deep reverence for nature often figure in her music, as is evident in the lyrics to songs such as “Fiery Storm” and “Summer is Mine” to name just a few examples.

In addition to music, Charley has always been involved in competitive sports. She participated in soccer and gymnastics before having to switch to swimming due to her life-threatening battle with anorexia nervosa. Charley is very open about her eating disorder journey brought on by the unexpected death of her maternal grandfather, who was a mentor and inspiration to Charley. Charley does her best to honor her family and often dedicates and schedules music and video releases to coincide with a loved one’s birthday or day of passing. For Charley, being authentic, genuine, and unadulterated in her emotions and everyday life is of the utmost importance. Having survived anorexia nervosa and depression and coping with anxiety, Charley aspires to connect with others suffering from similar trials through her music. Hearing how her songs and lyrics have helped or impacted a fan is what drives Charley to create. For her, her purpose in music is to be a lighthouse in the storm of life.


Depeche Mode. The Cure. Madonna. Kylie Minogue. Duran Duran. Tom Petty. I'm deeply influenced by these bands and artists of the '80s and '90s. Even though these artists differ from one another, each one has inspired me and has helped me develop my unique sound. I like to think that I create traditional pop/dance music with a touch of individuality.

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