The BET Music Matters crooner sets out on a genre-saving mission with his new material.
It’s not unusual to come across a new artist who tries to preserve their star by not taking on too many tasks prior to their musical debut, but apparently sultry singer Charles Perry missed that memo. Between packing out venues for BET Music Matters showcases, recording his debut album and shooting his silver screen debut in Something Whispered opposite Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., wearing himself thin creatively is the last thing on the 26-year-old’s mind.
Instead, the Brooklyn-bred crooner is more focused on fusing and restoring rock and R&B back to their respective former states of glory.
"I feel today’s R&B is nowhere near where it used to be. I don’t even listen to it anymore like I use to because it’s lost something. There’s a disconnect somewhere," Perry explains. "Have you ever had a cord with a short in it, and you’re trying to position the cord to get the electricity flowing? Well that’s what has happened."
Taking to the first order of business, the Brooklyn native dropped by 106 & Park to premiere the video for his new single, "I Could Be the Best Time of Your Life." With A-list cameos from veteran actor Jeff Goldblum and Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui, Perry promises that the pop/rock inspired tune is just a teaser of the musical madness on his album that’s soon to come.
"It’s a body of pure, naked, raw, unconstrained rock madness. I would say the album reflects the world and the shades of life," Perry boasts. "We’re about 43-songs in, it’s basically done, I’m going to be signing my deal within the next week or two."
While fans may have to wait just a little bit longer for the soulful crooner’s untitled debut, Perry says that pushing the envelope and transcending boundaries is a task he was ordained to do and promises that everything will be well worth the wait.
"We’re at such a tedious place in history I just think it was time for a rebirthing of rock 'n' roll," says Perry.
If you want to witness that revival, Perry will be performing his latest EP, All My Struggles II, live at the Apollo theatre in January.
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