Originally from Atlanta, GA, Charles Shearer began his young career playing keyboards with Percy Sledge. He performed with artists who visited his performances, such as Joe South. Charles started Bullet Head, a popular Atlanta band. His career led him to concerts with many artists including Rick Derringer, Johnny Paycheck, Asleep at the Wheel, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and more.
In the '90s, Charles started a band called Rats in the Attic with Rory Knapton, Jimbo Thornton, Jon Bonnette, and Fred Westberry. His band toured Europe several times and often performed at the Beatles hallmark venue, The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The group was held over on many occasions. Rats in the Attic recorded a live double CD on the Club’s label, The Cavern Club Records. This live and timeless rocking collection is available globally on CDBaby, ITunes, Amazon, and others.
Rats in the Attic played in Nice, France at the historic The Thor Pub. They were held over for a week. When The Thor Pub was full, people waiting to enter formed a line outside. The crowd was one and half city blocks long and five lines wide!
Charles Shearer's career heated up when he won the songwriting contest sponsored by Ryan Seacrest and American Idol. The response was international, with thousands of entries and millions of votes. Charles won the contest with the song, "Runaway," available on Golden Isles Records. Charles was told that many votes came from Europe especially Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. He won a large cash prize and recording studio time.
His career continued with Rory Knapton and they formed a duo called Twice. Twice composed the song “I Won't Cry.” Recently the duo recorded with the members of the Flood, a well-known Georgia band. “I Won’t Cry,” is available along with Rats in the Attic, "Live at the Cavern Club" through Golden Isles Records, Itunes, and Amazon.
"Runaway" - Original Cover Art by Linda Carr