Charlie Rae is a British born Radio Presenter, Producer and DJ from the East Midlands whose love affair with funk and soul music first began from a young age. Growing up in a home where the likes of Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and Heatwave made regular appearances on her Mum's record player, it comes as no surprise that Charlie would later pursue a career in the creative industry.
"Music has always been an important part of my life." she says. "When disco and soul music wasn't being played in our house, we skated to it down at the local roller rink. That's how it was for us growing up in the 80s. Everyone just wanted to have lots of fun and show off their footwork skills."
But her musical influence and background doesn't stop there. Her aunt plays the trombone in a brass band, and her cousin is a dab hand on the bass guitar - an instrument which Charlie is very fond of.
Charlie's break in the broadcasting industry came in 2009. She began writing and producing feature material for radio, to eventually co-hosting the flagship programme, 'The Grooveline' alongside her friend, mentor and Nottingham's funk veteran, Master G on the local Urban Community Radio Station, 97.5 Kemet Fm.
Since her stint at 97.5 Kemet Fm, Charlie's professional career has gone from strength to strength. From a regular monthly Soul event at a small local establishment in Nottingham, to a year long stint on another internet based radio station, Charlie became affectionately refered to by others as 'Nottingham's first lady of funk and soul'.
In 2015, while studying for a Bachelors Degree in Media & Journalism, she also became the first permanent female radio presenter to host a weekly programme on the European funk and soul internet radio station, Dancegroove Radio.
"I have a huge passion for funk and soul, and love collecting music. But I often found that when I went to events or listened to it on radio, it was generally an industry and music genre dominated by men. I also remember somebody once telling me that it was because only men knew how to play the music! I want to break down those boundaries and perceptions surrounding the music and creative industries by representing for the women worldwide who love funk and soul music - and also inspire other females to become funk and soul dj's or presenters" she says.
Charlie is a member of the Grooveline Collective, and currently broadcasts live on 'The Grooveline' every Tuesday evening from 7pm - 9pm (GMT) on Dancegroove Radio.
To hear snippets of past and current Grooveline programmes: