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About Charlie

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: 


Latest Events

A Nite to Remember!

26th June, 2017

Looking for a place to go at the weekend?  Then look no further than The Saltbox Bar in Nottingham!

Let The Music Play Promotions presents A Nite To Remember. With local DJ's playing the very best in Motown, Northern Soul and classic Funk n Soul from the 70s and 80s. 

For more information, call: 0115 7841700.

Salsoul legend, Jocelyn Brown Announces Extra Tour Date!!

18th May, 2017

Great news for Jocelyn Brown fans! If you missed out on getting a ticket for her live show at Londons famous Jazz Cafe tomorrow, then you'll be pleased to hear that Joeclyn has just announced an extra date for her tour. She will be performing some of her greatest hits - and more at East Londons venue, XOYO on Saturday 20th May, 2017.  For more info, click here.

Hold on! the Funky Divas are back!

9th May, 2017

So we all remember En Vogue bursting onto the music scene back in the early 90s with their debut album 'Born To Sing'. Over a decade, the funky divas made themselves a household name by releasing a series of chart topping hits - from 'My Lovin', 'Hold On' and 'Don't Let Go (Love)' to 'Whatta Man' - a 1994 collaboration with all-girl R&B act, Salt N Peppa.

After a long hiatus, En Vogue fans, you will be pleased to know, they are BACK with the brand new single 'I'm Good' for 2017.. with a new album to be released early Autumn. 

Gladys Knight - A Licence To Thrill!

23rd April, 2017

Following on from Gladys Knight's sell out tour last year - the 'Empress of Soul' has announced more dates for the UK this year.

The 7 times Grammy Award winner will be playing 5 venues throughout June/ July, 2017.

Performing some of her best known hits, 'Midnight Train To Georgia', 'License To Kill', and 'Neither One Of Us', Gladys will also be treating us some new tracks from her latest album, 'Where My Heart Belongs'. To find tickets and a venue near you, visit Ticketmaster.co.uk here.

Billy Ocean - set to 'Tear Down The Walls' for 2017!

13th April, 2017

With the release of his latest album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number 4, Billy celebrated his highest charting album since 1989.

The ‘Caribbean Queen’ star is Britain’s biggest selling black artist of all time, with a string of multiplatinum hits. Announcing a huge run of UK headline dates for 2017, Billy Ocean will be performing all of his greatest hits from the new album and his favourite tracks to boot. Supporting Billy on this tour is UK Saxophonist, Yolanda Brown!

To find a venue near you, visit Ticketmaster.co.uk here.

Craig David to tour the UK from Spring, 2017.

15th March, 2017

Since featuring on the hit single 'Re-Rewind' by Artful Dodger back in 1999, Craig David's career has gone from strength to strength. His debut album, 'Born To Do It' hit the #1 chart position in 2000, and he's released a further 4 albums and 17 chart topping hits which has earned him 12 BRIT Award nominations.

Craig David is back again with the brand new album 'Following My Intituition', and to mark the occassion, he is embarking on a UK tour throughout the spring and summer of 2017. To see if he's at a venue near you soon, check out the ticketmaster website: here

Bruno brings the '24K Magic' to the UK!

28th February, 2017

GREAT NEWS Bruno Mars fans! The 24K Magic World Tour has been announced, and Bruno is set to arrive in the UK from April 12th - May 6th 2017. To find out if he's at a venue near you, or to book tickets:  visit the Ticketmaster website here.

Nottingham - Top Talent Competition 2017 Seeks Creative Individuals!

16th February, 2017

Do you have a creative flair for photography, singing, acting, dancing, painting, writing, telling jokes or performing magic tricks? Do you think you have what it takes to become the next big thing? Fancy winning yourself £2,500 as a cash prize with opportunities of various work contracts?

If the answer is YES to all 3 questions, then Grosvenor Casino's and Nottingham Evening Post want to hear from YOU! Nottingham's Top Talent Competition for 2017 is open to both amateurs and professionals, and for anyone over the age of 18. To find out more about this exciting event, click here 

'Ain't Nobody' - does it quite like Chaka Khan!

9th February, 2017

Known for her popular hits 'Sweet Thing', 'Ain't Nobody', and 'I'm Every Woman' with the 70s band Rufus, 10 times Grammy Award artist, Chaka Khan will be arriving in the UK on 6th July, 2017 @ the Indigo2 Arena in London. Tickets to go on sale from 10am, Friday 10th February. Bag yours before they go like hot cakes!!
For prices and more info, just visit the Indigo2 website here.

The Nottingham Light Night - 2017

7th February, 2017

Robin Hood Energy Light Night is back in the heart of Nottingham City and is celebrating its 10th year running. From art exhibitions to UV sports, music, meditation, dancing, poetry and Star Wars themed light projections, Nottingham is set to come alive!  Food and refreshments are also available on the night so pop down and see what the fuss is all about!
For updates and more information on this event, go to facebook or click here 


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