Born in Aylmer, Quebec, Charlie worked the Ottawa coffee houses and club circuits for several years before coming to local prominence as the 1987 winner of the CKBY Country Talent Contest. He recorded his first single, "Back in ‘73" on Snocan Records and was subsequently signed to BMG Canada where he released several albums and scored over twenty major hits. Moving on to independent record labels, his recording success led to three Juno Awards as Country Male Vocalist, five Canadian Country Music Association awards, a double platinum album, a platinum album, a gold album and a raft of hit singles, ten of which went to number one on the charts.
Charlie, who is also widely recognized for his song writing, has received honours from SOCAN and BMI and has had his compositions recorded by Ricky Van Shelton, Matt Minglewood and Patricia Conroy. Charlie writes what he knows about and, as Larry Delaney, Canada’s leading authority on country music and the publisher of Country Music News said, "he is a master at making you believe". Charlie’s music is described as tough, direct, straight to the heart, real, and as honest as a farmer’s handshake. For a time, Charlie took a break from recording and personal appearances to relax and refresh after living in Nashville and doing 135 gigs a year, but he never stopped writing, and his latest release, "Inside Out", on the Stony Plain Record label is a collection of new tunes, all with strong autobiographical elements. He’s also back to performing and says he’s experiencing "the excitement, the adrenalin and the connection you make with your audience".
Charlie now lives in Ottawa and enjoys the company of his three sons.