Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has refined their unique sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk, r&b and soul infused with melodic pop influences. Though compared to an array of musicians (Prince, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, George Clinton, and James Brown), their music retains deep gospel influences and positive lyrical messages.
Charles Walker’s musical versatility is demonstrated through his strong, passionate vocals, monstrous saxophone leads and funky keyboard parts. Porsche Carmon shares the lead vocal role as well as performing on congas, which adds another dimension and excitement to the performance. (Nasty Nate P lays rhythms on guitar, The Sledgehammer backs the band on bass, while Josh Mchatten nails down drums.)
The group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, Aaron Neville, Robert Cray, BB King, Richard Marx, Eddie Shaw , Booker T, Cameo and Bernard Allison. The ensemble has been nominated four years in a row for best soul/r&b act in Wisconsin by WAMI, winning the award in 2013.