Living his music dream

2019-01-29 06:00
Branton Charles.

Branton Charles.

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Growing up in Mitchell’s Plain, Branton Charles had no idea that one day he would be celebrated worldwide.

The father of one, who will be leaving his job as a diesel fitter by the end of this month, has just released his debut single “Closest to Heaven”. The single is being played all over the world in countries like the Netherlands, France and Germany.

After working in Spain for six years, Charles says he decided to return home to concentrate more on his own musical work. “When I was working overseas I enjoyed it, and the contract I got just set my music career on a whole new level. When I was in Spain I did a tribute show for Michael Jackson and also trained other up-and-coming musicians,” he says.

Charles knew from the young age of six that he could sing.

“There was an activation at Shoprite next to our house. My brother was making a bit and I started singing. My mother heard the commotion and she came out. People were cheering while I sang and they started throwing money at my feet. When my mother saw what the commotion was all about, she began to cry because she knew I could sing. All the money my brother and I made we gave to my mom to buy more food for the house,” he says.

Now he is back to grow his music in South Africa. Born and bred in Mitchell’s Plain but now a Wynberg resident, Charles says despite the challenges he faced growing up, this never stopped him from dreaming. “I’m the second eldest out of six kids. My mother had to work hard to get us where we are today. You know life was so difficult that if you had a pair of shoes for the year you’re lucky. If we had something to eat at night that was a blessing. Peanut butter was even a luxury, that is how difficult life was for us,” he says.

Charles adds that with his mother being in an abusive relationship, life was hard.

“We stayed with the neighbours most of the time because my mother was in hospital because of the abuse she got from my father,” he says.

Despite a difficult childhood he says he never stopped dreaming.

“I just new things will be better. I never lost hope. I was raised by a single parent and I always had a dream and hope that one day my music would play on radio.I’m living this dream now and looking forward to growing my music here.”

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