The son of a Canadian mother and a father of Trinidadian descent, Gregory Charles is a highly talented and versatile performer. A classical pianist from the age of seven and throughout his teenage years, he won many national competitions as well as several on the international scene. He has played with a number of symphony orchestras in Canada and performed in Paris, London and Latin America, as well as representing Canada in a young artists recital at New Yorks Carnegie Hall. Charles is passionate about music and dance. He has studied violin, clarinet, ballet and tap, and was a student at the school of the Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal.
While completing a law degree, Charles first came to the attention of audiences in Quebec and then in France, the United States and Asia. He is both an actor and a musician, and has hosted numerous variety shows and television and radio programs.
In December 2002, after spending a season as a singer and instrumentalist for Celine Dions Lets Talk about Love tour and another season in Paris hosting a popular variety show on TF1 (Le Multi Show), Charles took a new direction with his first one-man show: Black and White (Noir et Blanc). The second half of this autobiographical cabaret was an incredible showcase of Charles performing audience requests. Noir et Blanc was seen by more than 750,000 spectators and enjoyed a record 43-show run at the Bell Centre. Charles also presented the show at the Winter Garden in Toronto, and the Beacon Theater in New York. He was honored with Canadian awards for Show of the Year in 2003 and Personality of the Year on several occasions between 2003 and 2007.
Following this success and inspired by Noir et Blanc, Charles released his first CD in 2004, Gospel Live en Noir et Blanc, which sold 100,000 copies. In December 2005, he suffered a bad fall from the stage at the Bell Centre and fractured his elbow, which threatened to compromise his career. He made the best of his convalescence and wrote a new, more personal and intimate album, I Think of You, which was released in October 2006. It sold 100,000 copies in its first week and went on to sell close to 400,000 copies. The title song, I Think of You, topped the charts for 12 consecutive weeks.
In 2007, Charles launched his first album in French, Loin de la lumière, one of the best-selling recordings in Quebec that year. In November 2007, he returned to Paris to perform at the legendary Bobino Theatre. Charles ended this prolific year with some 30 sold-out shows at the Capitole in Quebec City.
Alongside his career as a singer, Charles has been active in many other areas. He has hosted Radio-Canadas popular show Des airs de toi since 2001 as well as In the Key of Charles on CBC Radio, and has hosted many televised galas. In 2007, he released Les Anges, an album featuring six talented young singers he recruited in Quebec.
Gregory Charles is also a teacher. He works with dropouts, gives lectures and, for more than 20 years, has conducted youth choirs, including Collège Vocal de Laval, an award-winning ensemble that won the World Choir Games in 2006 and many other prestigious international awards.
In addition, he is the mastermind behind the Mondial Choral Loto-Québec, a choral music festival launched in 2005 that has welcomed more than 30,000 choristers and more than 1.5 million spectators. He also heads the Gregory Foundation, a charitable organization that supports involvement and excellence among young Quebeckers.
Gregory Charles returned to Paris in 2009 as well as another one-man show for Canadian audience.