Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Very Special Thank You! / Upcoming Projects

Dear Friends:

I hope all is well and you're enjoying this spring-like weather. It's a teaser of things to come. I'm looking forward to spring.

Thanks so much to all who attended my "Moments In Love" show. It was a beautiful night of love & music. I'm in rehearsals for my next show and will let you know when the details are finalized.

In the meantime, I'd like to share with you a few other musical projects I'm involved in.

A special performance with John Virag

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, I have a special performance tonight with Pop/Rock artist, John Virag at his show this Saturday (February 25th) at 5 pm at the Rockwood Music Hall in the east village. He has graciously asked me to perform a song, "Princess of China" with him at his show. I'm really excited about our performance together. If you're in the east village tonight, I hope you can stop by!! For more information, visit

The Return of Preachermann & The Revival

He's back! Preachermann returns to the stage after a two years of recovering from a serious injury. He has fully recovered and is ready to rule the world. Preachermann is a dynamic and soulful artist whose poetic lyrics and intricrate melodies, breathes life into today's music. This is not a gospel show but his music will nourish your soul nonetheless. Come witness the rebirth of Preachermann at the Williamsburg Music Center on Saturday, March 24th in Brooklyn, NY. You won't want to miss the hottest show in NY. Tickets $10 in advance/$15 @ the door. For more information, visit

Pocket Change event band

If you're looking for a band for your special ocassions (parties - big & small, weddings, corporate events), look no further than the Pocket Change band. The Pocket Change band performs R&B, Motown, Soul, Dance, Rock and Today's Music. Featured vocalists include Benita Charles, Ed Holley, Christi Gehrisch and Harris Punyon.
For more information, visit

Thanks so much for your support of my creative endeavors. It means so much!

I hope all is well with you. Drop me a line when you have a moment. I'd love to know how you're doing.


Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

Performance Details:

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

John Virag live at Rockwood Music Hall

196 Allen St (Cross Streets bet. Houston & Stanton)

New York, NY 10002

(212) 477-4155

John Virag plays an acoustic set at one of New York City's top music clubs. Special guest Benita Charles joins him. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 10:00 pm

Preachermann & The Revival
Williamsburg Music Center
367 Bedford Ave (at South 5th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-1654
Doors open @ 9 pm / Showtime: 10:00 pm
tickets $10 in advance / $15 at the door
To purchase tickets, visit:

Preachermann returns to the stage with his first concert in 2 years. His band, The Revival, accompanies him in a soulful set. This is not a gospel show but his music will nourish your soul nonetheless. Come witness the rebirth of Preachermann at the Williamsburg Music Center on Saturday, March 24th in Brooklyn, NY. You won't want to miss the hottest show in NY. For more information about Preachermann, visit:

Friday, April 27, 2012, 9:00 pm
Preachermann & The Revival
Shrine Bar & Restaurant
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
New York, NY 10030
212) 690-7807

Preachermann & The Revival perform a soulful set at this Harlem hot spot!

The Preachermann & The Revival Band:

Ed ("Preachermann") Holley, lead vocals
Benita Charles ("Motown Mama"), background vocals
Christi Gehrisch ("Buckeyed Beauty"), background vocals
Harris Punyon ("Velvet Technician/Agent Charlie Chocolate), background vocals, piano
Kendall Buchanan ("Minister of Defense/Grand Funk Station"), bass
Joe Paldino ("Clean Papa Joe"), guitar
Karl Watson ("The Rock"), saxophone, violin
Tom Pope ("The Pope of Brooklyn"), drums

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Benita's Lesson of the Day:

Lessons of Love on Valentine’s Day. At my "Moments In Love" show, I asked long-term couples to give us their advice on longevity. Here's their answers that I thought we could all learn from: trust, forgiveness, sense of humor, gratitude, you and me against the world mentality, and music (a favorite song you share together).

I wish you & yours a very Happy Valentine’s Day and much love!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Remembering Whitney Houston

I am so shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Whitney Houston. She is definitely one of my all time favorite singers and had one of the greatest voices of all time. She inspired me to be a singer. Her voice will go down in history as one of the greatest.

I send my heartfelt prayers to her family.

It's such a tragic loss that words can't express how I feel. I really thought she would pull through. I really didn't think her life would end this way.

We have so many beautiful memories to remember her by. I will focus on those memories and recordings of her gift.

No more suffering, Whitney. You can rest in peace now.

Breaking News - 2/11/12:
Singing superstar Whitney Houston dies at 48:

A Very Special Thank You: Moments In Love 2/11/12

A very special thank you to all who attended "Moments In Love" on Saturday, February 11th at Bar Thalia - Symphony Space. It was a beautiful night of love & music!!

It was also bittersweet in learning of the death of Whitney Houston before the show. I dedicated "The Greatest Love of All" in her honor. I really felt her spirit in the room. I'm still in shock that she's no longer with us. She has been such an inspiration to me and so many other singers in the world. I'm very sad right now. I send my heartfelt prayers to her family. I will always love you, Whitney. You can now rest in peace.