Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014!!!

I wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
May all your dreams come true!

Thank you so much for your continued support of my creative endeavors. There will be more exciting events and new music this year! I'll keep you posted.

Much love,
Benita Charles Music

Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!



Dear Lord, as I close the door on the old year, I ponder the things I've done... the things I've said and the joys I've had I wonder, have I lost or won?

I've thought of new friends I have made, and the old ones, staunch and true... the paths of the old year made easier, Lord, because I have walked them with You

I think of all the many times, when my burdens were so heavy to bear, and how my faith slipped away from me but somehow You were always there

Now, as I open the door to this New Year, and carefully peep inside, I wonder what it holds for me... but I'll throw the door open wide.

Whatever it brings to me and mine, I'll meet it with a heart so true... I know that, Lord, whatever it may be, You'll be there to carry me through!

--Merrei Thompson

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from Benita Charles Music

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Christmas time is a joyous time. It's my favorite time of the year! May you have a day filled with love, joy and happiness to last you throughout the year.

Today, many special children are enjoying their holiday thanks to our efforts through the Toys for Tots organization. Thank you so much to all who attended and donated toys to my fifth annual toy drive at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space on Friday, December 13th. The marines were present at the show and they picked up a large box from the show. It was a huge success thanks to you! It was well worth the effort knowing the children will enjoy the magic of Christmas today.

I am so grateful for your support of my musical endeavors through the years. I really appreciate your interests, words of encouragement, support (by purchasing my music and attending my shows) and your well wishes. To all my new friends who recently signed my mailing list, it was nice to meet you and I look forward to seeing you at my shows in the future.

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
-- Charles Dickens

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Special Thanks to All Who Attended the Holiday Show at Bar Thalia on Dec 13th

It was such an incredible event at the Benita Charles and Friends Holiday Show/Toy Drive 2013 at Bar Thalia on Friday, December 13th! Thanks to all who attended the show, donated and supported my toy drive!
It was great to see Mark Anthony, Lorrie Whitfield, Darren Wallace, Richard Ferber and new friends who saw my post on the NYC.gov website, Charles and Kim!

A special thanks to my lovely Aunt Sala and mother-in-law, Mrs. Holley and Danny & Ann Drucker of Collectors Toy Den (an online toy store) for their contributions to my toy drive. I really appreciate everyone's support.

A special thank you to the US Marines from Toys For Tots NYC for attending the show and picking up the toys! Gunnery Sergeant Delucia, Sergeant Gateman and Sergeant Rodriguez were in attendance. They were so great to work with and gracious. I'm so happy we had a huge box for them to pick up. Also, a special thank you to Toys For Tots NYC for presenting me with the Commander's Award for my concerts I've produced to benefit the Toys for Tots organization! I am so honored to have received it.

Thanks to Elisabeth and Aninga of Bar Thalia for their hospitality and accommadating our show at the space.

And, I'd like to especially thank the Benita Charles and Friends Band: Christi Gehrisch, Peter Archer and Eusebio Manuel Montanez. I appreciate your time, effort and talents you've given me this year. I'm looking forward to making more music together in 2014!

Happy Holidays to everyone!!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

For the children: Benita Charles & Friends Holiday Show/Toy Drive - 12/13/13!

On Friday, December 13, 2013, The Benita Charles & Friends Band performs holiday favorites, R&;B, jazz and original music to spread holiday cheer at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space on the upper west side of Manhattan! Showtime: 9:00 pm (no cover but unwrapped toy for a boy or girl requested).

**Please bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl to our 5th annual toy drive for the Toys For Tots program. A representative from the U.S. Marine Corps will be present to collect the toys. Let's make this the best toy drive ever!!!

The Toys for Tots program is dedicated to helping less fortunate children throughout the New York area experience the joy of the holiday season. Benita Charles & Friends are honored and proud to partner with the U.S. Marine Corps in this endeavor to serve and improve our local community. For more information, visit: http://brooklyn-ny.toysfortots.org/

"I'm so excited about this show!! This is my favorite show of the year because through our toy drive, we will make this a very special holiday for the children! Come to the show help us spread holiday cheer and make a difference. Let's make this the best toy drive ever!!! I look forward to seeing you at the show." -- Benita Charles

To RSVP for the Benita Charles & Friends Holiday Show, send email to starent99@hotmail.com or call (212) 802-9249. Artist website: http://benitacharles.com.

Event site: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8438240003

Bar Thalia at Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street) on Manhattan's upper west side. The closest subway station is the #1 and #2 trains at 96th Street. For more information about the venue, visit: http://barthalia.org/.