Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day - February 29th!

Happy Leap Day - February 29th! I hope this extra day is very special for you!! 

Leap Year as described by Wikipedia:

February 29, also known as the leap day of the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are divisible by 4, such as 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, and 2024. Years that are divisible by 100, but not by 400, do not contain a leap day. Thus, 1700, 1800, and 1900 did not contain a leap day, 2100, 2200, and 2300 will not contain a leap day, while 1600 and 2000 did, and 2400 will. Years containing a leap day are called leap years. February 29 is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in such a year, with 306 days remaining until the end of the year. In the Chinese calendar, this day will only occur in years of the monkeydragon, and rat.

5 Fun facts about Leap Year you should know:
  •  Hail Caesar: Julius Caesar introduced the first leap year around 46 B.C., but his Julian calendar had only one rule: Any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year. That created too many leap years, but the math wasn't tweaked until Pope Gregory XIII introduced his Gregorian calendar more than 1,500 years later. There's a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. The year 2000 was a leap year, but the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. The added rule about centuries (versus just every four years) was an additional fix to make up for the fact that an extra day every four years is too much of a correction, according to ScienceWorld.
  •  Leap year babies: People born on leap day are often called "leaplings" or "leapers." Most of them celebrate their birthday on Feb. 28 or March 1 on non-leap years.
  • Leap year traditions: It's acceptable for a woman to propose to a man on Feb. 29. The custom has been attributed to St. Bridget, who is said to have complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for men to propose marriage. Patrick supposedly gave women one day to propose.
  •  Leap year capital: The twin cities of Anthony, Texas, and Anthony, New Mexico, are the self-proclaimed Leap Year Capital of the World. They hold a four-day leap year festival each leap year that includes a huge birthday party for all leap year babies.
  •  Leap years in history: During leap years, George Armstrong Custer fought the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876), the Titanic sank (1912), Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity (1752) and and gold was discovered in California (1848).

Monday, February 22, 2016

Ms. Virginia McLaurin, 106-yr-old, visits the White House for Black History Month!

Ms. Virginia McLaurin, 106-yr-old, visits the White House for Black History Month! Her reaction to meeting President Obama and First Lady Michelle is truly priceless!  She has so much energy!! We have to cherish our elders.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A special thanks to all who attended the Shrine show last night!

A special thanks to all who attended the Preachermann and The Revival Show at the Shrine in Harlem last night! The show was on fire!! The music, the audience and energy in the room was on another level last night! It was unbelievable!!

It was so wonderful to see Mrs. Holley, R-Tran from the Time Travel Mix Radio Show, new fans: Talina Jones, Brandi Williams, Yvonne, Charnae, Alethia, Robert and all the other new friends and fans we met last night! The people were totally blown away with our musicianship and energy we had on stage. It was such a great feeling we made so many people happy with our music. We did our job!

A very special thanks to Preachermann and The Revival Band (Ed "Preachermann" Holley, Paul Paldino, Nick Paldino, Joseph Paldino, Karl Watson, Tom Pope and Manny Montanez)! It's always so wonderful performing with such amazing musicians. I've grown so much as an artist and performer making music with you all. I always leave show the happier and more fulfilled than when I came to the show. That's the power of music!

Thanks to the Shrine for their hospitality! They always made us feel like royalty!! The Shrine is our home! A special thanks to sound man, Stefon making us sound so great!

Thanks to all our fans and the well wishers who sent your energy to us last night.  We appreciate all of you for your love and support.

That's the power of music.  It touches the soul.  It changes lives and makes the world a better place! I am so proud and honored to be a music maker.

Much Love to you all,

Benita Charles Music
"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

Friday, February 19, 2016

Rest in Peace: Denise "Vanity" Matthews

Rest in Peace: I am so sorry to hear of the recent passing of Denise "Vanity" Matthews. The beautiful singer was battling recent health problems and she's at peace now. She turned her life over to Christ several years ago. She went home on February 15, 2016. I send my love and prayers to her family, friends and all her fans who love her.

For more information:

Monday, February 15, 2016

Benita Charles Music #16 on Reverbnation R&B/Soul charts for New York

Keep rising to the top: NY-Vocalist, Benita Charles is number 16 on the ‪#‎ReverbNation‬ R&B/Soul charts for New York, NY! ‪#‎musicchart‬

A message from Benita Charles Music:

"A special thanks to all my fans for your love and support of my music through the years!!  I am so grateful that you love my music!  You're awesome!

I'm working on new music and I can't wait for you to hear it! 

Much love to you all!!"  -- Benita Charles

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

Happy President's Day!

Happy President's Day! I hope you have an enjoyable day!! Today, we honor our presidents!

Current President 2016: President Barack Obama.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! I wish you a special day of love, happiness, laughter and joy!! It's all about love today and every day!

A special thanks to all my fans for your love and support of my music! I love you so much!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Preachermann & The Revival return to The Shrine - Feb 20th!

He's baaak! On Saturday, February 20th, Preachermann returns to the legendary Shrine in Harlem with his band, The Revival for a soulful set of atomic soul. Come to the show and leave your burdens at the door! Let the music set you free. You have to see it to believe it! Showtime is 10:00 pm (no cover). Shalimar!! #staycrunchy

For more information visit:

 The Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (at 134th Street) in Harlem, New York City.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Rest in Peace: Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire


Rest in Peace: I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Maurice White, founder and leader of Earth, Wind and Fire (one of my all time favorite bands) on February 3, 2016. His music will continue to inspire generations to come. USA Today has a nice video tribute of his life. Sending my prayers to his family, friends and his fans.

Thanks for attending the Desmond's Tavern show last night!

A special thanks to all those who came out and support the Colibri Band last night at Desmond's Tavern in NYC. The audience was very lively and they had a great time! It was great to see all the smiling faces! We did our jobs and then some last night!!

Thanks to the Colibri Band for the beautiful music!  It was so much for rocking with all the professional and musicians. A special thanks to the lovely vocalist, Lolita Jackson for bringing the house down.  It's such a pleasure to work with such professional and accomplished vocalist. I had a wonderful time last night.  Thanks so much for the opportunity!

The power of much is such that if you're feeling blue or as in my case, I was ill last night but when I hit that stage all my troubles melted away! Music is just that powerful!! I am so honored to be a music maker/singer/performer. I don't take it for granted.  As long as God gives me breath, I will sing!

A special thanks to all my fans and well wishers for your continued support of my musical endeavors!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

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


Lolita Jackson - Lead Vocals
Benita Charles - Vocals
Peter Archer - Bass
Marie Panella - Guitar
Dave Dawson - Drums, Vocals
Cheo Rodriguez - Percussion
Flores Boere - Keyboard
Andy Warren - Sax
Michael Johnson - Trumpet