INTRO - T. Charles. Produced by Michael Warren. Additional Vocals: L’oqenz & I James Jones.
SOUL RUN - T. Charles/R. Bolton. Produced by Matt “Emdee” Reid, 2nd Son & Slakah the Beatchild. Additional Vocals: Zaki Ibrahim. Recorded by Michael Warren.
TWO STEPS - T. Charles/D. Lee. Produced by Daniel Lee & Christopher Sandes. Keys: Christopher Sandes. Horn Arrangement: Jeremy Strachan. Sax: Jay Hay. Trumpet : Shaun Brodie. Percussion/Vibes: Jamie Drake. Recorded by Michael Warren, Daniel Lee & Christopher Sandes.
MORE THAN A MAN - T. Charles/B. Joseph. Produced by Slakah the Beatchild. Additional Vocals: Slakah the Beatchild. Horns: Marlon James & Octavio N. Santos. Recorded by Slakah the Beatchild.
MONEY - T. Charles/R. Bolton. Produced by Jesse Bear. Additional Vocals: Adam Risbridger & Jacob Hanania. Recorded by Michael Warren.
SWEET MEMORIES - T. Charles, Z. Ibrahim. Produced by Tanika Charles. Additional production: Christopher Sandes. Drums & Percussion: Kevin Howley. Guitar: Ben Foran. Bass: Alex St. Kitts. Sax: Jeremy Strachan & Jay Hay. Trumpet : Shaun Brodie. Recorded by Christopher Sandes at Palace Sound. Additional recording by Kevin Howley & Michael Warren.
LOVE FOOL - T. Charles/D. Brown/I. Jones. Produced by Slakah the Beatchild. Additional Vocals: Divine Brown & Slakah the Beatchild. Recorded by Slakah the Beatchild.
HEAVY - T. Charles/I. Jones. Produced by Anthony Corsi, Sean Nimmons, Simon Hamilton & Slakah the Beatchild. Additional Vocals: I James Jones & Slakah the Beatchild. Recorded by Slakah the Beatchild & Michael Warren.
ENDLESS CHAIN - T. Charles/I. Jones. Produced by Slakah the Beatchild. Horns: Octavio N. Santos. Additional Vocals: Slakah the Beatchild, I James Jones & Zaki Ibrahim. Recorded by Slakah the Beatchild.
WAITING - T. Charles/B. Joseph. Produced by Slakah the Beatchild. Horns: Octavio N. Santos. Recorded by Slakah the Beatchild.
DARKNESS AND THE DAWN - T. Charles. Produced by Slakah the Beatchild. Horns: Octavio N. Santos. Recorded by Michael Warren.
Mixed by Michael Warren, except "Love Fool" mixed by Slakah the Beatchild. Mastered by Bryan Lowe at João Carvalho Mastering, except “Sweet Memories” mastered by Gianluca Pighi at Pitgilus Studio. Photography & Design: Ryan Paterson. Layout: Fabio Conti. Makeup: Jennifer Balance. Management: Michael Warren & Jesse Ohtake. Released: April 7, 2017 © 2017 Record Kicks
“[T]he most buzzed-about soul singer in Toronto.” -CBC Music
In a few short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and band leader, a staple of the Canadian soul scene. Both on stage and off, Edmonton-raised Charles presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and honest in her vulnerabilities. Her art is inherently autobiographical. If Tanika’s singing it, she’s lived it.
On April 7th, 2017 Tanika released her debut full-length album Soul Run internationally through Italian funk/soul label Record Kicks. Already nominated for a Polaris Music Prize and 2017 Juno R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Soul Run’s first single and title track depicts a tale of withered romance and high octane escape. Production work on the album is handled by Slakah the Beatchild (Glenn Lewis, Melanie Durrant), Daniel Lee (Hooded Fang, Phedre), Emdee and 2nd Son (allie), Christopher Sandes (The Big Sound), and Big Tweeze (Theo 3, Adam Bomb). The overarching sound is classic soul and heavy drums, without the need for retro crutches. Soul Run received overwhelmingly positive reviews with Now Magazine giving it an NNNN rating, and Exclaim! declaring it an 8/10.
“One of the big hitters of 2017" - Craig Charles - BBC6 Music
Since 2010 Tanika has been lighting up stages near and far. Backed by her band The Wonderfuls, they have played festivals like NXNE, Pop Montreal, CBC Music Fest, TD Toronto Jazz Fest, TD Markham Jazz Fest, the AGO Massive Party, the Pan Am Games, and many more. Following the release of Soul Run, Tanika embarked on a successful 12 city Canadian tour from Montreal to Vancouver. On stage she has sang alongside the likes of Emmanuel Jal, Fred Penner, Donna Grantis, Johnny Reid, Bedouin Soundclash, and others.
Tanika has also appeared on television both as a reoccurring guest on CBC Kids, and as a lounge singer on Global TV’s Bomb Girls drama series. Her music has been featured on HBO’s Less Than Kind, ABC’s Rookie Blue, The CW’s Seed, and CTV’s Saving Hope. In 2017 she made her theatrical debut in the touring production Freedom Singer.
“You can’t keep the soul of Toronto down.” -Exclaim! Magazine
-NPR What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito
-Music Republic Magazine, 5/5
"Containing light and shade that offers a glimpse into what may yet be, it’s a suitably winning end to an album bursting with promise and relatable, down to earth lyrics of love, life and liberation."
-Now Magazine, NNNN
-Exclaim! Magazine, 8/10
–The National Post