As an anointed music teacher, director, leader and singer, Charles Butler has a passion for the perfecting of musical renderings to God and His people. With a powerful four octave vocal range, this native of the DMV area has accompanied some of gospel music’s most celebrated artists such as, Coko (of SWV), Vashawn Mitchell, Beverly Crawford, Earnest Pugh, Tyrone Tribbett, Lucinda Moore, Byron Cage, Brent Jones, Youthful Praise, and a host of other well-established gospel acts. Aside from music, media is an added outlet that Charles has ventured into. He has appeared on BET, The Word Network, and TBN in addition to his 2006 experience as an On Air Gospel Entertainment News Reporter for Baltimore’s 88.9 FM station, and a fill-in for 104.1 FM’s Afternoon Drive show host Cheryl Jackson in August of 2011.
Who or what made you decide to have a career in Gospel Music?
Gospel music is my passion, and I decided to focus on what I love doing the most. I heard someone say to follow after what you go to sleep thinking about and wake up thinking about. Choosing a career in Gospel Music full-time is definitely a faith walk, and God has proven himself to be more than enough.
Your song “You Can Live” is featured on the Jawn Murray Presents: Untapped compilation CD. How does it feel to have your group’s (Charles Butler & Trinity) song on a national project?
I was ecstatic when I received the email from EMI Records congratulating us [Charles Butler & Trinity] on being on the project. I would say I jumped for joy, but we know that would be a lie [laughs]. I knew that EMI would be a great platform to expose my ministry on a major level. It was really a good feeling singing in Nashville, TN, during the Stellar Award weekend and people knowing the lyrics and singing along to our song, “You Can Live.” I’ve received emails and tweets from people all over the world telling me how blessed they are from the song. I want to thank James “Jimmy” Johnson and Chris Forbes for doing such a fantastic job with writing and producing the song. When I received a tweet from Mary Mary saying how much they liked the song, I honestly couldn’t believe it.
Have you had additional doors opened because of the Untapped project?
I’ve had tons of doors opened and opportunities because of Untapped. I had the honor of filling in for Cheryl Jackson on Praise 104.1 FM. Praise had national recording artists on air all week filling in for Cheryl, and they asked me to come in on that Friday to close the week out. Trinity was also chosen to sing on Radio One’s Spirit of Praise concert with Donald Lawrence, Le’Andria, Marvin Sapp, and other national artists. Untapped was the vehicle to take my ministry to the next level. “You Can Live” is also the #1 most downloaded song on the project. I’m truly grateful for Ken Pennell (President of EMI), Jawn Murray, Karen Jackson, and the entire EMI staff.
Many people may not know this, but your group is not signed to a record label yet; however, you guys are well-recognized and respected in the gospel music industry. How did that happen?
I wanted to raise the bar for “community choirs.” Community choirs are often looked down upon because they have a reputation of being late to engagements, reckless on social networks, will not support other artists on stage, and the list goes on and on. So, I wanted to set my group apart from other ministries. I encourage my singers to remain humble and to support other artists. I look at every ministry opportunity as an assignment, no matter how large or small. Trinity has gained a lot of exposure from doing background for some of today’s leading gospel artists. When we work with artists, they know that they’re going to get an anointed and professional group of singers that will know the music.
If you weren’t in the music industry, what career would you be in right now?
I’ve always wanted to do Radio. I love entertaining people, as you may know from my tweets and Facebook statuses. My goal is to have my own Radio show or to co-host with someone.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that I have the weirdest appetite. I will eat things like beets and cottage cheese as a meal. I know it sounds a little strange, but I mix the strangest things together. Pray for me, hear [laughs]?
What is the biggest misconception people have about you?
For some reason, I think people are under the impression that I am mean. People will see me in public, not speak, and send me a tweet or Facebook message saying they saw me out somewhere. If you see me out, it’s okay to come over to speak. I’m big but I don’t bite [laughs]. I really am an easy going guy.
What do you want to be remembered for?
This is a good question! After Whitney Houston passed, I asked myself this question. I want to be remembered for being a great dad. My son is turning 14 this March, and I’m glad that we have a great relationship. We can talk about anything. Also, I want to be remembered simply as a servant. I love serving God and his people. I believe that great leaders should die empty, pouring all the knowledge and wisdom they have to the people they lead. I try to pour all that I have into my singers; I really want the best for them.
What’s next for you and your group?
We will be in the studio a lot this year working with an array of artists, and we are currently in negotiations with a label. 2012 is going to be a busy year for us, and I’m excited about what God has planned.
To book Charles Butler & Trinity, please call Troy Clark at 240 – 350 – 2158.