Vocalist Charita Franks was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Community Baptist Church, where she started singing at the age of 8. She was inspired by Sade, EnVogue, Boys to Men, Michael Jackson, Prince and the BeeGees. Since then, she has had 4 beautiful children, 2 beautiful grandchildren and a beautiful daughter -in-law.
In 2004, she joined her first band, the Chozen Few. Ralph Johnson, the band leader for the Chozen Few, was hard on her, but it has all paid off. He was and still is one of the best band leaders around. She has also performed with In Demand Band, Afterthought and NU Soul, 4Ever Band, and Special Request. Special Request band leader John English has taught Rita more than she could imagine about all aspects of music, professionalism, and discipline and order.
This brings us to the present, with Charita leading her own band featuring the finest musicians N.E Ohio has to offer. Charita delivers a performance you will enjoy from “dinner to disco.” A high energy performer who is intimate yet dramatic and passionate about her music, she keeps you dancing and entertained from start to finish and is all about musical creativity & spontaneity.
Charita has both a smooth side & a high energy side, and her fans say that she sounds like none other. She can change the mood of a room in an instant and sings with a passionate connection to the music.
Her music tells stories and she puts on a show that grabs the undivided attention of everyone in the room — whether it’s a cappella or laying it down with a full band, “the show will go on!”
Join us for a very special Friday evening in the Rubber City as this hometown artist makes her BLU debut – get your tickets today!
|BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017)*|
|Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.|