January 19, 2020
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Charlie Austen – Bags of Talent – But No Shoes

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She’s played Glastonbury
She’s played Bestival
She sold-out London’s Scala
She’s currently on tour with singing legends Nine Below Zero ..  and
She’s done it all in her bare feet !! 
She’s Charlie Austen ..  And she’s got an awesome new track entitled
“Slave to Chemistry”
Which she performed recently at a top Music Industry Showcase Night organised by the
Songwriting Academy in conjunction with Emerging Artists UK at  The PianoWorks in
Farringdon LONDON
Charlie’s Official Bio  – Under the pseudonym -Kite Strings – Charlie Austen creates
Finger-picking soul music with an emphasis on carefully crafted lyrics , intricate guitar parts , solid groove and unusual melodies to suit her airy-yet-powerful blues-infused Vocal style.
All delivered with a genuine smile and, more often than not , a conspicuous… lack of shoes…..
Shoes may be lacking in Charlie’s on-stage performance but talent and entertainment Definitely is not  … “ ..a while ago , a manager tried  to sex me up with high heels etc ..
She tells us ..  “But I just wasn’t comfortable ..”  So, Charlie is doing it her own way … in a totally relaxed costume of t-shirt and cargos  – not forgetting that ‘conspicuous’
Lack of shoes ..  She seems not only totally at ease on stage, but it  also kinda puts her
audience at ease and promotes the whole laid-back style of her music ..  And her delivery.
“We once took a mid-tour break to visit IKEA – the band got me a rug – so I could sing in bare feet ”  ..  feel the love -folks !
I first heard Charlie play at a songwriting bootcamp – a whole hall-full of talent sitting in a group playing their songs to each other – Charlie picked up a guitar and began to pick the strings as she launched gently into one of her own tracks – Blame – it was #AWESOME  – I was sitting next to Songwriting Academy Principal Martin Sutton at the time  – “I would BUY
That !!” ..  I told him … in fact I liked it so much .. I told anyone who would listen .
Charlie the Songwriter
As a songwriter – Charlie is doing some AWESOME stuff  .. And most of her performance from her recent showcase is going to be available on the Songwriter News YouTube Channel  –  which includes a couple of well -heeled (without shoes) acoustic covers .(coming soon )
Charlie is a founder member of  DIY Indie Band LUX LISBON – who recently toured  the UK selling out venues including  the SCALA in LONDON  – WOW!! that’s an achievement well worth mentioning !! and check your diaries for Feb- they’re playing Bristol BIERKELLER on 10TH FEB
Tickets on saleHERE
To add to her list of accomplishments, Charlie is currently on tour singing with Blues LEGENDS – NINE BELOW ZERO – and has appeared at Glastonbury and Bestival
Nine Below Zero – Skegness Rock&Blues Festival Jan21 – The Mirren Basildon Jan27 then a 4-piece tour Austria / Germany / Nederlands feb  and back to Derby – The Flower Pot – with a full line-up FEB24.
With so many strings to her bow (not a violin in sight – but definitely at times a eukelele)
Its totally clear that Charlie AUSTEN -as a singer as a songwriter and as a performer  –
Solo .. Band  or otherwise … IS DEFINITELY HERE TO STAY  …
Check out Charlie AUSTEN on Facebook  – HERE
LUXLISBON – website – HERE
Nine BELOW ZERO – webiste – HERE
Charlie on SongwriterNews  YouTube Channel -click the header video above
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