Recorded in an old warehouse off Pelham Street located at the fringe of Melbourne City, this album is a collection of rustic, rich, honest to goodness songs. Handcrafted carefully, entirely self produced, the EP featuring grooves of drummer Grant Miles and bassist Ritchie Wong, key session players for Charles J Tan's trio band. This album of eight songs capture the landmark original material that first won him the top spot in 2009's Storyteller's Singer/Songwriter Competition as well as the single, Almost Sunday, putting him in the Top 50 of MusicOz's National Music Awards 2010. Charles’ vocals shine through on this record, with lush layers of vocal orchestration, self arranged, along with unique sounds of ukulele and a brass ensemble. From vagabond folk to all out rock, from easy sing along to soulful grooves, The Pelham Sessions sets Charles J Tan apart as a seasoned performing songwriter with a voice that draws you in and trademark songwriting that will keep him as an artist for a long time to come.
released December 17, 2010
All tracks performed by The Pelham Sessions "Trio"
Grant Miles - Drums, Ritchie Wong - Bass, Charles J Tan - Vocals, BGVs, Guitars, Ukulele, Piano, Samples, Sequences.
Except "Almost Sunday (Holiday Edition)" peformed by Thaddeus Huang - Trombone, Keat Lee - Alto Saxophone,
Mozad Kamari - Bass, Phillip Tan - Piano Horn Section Arrangements by Zach Tay.
Zach Tay - Electric Guitar Solo on "Personal Anthem"
Clara Rhoden - Backing Vocals on "Free"
Cheryl Goh - Backing Vocals on "Anything"
Stefan Lim - Drum & Percussion Sequence on "Free"
Steven Cheong - Additional Drum Samples and Sequencing
Art & Direction - Michelle Tng & Lydia Teh
Photography - Shaun Lee & Michelle Tng
Booking & Management - Wenona Lok (firstname.lastname@example.org
Recorded & Produced by Charles J Tan
Mixed Steven Cheong & Charles J Tan
Except Almost Sunday & Almost Sunday (Holiday Edition), mixed and mastered by Steven Cheong.
All songs written & arranged by Charles J Tan
Except "Feels Better Now" - Arranged by Phillip Tan & Charles J Tan, "Almost Sunday (Holiday Edition)" - Horn arrangements by Zach Tay
Copyright 2010 Charles J Tan Music.
Acknowledgements & Thank You
Grant & Ritchie, for sticking it out inspite of the many delays for this recording. We made it!
Steven Cheong, whom I am grateful to, for our long friendship and the professional help.
Thaddeus Huang for loaning the vocal microphones under such short notice.
Stefan Lim, for giving me perspectives constantly challenging me as a songwriter and performer.
Tim Goh, my peer, my pastor, my counsellor through the good and hard times.
Karen, Heng Khuen, Joseph, Doreen, for believing in me, feeding me.
E-Gene & Sarah, for the long time friendship & enduring support.
Wenona Lok - for pushing me along, making sure we stay on track.
Lydia Teh - for coming on board to lend me your ingenius design ideas.
Shawn Low - for lending me those monitor headphones. The final mix would not have been without it. You are a lifesaver!
Debbie & Jon - thank you for that sweet note on twitter and the very kind gesture that will go a long way.
Celine - for being a lifesaver, driving me around, the macarons. you are a beautiful soul waiting to be discovered.
To my crazy bunch of friends (you know who you are) who dared to take my song apart and sing it back to me. Respect. Thank you for the late night suppers, the insane drives, the gorgeous dinners, the incoherent conversations and spirited instigations. Let's help set each other's dreams free through this bond we've shared. I don't say it enough, but I love you guys!
My family in Singapore for supporting me in what I do and never criticized nor questioned my career choice. You guys surprise me in the most unconventional way.
To all of you who came to each of my shows, bought a ticket, ate the gingerbread, bought my DIY CDs, cheered and made me feel like I am never really alone in what I do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To all musicians who played on this album. I am grateful for your talent & fingerprints on this record.
The city of Nashville, Tennessee, for opening the eyes of this lone pilgrim and for the inspiration.
To God, for second chances, for your grace and mercy, for watching over me.
To YOU reading, listening to this record. May this endeavour remind you of your hopes and dreams, who you want to be, inspire you to never sell yourself short. May this canvas become your very own to create, storyboard and carve out your very own personal anthem.