(born Charlie Winston Gleave
, 14 September 1978, Cornwall) is an English singer-songwriter. Winston has had his most significant commercial success in France, where he is now based.Early careerWinston started performing under the moniker "Charlie Winston and the Oxymorons" after recording and touring with Tom Baxter on Baxter's Feather and Stone album. The Oxymorons consisted of harmonicist Benjamin 'Gob Iron' Edwards, bass guitarist Elf Lord Taylor, and drummer Jamie Morrison.
Winston's debut album, Make Way
was recorded at Real World Studios in 2006. Described as "inspired and seductive". Winston supported Peter Gabriel. on his 2007 European tour.
His second album, Hobo
, entered the French charts at No. 3 on 31 January 2009, and peaked at No. 1 in its 25th charting week where it stayed for 4 weeks and, as of 5 July 2011, spent 30 weeks in the Top 10. His debut album has also been certified as being platinum.The first single, "Like a Hobo", also topped the French SNEP charts for one week on 11 April 2009.In 2010, Winston won an European Border Breakers Award for 'Best UK artist in Europe'.
Winston's third album Running Still
was released in France on 21 November 2011.In 2012, Winston contributed the track "This Wheel's on Fire" to the compilation CD set for Amnesty International titled "Chimes of Freedom – The Songs of Bob Dylan".
On 17 September 2010, Charlie Winston headlined a global telecast for the international day of peace Peace One Day Peace One Day with Jude Law and Sharon Stone.On 10 November 2011, the track "She Went Quietly" was used over the ending of the mid-season finale of Grey's Anatomy (Season 8, Episode 9 "Dark Was The Night").
In 2008, his cover of The Spencer Davis Group song "I'm a Man" appeared on a television advertisement for Volkswagen Polo. The ad featured a dog miming the words to the track, and was banned after complaints from the RSPCA and over 750 viewers. Charlie Winston first ever release, was on the CD compilation called Raison Detre London "the compilation" in 2004 compiled and produced by Yvan Serrano-Fontova aka Dj Healer Selecta with a Charlie Winston song recorded live at Raison DEtre show in London in 2003 " My life as a duck"
Winston was born to parents Jeff and Julie Gleave. At an early age he moved to Bungay, Suffolk where his parents owned the King's Head Hotel. His older brother, Tom Baxter, and younger sister, Vashti Anna, are also musicians and all use their middle name as a stage surname. Charlie Winston lives in Paris, France.