About the author
Charlie Souza is a bass player, vocalist, performer, writer and producer who has been in the business over four decades. His music has been released on Columbia, Atlantic, Polydor, Fantasy and Laurie Records. FORTRESS on Atlantic Records was an '80s melodic metal group and still is a cult favorite in Europe with a release on Wounded Bird Records in 2008, FORTRESS "Hands in the Till" with releases on independent Souzaphone Records and Phoenix Records in Europe, Charlie has recently filmed and recorded a Live DVD with the NEW RASCALS "NEW RASCALS RELOADED".
Souza has toured with the NEW RASCALS Featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Dino Danelli and Gene Cornish with Bill Pascali (formerly of the Vanilla Fudge), and is also playing dates in Florida with his band, THE NEW TROPICS (TNT) and has also toured, collaborated and recorded with Tom Petty; Greg Allman; Bill Champlin of Chicago; Mike Pinera, Malcolm Jones and Joe Lala of Blues Image; Cactus; White Witch; Gale Force with producer Wayne Henderson of The Jazz Crusaders; Native American actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman; Santana keyboardist Leon Patillo; and the Darrell Mansfield Christian Band and Fred Willard among many others. Charlie also teamed up with former Robin Trower and Sly & The Family Stone drummer Bill Lordan, with saxophonist Adrian Tapia of Boz Scaggs, and original Tropics guitarist, recording artist Eric Turner (Fortress) on albums Live Your Dream” and "9 Ball in the Corner Pocket. These two CDs were recorded in Anaheim and Hollywood, California. Charlie's song Carry Me Back to St. Petersburg off his New Tropics "Livin' in Paradise" CD, recorded in Tampa Bay area studios, was voted the winner of the official city song contest.