In a few short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and band leader, a staple of the Canadian soul scene.
Both on stage and off, Edmonton-raised Charles presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and honest in her vulnerabilities. Her art is inherently autobiographical. If Tanika’s singing it, she’s lived it.
On April 7th, 2017 Tanika released her debut full-length album Soul Run internationally through Italian funk/soul label Record Kicks. Already nominated for a Polaris Music Prize and 2017 Juno R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Soul Run’s first single and title track depicts a tale of withered romance and high octane escape. Production work on the album is handled by Slakah The Beatchild ( Drake , Glenn Lewis, Melanie Durrant), Daniel Lee (Hooded Fang, Phedre), Emdee and 2nd Son (allie), Christopher Sandes (The Big Sound), and Big Tweeze (Theo 3, Adam Bomb). The overarching sound is classic soul and heavy drums, without the need for retro crutches. Soul Run received overwhelmingly positive reviews with Now Magazine giving it an NNNN rating, and Exclaim! declaring it an 8/10.