Charles received critical acclaim by winning an EMMY in 2004 for his work on “Bentley Creek” and went on to receive his second EMMY in 2005 for his score to “Beyond The Medal Of Honor”. In 2010 Charles was awarded the Jury Choice GOLD MEDAL for his score to the Richard Gere film, “Teenage Witness”, and a second GOLD MEDAL for the film, “I AM”, at the Park City Film Music Festival. In 2011 Charles received the Ribaut Award for Excellence In Music For Film at the Beaufort International Film Festival and in 2015 he was given a GOLD MEDAL at the Houston World Fest for his symphony, “Portraits of Colorado”. His album, "Moment At Dawn", won a GOLD MEDAL at the 2016 Global Music Awards and his recent album, "One Drop Became An Ocean", became a chart topping worldwide radio hit staying in the Top 5 for eight weeks.
Charles' music has been featured with artists such as Creed, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon. He has been published with six American Music Company CDs, and two Reserve Music CDs. His American Symphony No. 1 is published on the Reference Recordings Label. Charles has also published three score books, "The Orchestra", “The Unspoken Narrative” and “Moment At Dawn”.
Films featuring Charles’ music include National Geographic, The History Channel, PBS, main themes for the STARZ! Kids' Television Network, music for Animal Planet, Honda, Coca Cola, Oprah, Dateline, NBC, NASA, The Colorado Rockies, and many feature film productions. Actors featured in Charles' films include Richard Gere, Burt Reynolds, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Guttenberg, Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Madsen, Charles Durning and many others…
Concert works include “PORTRAITS OF COLORADO, An American Symphony No. 1”, a commission by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and “PORTRAITS IN SEASON, Suite for Piano & Orchestra”, premiered with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Charles has also conducted and played piano with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014, he was asked to compose a new theme for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Team. The music was recorded at Boettcher Concert Hall with the Colorado Symphony and premiered live at Coors Field on opening day. Charles conducted the ensemble. According to the Denver Post, his music helped to bring an estimated 1.8 billion dollars of new tourism to Colorado through the use of his symphony in tourism commercials. Charles has lectured at film festivals and universities all across the United States. He is also a professor, teaching composition, music theory, and music production.
Charles' accomplishments have been featured in many articles including Keyboard Magazine, MIX Magazine, Recording Magazine, The Denver Post, WORLD Magazine, The Denver Business Journal, River East Magazine, Low Country Weekly, and POST Magazine.