In a few short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and band leader, a staple in 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. If Tanika's singing it, she's lived it! Her touring career has seen her supporting the likes of Estelle, Mayer Hawthorne, Haitus Kayote, Lauryn Hill, Bendouin Soundclash and Macy Gray.
Highly impressive, considering she is only just releasing her debut album to the world, after her low-key EP release, What! What? What!?, back in 2010. Soul Run is an album which strikes a seamless balance between that warm authentic vintage soul sound, yet contains a contemporary twist to it. Growing up on a musical diet of Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, Bob James, Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo, Bjork and The Black Crows, Charles' eclectic music taste subconsciously shines through in Soul Run.
After a couple of years singing other people's songs, she figured out it was time to start telling her own story, and began to gather some of her friends and peers in Toronto together. The outcome was a beautifully crafted eleven track album cobbled together in various Toronto studios on a shoestring budget. All but one of the songs on the album were co-writes, mostly with local songwriter, Ian James Jones. "Darkness And The Dawn," which happens to be Tanika's favorite song on the album was written solely by herself.
Production was handled by Slakah The Beatchild (BBE Records) best known as a producer for artists such as Drake and Justin Nozuka, Daniel Lee (Hooded Fang & Phedre), Jesse Bear (Sean Kingston, Zaki Ibrahim), Matt ‘Emdee' Reid and Anthony Corsi.