A native Floridian, born in Kissimmee, Charlie Gear began playing the violin as a teenager when his younger brother, Jim Gear, bought him his first violin. Charlie was fortunate to have had early training with David Davidson, a well-known studio violinist and Celtic artist in the Nashville area. Charlie's works comprise a wide variety of original instrumental tunes, backed by sequencer accompaniment, which fuse a New Age/blues/jazz/celtic feel. His ability to transfer his passion for life to others through his music is what listeners recognize as ''playing from his heart''. Charlie's passion for the instrument stemmed from hearing non-traditional violinists, such as David La Flame (It's a Beautiful Day), Don ''Sugarcane'' Harris (John Mayal), Papa John Creech (Jefferson Airplane), and Jerry Goodman. His favorite composers, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Ennio Morricone, Fritz Kreisler, Sting, and Stevie Ray Vaughn have also inspired his compositions. His love for music and the violin grew during his life as Charlie traveled and lived on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, in San Francisco, and in Central America. After recovering from an injury which claimed years of his playing, Charlie performed again for his fans in 2000 at the DeLand Artisan Inn for the 2000 Deland Fall Festival of the Arts in Deland, Florida. Charlie holds the award for 2003 Best Instrumental Composer in the Songwriters Showcase of America.
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