Not only has Charles Suniga made history with playing music at airports, he also is the first to play at trade shows. Here a write up from The Fort Wayne Home and Garden show from 2007.
Spend a few moments with Grammy-nominated composer and piano-man Charles Suniga and your life will change. With a twinkle in his eye and his hands darting across the keys, the Fort Wayne Home and Garden show is proud to have Charles Suniga playing live during all hours of the show. Suniga will have many of his albums for sale, including the Grammy-nominated CD “Spirit Rising” available for sale at a discounted price.
Suniga’s musical epiphany came while working at a plywood mill: “I was pulling lead on a green chain when I was asked to play piano for a Nike company party in Eugene, Ore. I made more money that night doing something I love than two weeks at the mill!” Suniga then began a journey to make music for a living, that was 1980. At that same time he found a mentor- a music legend who worked with the likes of Elvis and pushed Suniga toward composing. “Mickey Newberry loved my music and was instrumental in starting my musical career,” noted Suniga.
Since then, Suniga has played to thousands, recorded numerous albums and toured all over the U.S. to trilled crowds- all while keeping a simple approach to his music. “I get asked this all the time- how do you choose your music? I always chuckle- the music chooses me.”
According to James Iafrati, the former President of the NW Chapter of National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), who nominated Suniga’s “Spirit Rising” for a Grammy, “Charles has Johann Sebastian Bach0like abilities you rarely see today, he’s capable of composing the most compelling and simple melodies- which will stick with you for years to come. He’s a man that composes daily and in all genres of music- if you have the chance to meet him, listen to him, you will leave a better person.”
“People say my music is a gift. I say it’s a gift to be able to play music that has meaning in people’s lives…. Charles Suniga “