Jewish Songleader, Charlie Kramer, Blends Song And Spirit With Debut EP
For years, Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Charlie Kramer has worked to be the liaison between song and spirit. As a professional songleader, he celebrates Jewish tradition through his own folk-rock music. On his debut EP, We Will Overcome, he tackles this thoughtfully, fostering an entire community with just his voice and his guitar.
We Will Overcome opens with "Bar'chu" (literally translated to "bless" in Hebrew, or, more topically, a "call to worship"). The track is built entirely on harmonious vocal riffs with Charlie's light voice soaring steadily above shredding guitar melody and layered percussion. Next comes "Hallelujah," which opens with chimes of twinkling rhythms before the track moves into a high-energy, choir-backed soulful anthem. The spirit here is palpable, heard in both the groovy instrumentation and Charlie's fierce delivery.
The middle of We Will Overcome finds "Ozi," its standout track. Here, Charlie's voice is at its best: a kind of smooth softness packed with emotion. The melodic, minimalist folk arrangement only grows in beauty when met with rounded harmony. On "Closer," we're treated to a bittersweet indie ballad led by gentle guitar strumming and quiet rumbles of rhythm as Charlie confidently sings, "I will be the change I want to see." We Will Overcome ends with "Od Yavo," a popular Hebrew tune that advocates for peace, as conjured in its upbeat tempo and sparkly piano beats while Charlie reflects, "Peace will come."
With his debut EP, We Will Overcome, Charlie Kramer uses his versatile voice and musicality as vehicles to encourage the greater good of society. By offering both optimistic singalongs and introspective ballads, each of which reflect on celebrating not just one's own spirituality but also our communal togetherness, Charlie successfully allows the merging of song and spirit.