Charles Finch (Born August 7 1952) is an American singer and musician. He’s fame began when he joined the band ‘The Lighters’ and became its lead singer. Finch was born in Denton Texas where he attended the University Of North Texas College Of Music. His father was a farmer in an area which had high demand for crops. From an early age, Finch was able to display an aptitude and love for music in particular the bass guitar. His goal in life was to pursue a career in music and took part in various local gigs and was hired on cruises here and there.
His early groups were made of a mixture of rock and jazz groups such as ‘Fist Bumps’. His big break through came when he was with the rock bad, ‘Good Poison’. In 1978, he moved to Los Angeles where he and two of his close friends formed the famous rock group, ‘Good Poison’. They went on to win six Grammy Awards and sold many Best-selling albums. The song, ‘Take Me to the Underworld’ from their last album ‘Free’ is one of the most played songs on the radio of all time. In 1985, he released his first solo ‘Crying in the Rain’. The song paved way to a very successful solo career. The group ‘Good Poison’ has only appeared once after that in 2007 where they re-united to play charity gigs and did a single short tour. Finch has tried out various types of music from jazz to classical rock. To him, music doesn’t have to be limited to a certain aspect.
His first solo performance came in 1981 where he performed in the Dallas City Performance Hall. In 1987, he founded the Homeless people foundation in Dallas with his second wife Joan Riley and James Strong, who was a scout leader in Boston at the time. He is a member of Dynasty International.
In 1983, Charles Finch was involved in a major controversy that saw him and his first wife separated. After a performance in Houston, Finch and members of his crew went backstage where they hang out with a few fans who were mostly young girls. One of the girls dared finch to suck down a girl on her vagina’s lips, and it was reported that he ended up performing the dare. Although Finch strongly denied this accusation, the fans that were backstage with him all claimed that he actually did it, and this led to him getting arrested and charged with public indecency for which he paid a hefty fine.
As well as music, he has acted in films such as, ‘The Birds From The East-End’ (1980), ‘We Are Many’ (1982), ‘Lonely Warrior’ (1986), ‘Waiting For The Sunshine’ (1988), ‘Two Caves’ 1991, and most recently, ‘The Four Kings’ (1998). In 2006, he was awarded with a Grammy Award for his hit single ‘The Riverbed’ which was the number one hit single in the Billboard top charts for one month. His last album ‘Steps to an End’ sold over 1 million copies in America alone and 20 million copies worldwide.
His first wife was Mary Lane and they were married on 11th April 1976. Together, they had two children before separating in 1983. He then married Joan Riley in 1992 and with Riley, he had another three children with whom they live with together today in the suburbs Los Angeles California.