Chuck Cheesman (for media use)
Chuck Cheesman is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator. Chuck received formal training while earning an undergraduate music degree from Illinois State University, and he earned his real world experience as a student and instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.
Chuck leads a double life as a recording artist, producing recordings of original music for both children and adults. The contemporary folk/rock CD Imagining Dancers (February 2011) has received radio airplay across the country on college, community, and internet stations including Pandora Online Radio and the syndicated program The Midnight Special. It was named the “favorite album” of 2011 by Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine. Dancing With No Shoes On (September 2011) is a more whimsical children’s release that maintains Chuck’s high standards of writing, musicianship, and production.
Along with his friend Bob Neustadt, Chuck produced a compilation CD of music and spoken word called Border Songs (October 2012) which benefits Tucson-based human rights group No More Deaths / No Más Muertes. The CD received contributions from some nationally-recognized acts including Amos Lee, Michael Franti, Calexico, and Pete Seeger. As of this writing, the project has raised more than $35,000 for humanitarian aid being provided along the US/Mexico border.
Chuck writes and records out of his home studio, The Secret Hideout of Hombre de Queso. During the summer of 2013, Chuck and his family moved from Northern Arizona to the Pacific Northwest. He remains active in the Southwest and is producing a second benefit compilation, this one for Flagstaff's Whale Foundation.
photo by Jim McCarthy