“I want to change the world and be a rock star”

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ABOUT THE BAND

The King N His Naughty Bunnies band members who played on the CD to be released on Monday, Jan. 18, are: Emily Erkman, or Miss Em, (vocals); Jason Runnells (guitar), Steve Williams (bass); Rob Labig (drums); Michelle Nelson-Krypton (keys); and Dominic Jones (piano).

However, none of Charles King’s band can tour with him this year because of prior family and work commitments, so King recruited local musicians from Los Bandoleros, Jack+Jill and Lion Vibes to tour with him.



Charles King told his niece he would be famous by age 30.

He’s on his way.

King, 30, got the break he wanted when he signed a record deal with Mid West Flawless Entertainment during the summer and recorded his first full-length album, “Alien in Junktown,” during the fall.

Now, his band, King N His Naughty Bunnies, is ready to sell the album. A CD release party is set for 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Tenacious Brothers Pub, 118 S. Seventh St.

All 13 songs on “Alien in Junktown” are original and written by King, fellow band member Jason Runnells or Terry Mosher, a songwriter from Las Vegas. When it came time to find material to write songs about, King admitted he didn’t have to look far.

King is a gay, African-American man who loves rock music. He sort of stands out, he said.

“My journey here hasn’t been easy,” King said.

Or uneventful.

King credits God for bringing him to Grand Junction nearly four years ago, and he credits his friends with his decision to stay.

About four years ago, King signed a one-year contract to perform at The Cabaret Dinner Theatre. After the terms of the contract expired, he planned to return to the East Coast.

Then several friends urged King to stay and move into their Grand Junction home to focus on his music. When King asked them what he should do about money, they told King not to worry about it because they would help him pay bills until he got on his feet. King said his roommates supported him financially for nearly three years.

“They made a promise, and they kept it,” said King, who has no plans to move away from Grand Junction now that he has a record contract. “I just want to thank my tenacious brothers and sisters. They know who they are.”

The word “tenacious” is popular among King and his friends because they think it symbolizes the attitudes they have had during the previous four years.

In fact, some of King’s friends, including close friend Justin Morgan, are the owners of the Tenacious Brothers Pub where King’s CD release party will be.

Morgan said he knew King was talented enough to be successful as a musician if he had time to focus on his music.

However, putting a label on the type of music he sings wasn’t as easy for King as his decision to have a CD release party at his friends’ pub.

King calls himself “a rocker” because of a lifelong love of rock music, but his music also is influenced by a childhood spent listening to gospel and soul and several years in the punk scene of New York City.

The eclectic fusion in the music of King N His Naughty Bunnies makes it interesting to listen to, said Patricia Follin, who signed King to the Mid West Flawless Entertainment label.

“It wasn’t too hard to want to sign him because his talent spoke volumes,” she said. “He’s a perfectionist, and it shows in his work.”

Follin will be in Grand Junction for the CD release party, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. with opening bands before King N His Naughty Bunnies takes the stage at 10 p.m. Admission is $10.

King said he seeks to entertain people during his shows. He is a fan of bold colors, bold clothes and a bold lifestyle. His music is no different, he said.

“By expressing myself, I can make other men and women think they can do whatever they want,” King said. “I’ve had people come up to me and say they’ve had problems with race and sexuality, but they see everyone has a light ... I want to change the world and be a rock star.”


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