Charles Michael Brotman

Photo of Charles Michael BrotmanGRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist/composer/producer

GRAMMY Award-winner Charles Michael Brotman is known to audiences in Hawaii, Japan and in the U.S. for his guitar recordings. In the past few years five of his guitar recordings have reached the top 10 on the national radio charts in the Smooth Jazz and New Age categories, and in 2005 his 'Slack Key Guitar" vol 2 CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Chart, and also climbed to #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart. In 2006 Brotman produced a second Grammy nominated CD for Big Island guitarist Sonny Lim. Brotman is also a multiple nominee and winner of Hawaii's 'Hoku' award for his guitar recordings. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy; as vice president of the Kauai Music Festival; and on the Advisory Board for the M.E.L.E. music business program at Honolulu Community College.

Brotman grew up on Mercer Island, Washington, and attended undergraduate school in music at Cornish Institute and The Evergreen State College. He moved to Honolulu in 1976, attended University of Hawaii, where he received an M.A. degree in music and subsequently taught classical guitar for 9 years. He left teaching in the mid 1980's to pursue work as a composer/producer, opening a commercial recording studio with a partner in Honolulu. In 1990 he moved to the Big Island, and in 1997 Charles and his sister, Jody Brotman, co-founded Palm Records and built Lava Tracks Recording Studio. In addition to record production, Brotman composes for film and TV.  He has also remained active as a performer, touring Japan and the U.S. with his acoustic guitar trio 'Kohala'.

Partial list of Charts and Awards:

GRAMMY AWARD, 2005 "Best Hawaiian Music CD"
#1 Billboard Magazine for Grammy Winning "Slack Key Guitar" vol 2 March 2005 (#1 in World Music and #1 in New Age Charts)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, 2005,Hawaii Music Awards
HOKU AWARD, 2005, Compilation album of the year for "Hula Big Island Style" (Palm Records)
NEW AGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR, 2004, Hawaii Music Awards, for "Cool Breeze", Kohala (Palm Records)
HOKU AWARD, 2003, co-producer for Compilation Album of the Year "Aloha Festivals Volume 3" (Hula Records
"Cool Breeze" top 10 debut on the National New Age Radio Chart (Aug. 2003)
"Back to Kohala" #11 on the National NAV radio charts (August 2002)
"Kohala" and "Island Treasures" top 10 debut on Japanese music charts (summer 2001)
"Pacific Rendezvous" top 10 contemporary jazz radio charts (1994)
"Mango Cooler" top 10 contemporary jazz radio charts (1990)

Partial list of Film and TV music:

The Descendants (George Clooney), All About Steve (Sandra Bullock), Hawaii 5-0, "The Informers" (Billy Bob Thorton, Kim Basinger),Dateline, Oprah, Almost Live, Fools Rush In, Entertainment Tonight, Nickalodeon (Nick News), Animal Adventures, Family Works, America's Most Wanted, Prime Suspect, Rites of Passage, etc.

HOKU Awards and or nominee finalist for:

Polinahe: Lorna Lim
Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Jeff Peterson
Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim
Hula Big Island Style
Slack Key Guitar
Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2
Mango Cooler
Pacific Rendezvous
Cool Breeze
Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Contest Winners, Vol. 3

Partial Discography for Charles Michael Brotman:

Slack Key Guitar, volume 2, Various Artists (Palm Records) 2004 grammy winner!
Cool Breeze, Kohala (Palm Records) 2003
Island Style Hula, Various Artists (Palm Records) 2003
Legends of the Ukulele, with Jake Shimabukuro on compilation, (Hanaola Records) 2003
Island Style, compilation (Palm Records) 2002
Back to Kohala, Kohala (Palm Records) 2002
Mango Cooler, Charles Michael Brotman (Palm Records) re-released 1999 (originally released by Global Pacific records in 1990)
Pacific Rendezvous, Charles Michael Brotman (Palm Records) 1998 (originally recorded for Brainchild Records)
Flying, Kohala (Palm Records) 2000
Kohala, Kohala (Palm Records) 1998
Sea of Dreams, Ensemble Pacific (Palm Records) 1999
Island Images, Ensemble Pacific (Palm Records) 1999
Refresh, Ensemble Pacific (Palm Records) 1999
Enlightened Minds (Rhino Records) 1998
Island Treasures, Kohala (Palm Records) 1998
Slack Key Guitar (Palm Records) 1998

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