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Memories of America

by Charlie Jefferson

An atmospheric and emotionally charged exploration of minimalist Americana, inspired by memories of travelling through America's vast landscapes.

Vocal textures: Edwina Hayes

Violin: Danny Hart

Guitar, mandolin, ukulele, keys, electronics, bass & drums: Charlie Jefferson

Producer: Charlie Jefferson

Read an interview with Charlie about 'Memories Of America' conducted by Audio Network.


Selected Credits


'A Week in the Wild' - BBC

'Great Continental Railway Journeys' - BBC

'Scotland's Treasures' - BBC

'Wildest Europe' - Animal Planet

'A Shepherd's Life' Wlodek Markovicz, Youtube

'Inside The Merchant' - BBC

'The One Show' - BBC

'Living Black' - Australian Films

'Long Lost Family' - Canadian Films

'A Vos Risques Et Peril' - Canadian Films

'Weediquette' - History Channel, USA

'Izzie Suttie's The Things We Do For Love' - Fuzz Productions

'Passport To Murder' - SKY Vision

'Burma's Secret Jungle' - BBC 2/ Arrow Media

'Brendan O'Carroll: My Family At War' - BBC

'Countryfile' - BBC

'Terra Firma' - Sigma Films/ Film 4

'The Enfield Hauntings' - Sky Living

'Jon Snow's Hidden Iraq' - Channel 4

'The Sun' - BBC

'One New Message' - Sigma Films

Dispatches - Channel 4

'Jon Snow's American Journey' - Channel 4

'The Moon' - BBC

'Panorama Special: Taking on the Taliban' - BBC One (RTS nominated, Best Factual)

'Future of Food' - BBC (RTS Winner, Best Factual)

Charlie is a very talented composer who delivered some evocative and beautiful music in a wide range of styles for ‘Future of Food’ a BBC2 series looking at food production around the world.
— Gareth Williams, Series Producer, BBC
THE SCORE…sounds GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for putting that all together so last minute! You’re a music making wizard genius man!
— Jessica Ashman, BAFTA award winning animator
Charlie, just watched it back and couldn’t be happier. You’ve bloody nailed it sir. What a privilege to see it come together like that!
— Gordon Napier - Film Director
Charlie is a very talented and versatile composer but just as importantly, a true professional. When you find someone like Charlie on your team you make sure to keep him there!
— Martin Glegg - Creative Director, Wallop




Charlie's subtle and emotive music has been much in demand in the field of film, television and media in recent years.

Growing up with a love of folk and roots music coupled with an obsession for iconic record producer Sir George Martin, his traditional schooling as a classical guitarist soon became enmeshed with a passion for making experimental recordings. Using the four track tape machines and samplers that were available at the time, Charlie took his lead from artists like Portishead, whose first release 'Dummy' struck a particularly resonant chord, acting as both a tonic to the flatness of the mid-90's suburban midlands and a catalyst for exploring new horizons musically.

His time at the University of Glasgow in the late 90's only served to pour fuel on the flames and Charlie began collaborating with trip hop/ dance music producers and turntablists, playing live in Glasgow's infamous night clubs, touring under the name The Operators and Kinky Afro, playing events like T in the Park, alongside artists like Jazzanova, Mark B & Blade, Optimo, Mungo's Hifi and iconic dub producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. 

All the while he was learning more about experimental composition and music production and by the noughties had settled into a quieter life, beginning to work professionally as a soundtrack composer, having enjoyed the process of scoring his friends short films. Charlie soon came to the attention of a BBC producer who asked him to score a series of natural history documentaries. He began to build up a body of work for further documentaries and dramas, whilst also venturing cautiously into the commercial world, most notably creating the identity music for the Comedy Central channel in the UK.

Ever since, Charlie continues to be found working as an instrumental soundtrack artist, though he now enjoys a more collaborative, cerebral and artistic approach when working with directors. His most recent work demonstrates his maturity as a composer, striking a balance of experimental, minimal electronic elements and the melodic classical and folk instruments he has played since his youth. The result is music that is deeply atmospheric and truly idiosyncratic. His next release 'For The Silent Ones' is due for release late 2017.

Charlie lives just outside of Edinburgh in the beautiful countryside of East Lothian, Scotland.



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