Never has there been a more appropriately named musical duo than Arienne Hearts Charlie. The married couple of Arienne and Charlie are partners in life, in business and in music. In their primary gig they are each psychotherapists with a particular interest in relationship therapy. From their website SexBecause.com they host podcasts, author articles and produce videos with the intent of helping romantic partners of all shapes, numbers, orientations and lifestyles find their way to healthy love and sex. They encourage others to keep their lives and relationships exciting and they do the same for themselves. As a deeply devoted and sexually liberated married couple they walk the walk and talk the talk.
One way that Arienne hearts Charlie keep it fresh is through music. In addition to their shared interests in mental health, they also share some impressive Jazz chops. At the prompting of some musical friends, guitarist Charlie and vocalist Arienne recently took their love of music to the studio. The couple’s debut single is a smoky cover of the Duke Ellington/Billie Holiday classic “Solitude.” Arienne’s sultry vocal and classic Jazz phrasing brings to mind the lonely melancholy of Lady Day. As she sings of love and longing, Charlie lays down the smooth melodic chord voicings of a virtuoso.
The Louisiana natives have released two versions of their first single. With a wink, they dropped the “naked” version, featuring the talented duo unaccompanied for an intimate and soulful performance. The “fully dressed” version of the track features the mellow New Orleans Jazz stylings of their War & Spirit Jazz Band, who add subtle flourishes of trumpet and strings. Each recording pops with authenticity and hints at even more great music on the horizon.
We had the opportunity to chat with Arienne Hearts Charlie about the song, their lives together and the future. Check out their answers to our 8 questions. Listen to the naked version below. You can also hear it on the Deep Indie Chill playlist. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with this dynamic, talented and infinitely interesting couple.
8 Questions with Arienne Hearts Charlie
The Static Dive: Where are you from?
Charlie: Grew up in Monroe, Louisiana before heading to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Arienne: Grew up in Bastrop, Louisiana then headed to Norfolk, Virginia just before finishing high school.
SD: How long have you been making music?
Arienne Hearts Charlie: Our career field is psychotherapy with a speciality in ptsd, sexual trauma, as well as couples and intimacy counseling but music has been a large part of lives since marrying 11 years ago. Both of us had some experience in music during our grade school years and the passion definitely started there.
SD: Who are the musicians involved in your project?
Shawn Green of Circle Music Group (CMG Music) in Houston who has worked with the likes of Kim Burrell. https://soundbetter.com/profiles/49232-circle-music-group
Stewart Cararas Phlorescent Beacon Productions out of LA who has an astounding resume as well https://about.me/stewartcararas
both encouraged us to lay down some tracks after being introduced to some of the work we did in our guest bathroom and closet at home LOL.
SD: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Arienne: This is a difficult question as there are so many great artists with differing talents, from different genres, that have influenced me over the years. As a kid, I practiced singing many of Mariah Carey’s 1990 songs daily! I often felt like I was teaching myself to sing with her songs. Some amazing artists over the years that influenced me greatly as well include Bette Miller, Bonnie Raite, Prince, and Reba Mc.
Charlie: Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Grant Green to name a few, and Al Dimeola early on. Wes is still the master of masters and Barney Kessel’s work with Billie Holiday. There’s a local player who plays with many of R&B’s top names, Corey Stoot, that i had the pleasure of hanging with that probably helped me get back into the game.
SD: What is your greatest non-musical influence?
Arienne: My husband and love. He is the reason I even believe in love songs and am inspired to do things such as music that envoke so much emotion. Also, mashed potatoes…my other love.
SD: What are your plans for the future (musically)?
Arienne: To continue creating with this incredible man of mine.
Charlie: just trying to keep her singing to me naked or that way in general to be honest.
SD: Where did your name originate?
AHC: It’s pretty obvious I guess. We established ourselves as therapists specializing in ptsd and sexual trauma moving on to relationship intimacy therapy and videos for couples with SexBecause.com . We felt we couldn’t truly teach about care and commitment without demonstrating it. We couldn’t discuss keeping intimacy exciting if we didn’t live it ourselves. The bane was a natural progression for us both. There was a light argument over whose name would go first but I won because his name usually leads in our media work.
Our band is named the war & spirit jazz band because it sort of fits them. A couple of misfits from the area who got interested in what we were doing after we put our first track up. They are the rowdy types and like to have fun: they are featured here but are always drifting around drinking, singing, and just whatever.
SD: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Arienne Hearts Charlie: Check out our full length album dropping July 19.