Student of the Week - Charlie Knauss!


Charlie Knauss Electronshadows O-o!!
RiverCity Renegades
Vocals, Keys and Bass
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in September 2017

When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music? 
I can't really remember when I first started trying to play music, but I did spend four years in band as a kid and several people I grew up with became working musicians so I was always around it. I think my biggest influence growing up was that almost everyone in my family played at least one instrument. I remember from the time I was little my mom and grandma saying I should learn piano or guitar.

Tell us about your musical journey?
My musical journey has been slow and wandering, seeming derailed at times but I can't remember many times that I wasn't trying to at least learn the vocals for some song...a few years ago I got started singing karaoke and it quickly opened me back up to the idea of performing at some level and eventually lead me here, to RiverCity Rock Star Academy.

What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity?
Hard choice because I've had so much fun performing in the Renegades, but I think even though it was a one off for me it has to be AC/DC’s ‘Livewire’, after that ‘Born on the Bayou’ by CCR and then ‘Possum Kingdom’ by the Toadies.

What bands or artists are you listening to right now?
Rush is my all-time favorite band followed closely by Jethro Tull. Too many others to list.

What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)? 
I don't really have a 'day job' but I have a number of things I'm involved in, mostly centered around my church.