Chuck Prophet is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. A Californian, Prophet first achieved notice in the American rock group Green on Red, with whom he toured and recorded in the 1980s. He has also recorded a number of solo records, and gained prominence as a musician and songwriter.
Chuck Prophet was born in Whittier, California. Prophet's father appears briefly in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle. After recording one E.P. and eight albums with rock group Green on Red, he released his first solo record Brother Aldo on Fire Records in 1990. He has been compared to to everyone from Ray Davies, to Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Randy Newman and Alex Chilton. Prophet is also a sought after guitarist known for his unique rhythmic yet lyrical style. He has worked as a sideman or session musician with many artists, including Bob Neuwirth, Kelly Willis, Aimee Mann, Warren Zevon, Jonathan Richman, Lucinda Williams and Cake. He has frequently collaborated with songwriter Dan Penn and Jim Dickinson.
His compositions have been recorded by musicians like Alejandro Escovedo, Solomon Burke, Heart, Kim Carnes, Peter Wolf, Kim Richey, Carter's Chord, Jace Everett, Arc Angels, Chris Knight and Kelly Willis. He has toured with Memphis producer and pianist Jim Dickinson, who recorded Prophet's "Hungry Town". In Nashville, Tennessee Prophet and songwriter Kim Richey penned "I'm Gone", a top-40 country hit in 2002 for singer Cyndi Thomson. He records and tours with his wife Stephanie Finch, who is a singer, keyboardist and guitarist.
Prophet was signed to New West Records by Peter Jesperson in 2002. He made two records for New West: No Other Love and Age of Miracles. After years of mostly European and UK success, 2002’s No Other Love was a breakthrough record for Prophet stateside due to the success of the summer single "Summertime Thing" and endorsements from Lucinda Williams, who gave him the opening slot for her summer tour.
The song "No Other Love" was covered by the rock group Heart at the suggestion of Cameron Crowe. It was also featured in an episode of the television series The L Word, and the film P.S. I Love You.
Recorded in San Francisco and Nashville, 2007's Soap and Water received critical praise. Prophet toured Europe and North America in support of the album and appeared with his band on The Late Show With David Letterman, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Prophet has contributed to several Kelly Willis records, and produced 2007's Translated From Love for Rykodisc. Willis and Prophet co-wrote six of the albums tracks and Prophet played guitar throughout.
Prophet has released a limited-edition work entitled Dreaming Waylon's Dreams, which he recorded in San Francisco. The record re-creates Waylon Jennings' 1975 country album Dreaming My Dreams in its entirety and features, among others, members of American Music Club and Meat Beat Manifesto. The package and booklet were printed by the legendary Bruce Licher (Savage Republic, Independent Music Project , REM fan club etc.) using a custom letterpress design on original stock. Each piece was lovingly printed by hand on a circa 1930’s printing press. And each one is numbered. "Dreaming Waylon's Dreams" is one of the rarest and most sought after items in Prophet's discography. Only 500 copies exist.
In 2008 Prophet co-wrote all the songs on Alejandro Escovedo's Real Animal, to which he also contributed guitar and vocals.
Released by Rounder Records, in 2001: Raisins in the Sun was a one-off collaboration with Jules Shear, Harvey Brooks, Paul Q. Kolderie, Jim Dickinson, Sean Slade, and Winston Watson, recorded in May 1999.
Chuck appears as an actor playing "The Connection" in Revolution Summer, a film directed by Miles Matthew Montalbano and produced by Jonathan Richman.
Chuck contributed "You Did" (bomp shooby doobie bomp) as the theme song to the "smart, original, and horrifically funny" Teeth (film). Chuck's song "Love Won't Keep Us Apart," co-written with Klipschutz, is featured in the FX program Sons of Anarchy.
"You Did" was also featured in the closing credits of the HBO series True Blood episode "Keep This Party Going" (S02E02).
In May 2009, Prophet along with a cast of characters including Ernest "Boom" Carter headed to Mexico City to record a collection of "political songs for non political people". ¡Let Freedom Ring! released on October 27, 2009 on Yep Roc.
A song he co-wrote with Charlie Sexton appears as one of two new songs on the upcoming Arc Angels reunion DVD.
in 2009 Chuck produced Jace Everett's RED REVELATIONS CD along with Brad Jones, & Jace Everett. Chuck co wrote four songs and played guitar. The CD includes Everett's "Bad Things" best known as the theme song to HBO's True Blood. Prophet's song "You Did" (bomp shooby doobie bomp) is part of the True Blood (season 2) soundtrack.
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