Charlotte Blake Alston
A singer and storyteller with a warm, elegant, and commanding voice. She breathes life, infectious energy, and inspiration into traditional and contemporary African and African-American stories and songs, while accompanying herself, at times, on the 21-string koa. With performances fanning the U.S. and abroad, she has played with major symphony orchestras at the The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institute, and South African Women's Festivals. Charlotte Alston has been a featured artist in Carnegie Hall's Family Concert series since 1996, and has received many distinguished honors like the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award, the Zora Neal Hurston Award, and the Commonwealth of PA Artist of the Year Award. She is instrumental in shaping the Jester Hairston story by highlighting his love of Spirituals and narrating his experience in Hollywood as a storyteller.