Charlie Walk has an uncanny talent for finding hit singles. The music executive and entrepreneur has built his brand on not only identifying the best singles, but, more importantly, on making them chart-topping hits. With this skill, and as President of both Epic and Republic Records over the course of his career, Walk has played an integral role in the ascension of many stars.
Walk has the trust of many popular musicians precisely because he has consistently identified the best songs to release as singles.
Beyond working closely with Mariah Carey and Beyonce, Walk was essential to the rise of Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Post Malone, The Weekend, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, and Shakira. Since Walk has never sought credit, it is largely unknown that he is actually the man responsible for John Mayer’s song ‘Daughters’ becoming the international two-time Grammy-winning hit it is today.
Walk has the trust of many popular musicians precisely because he has consistently identified the best songs to release as singles. This situation was no different when Walk was working with John Mayer. When Mayer’s second album was not progressing as fast as expected, Walk began to re-think the album cycle. As the true music lover he is, Walk listened to the music. Walk was in attendance when Mayer played ‘Daughters’ live at a concert for the very first time. Walk could not help but notice that everyone was singing along; further, the fans actually sang this song louder than any other song.
This was the exact moment that Walk knew he had to release ‘Daughters’ as a single, despite its current sales numbers. Everyone in Mayer’s camp, including Mayer himself, was against Walk’s idea. Despite the lack of support, Walk could not contain his enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit. The very next day, Walk went ahead and gave the song to a handful of radio stations around the country. The song exploded and, a year later, earned Mayer the Grammy for Song of the Year as well as the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal. During his Grammy acceptance speech, Mayer acknowledged Walk and thanked him for his support and guidance with the record.
Without Walk’s unyielding passion, deep musical insight, and raw entrepreneurial energy, John Mayer would have never released ‘Daughters’ as a single nor won the Grammy for Song of the Year. When Charlie Walk listens to his gut, he never fails. It is also why he continues to have the most consistent ears in the music business today.
Walk is a big believer in believing in oneself. He understands that not everyone in his life will see the big picture, but he just needs to trust himself and focus on the mission. This is also why Charlie believes in being passionate about your business; he believes that if you aren’t passionate, you won’t develop the vision necessary to succeed.