Charlie Winston is a British singer/songwriter associated with Peter Gabriel's label, Real World Records. He broke through to mainstream success in France in 2009 with the chart-topping smash hit "Like a Hobo." Born in 1978 in Cornwall, he grew up in Bungay, Suffolk, where his parents ran a hotel. He is the brother of Tom Baxter, a singer/songwriter popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Winston made his full-length debut with the self-produced album Make Way (2007) in association with Gabriel's Real World label. He toured with Gabriel as well. His second album, Hobo (2009), was also released on Real World. Whereas Make Way failed to find a mass audience, Hobo became a major commercial success in France, where it was released on the label Atmosphériques. The album's lead single, "Like a Hobo," topped the French singles chart. It also reached the Top Five in Belgium and the Top 30 in Switzerland. In support of the breakthrough success of "Like a Hobo," Winston toured France. Toward the end of 2011 Winston released his third album Running Still, which was well received in Europe, reaching the top 10 of the French charts. The track “She Went Quietly” from the record was used during the ending of the mid-season finale in season eight of Grey’s Anatomy.
~ Jason Birchmeier