“Country music can make you feel a lot of different things,” McNeal says. “It can make you dance. It can make you cry. It’s really versatile and I love that. I want to make music that moves people.” It was actually a time of sorrow that taught McNeal the impact music could have and spurred the young artist’s desire to launch a career. “No one knew that I had a secret desire to be a singer. But we had a death in our family and folks were at the house, crying and hurting. I pulled out my guitar and started singing. Immediately I saw the affect it had on people-- -that I could help alleviate some of their sorrow just by singing songs-- -that’s when I knew what I wanted to do. A California native, who grew up a couple hours from the seminal Bakersfield music scene, Charlie was heavily influenced by the music of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam.