This vocalist should not be confused with the earlier black singer Charles Holland, whose aspirations to become a great classical lyric tenor were thwarted by the type of people who don bedsheets for their evening meetings. Gospel singer Charles Holland has been active since the '70s, no doubt having his own share of unpleasant experiences touring the United States as a member of various vocal outfits. But none of that prevented him from singing along with good ol' boy Elvin Bishop in the late '70s, apparently finding common ground in subjects such as "Fishin'," "Stealin' Watermelons," and "Sugar Dumpling."
It all sounds like the makings of an extensive picnic, but the subjects Holland usually gives voice to deal not with earthly pleasures. Gospel fans seem to be impressed with the job he has done since enlisting in the Gospel Hummingbirds group as this outfit cruised to the end of its third decade in the business and began a combination of plans and prayers for the fourth. Joe Thomas Sr. initiated this particular ensemble dynasty in the early '60s; Holland showed up in the late '90s as part of a superb lead vocal combination with Clarence Nichols. Fellow bandmember John Jubu Smith is also associated with pop groups such as Boyz II Men.