A native of Awendaw, South Carolina, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. In 2008 Charlton co-founded and served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; an 18-piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. He remained in this position until 2018. Singleton is also the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, South Carolina. In November of 2016 he was named the inaugural Artist in Residence at the recently renovated Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston.
As a performer, Singleton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He is a member of a new ensemble called Ranky Tanky, a quintet that interprets the sounds of Gullah from the Southeast Coast of the United States. In addition to performing, he is also a speaker, composer, and arranger.