Kharlie M

Hear older releases at Kharlie’s Bandcamp page.

Kharlie M (with a silent h) is the stage name of Charlie Petitt, a folk singer-songwriter from Janesville, Wisconsin. Described as a “folk crooner,” Kharlie lends his clear but mellow voice to a variety of genres, including folk, country, light rock, and even children’s songs. Some of his original songs are bluegrass-inspired, while others have a splash of jazz or take on a classical spin. His repertoire includes songs about life and love, hymns and gospel songs, and a few silly songs.

Kharlie performs regularly at the Open Mic Night held twice monthly at Mocha Moment, a coffeehouse on Janesville’s south side. He also plays and sings once a month at Rock Haven nursing home with a church group.


What’s New

20 June 2016

Kharlie M played on Saturday (18 June) at the 1st annual WADR Block Party at the Lower Courthouse Park in Janesville, Wisconsin. WADR (103.5 FM) is Janesville Community Radio, a low-power FM broadcast station. Kharlie’s song, “Minnesota Highway,” has been played on a program called “In the Stratosphere” with Derek Schyvinck. The show airs on Thursdays at 9 pm and features a variety of local artists. Several local bands/artists performed at this event:

19 December 2015

I just discovered some sheet music in an old manila folder. It’s a Christmas carol I wrote back in 1987! I have made it available here for download:

PDF format, 1.68 MB
JPG image format, 2.35 MB (2550 × 3274 pixels)

24 November 2015

Kharlie just released his first new song on Bandcamp since assuming the name Kharlie M in October of 2014. It’s a fun little ditty called “The Child in You.” The lyrics represent the true heart of Kharlie M. The arrangement is upbeat, featuring a baritone ukulele, a concert ukulele tuned like a tenor guitar, and a virtual bass.

Kharlie’s older music remains on Bandcamp for you to enjoy as well.

2 November 2015

This site has been redesigned and given a face lift; it is also now mobile-friendly. I have a new YouTube channel which is linked above (red and white arrow thingy). I have updated the Upcoming Releases page and tweaked a few other pages a bit. Eight new photos appear in the Gallery.

At long last, I have music videos! Three new ones were uploaded to YouTube in October of 2015. Find them at my YouTube channel. ~ Kharlie


Recent Shows

The Pancake Riot CD release party (26 September 2015) went off well. Kharlie M opened with a few songs on the baritone ukulele, then The Apollo Affair played a set. Pancake Riot sounded great as usual; quite a few people bought their CD. Check them out at their Bandcamp page.

Ken Wagman hosted the Fall Clear Lake Jam near Milton, WI (10 October 2015), and a great time was had by all. It was an open-air jam in gorgeous weather. The sunset was spectacular! Performers included Kharlie M, The Fur Trade, David Lawrence, The Apollo Affair, Rob Allen and Jennifer Ruse, and Pancake Riot; Ken Wagman played a little too. There were even colored lights and a fog machine!

The Dunkin Fall Festival (28 October 2015) at Dunkin’ Donuts (2121 Milton Ave, Janesville, WI) was a fun show. Kharlie M kicked it off with a set of 11 songs, using three different instruments as accompaniment. After him was Clouds As Mountains (Jeff Robichaud). Victoria Pearl and Mackenzie Benish finished the evening; they did some songs together and some individually.

Upcoming Shows

Nothing at present; check back often. You may be pleasantly surprised!


You can play full-length audio tracks from both Umm… and Wedding Day in the Music section.

The newest section on the site, called More, so far just includes the Kharlie M Special cappuccino recipe. There may be more additions to come.

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