• Highway in the Sun
  • Moloka'i Sweet Home
  • Lost Again
  • Sunflower
  • North Shore Road
  • Life's Different Now
  • Kona Breeze
  • Kauanoeanuhea
  • Forest
  • Moonlight Lady
  • Honolulu City Lights





“The sound of acoustic and classical guitars has been a life-long obsession of mine. There are magical moments when all the right components come together – a beautiful acoustic guitar, a great guitarist, the right room.”

Producer, composer and touring artist Brotman grew up on Mercer Island, Washington. As a child he studied violin at the Cornish School of the Arts, picked up a guitar at age 12 and performed with various bands throughout Washington State during his teens. His formal education was at the  Cornish College of the Arts and The Evergreen State College followed by an M.A. in music from the University of Hawaii Manoa. He taught classical guitar in the UH music department for nine years and left teaching to compose and produce full time at Pacific Music Productions, a commercial studio he opened in Honolulu in the mid 1980s. In 1990 Brotman moved to the Big Island with his family, in ’97 he co-founded Palm Records with his sister and built Lava Tracks Recording Studio. He currently performs and tours with Kohala and composes and produces out Lava Tracks in Kamuela, Hawaii. Charles is also president of The Hawaii Songwriting Festival, a non-profit festival held annually on Hawaii Island.

Charles won a producer award for the 2005 inaugural GRAMMY category, Best Hawaiian Music CD.(“Slack Key Guitar Vol 2″, Palm Records).  He produced the 2006 GRAMMY award nominee, “Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim” and the 2014 GRAMMY award nominee, Kahulanui for “Hula Ku’i”.

“The instrumentals establish Brotman as a skilled guitarist as well as a perceptive composer. …a classy production through and through…” Honolulu Advertiser
“For simply beautiful guitar instrumentals, look no farther…” Islands Magazine
“Brotman is certain to have a bright future in contemporary jazz.” Contemporary Jazz Review
“A best bet for any situation that calls for soothing romantic music. Call this exquisite!” The Honolulu Star Bulletin
“A new ethereal beauty with quiet uncluttered arrangements…The beauty and charms that constitute Hawaii” Honolulu Advertiser


GRAMMY Award 2005: Producer, Slack Key Guitar Volume 2, Various Artists (Palm Records)
Na Hoku Hanohano Award 2005: Producer, Hula! Big Island Style (Palm Records)
Hawaii Music Awards 2005: Producer of the Year
Hawaii Music Awards: Best New Age Album, Cool Breeze, Kohala (Palm Records)
Na Hoku Hanohano Award: Producer, Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Contest Winners 3
Na Hoku Hanohano Award Finalist: Slack Key Guitar; Lullaby; Mango Cooler; Pacific Rendezvous; Slack Key Guitar Volume 2; Flying; Cool Breeze

#1 on the Billboard World Music Chart; “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2″
#1 on the Billboard New Age Music Chart; “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2″

Film and TV syncs (partial):

The Descendants / Hawaii 5-O / Chicago Med