Charmin Dionne Greene is an American professional saxophonist from Waco, Texas.
Tell us a little about your business.
My business touches the heart, alters emotions and brings peace to the soul. I am a Musician, a Saxophonist to be exact. My parents told me stories of when my mom was pregnant with me. I’d be moving all over the place in her stomach. Nothing would ever soothe me, until one day they put on music, Smooth Jazz with a Saxophone lead. I immediately calmed down, and every time thereafter. You could say I was born to do this! My soulful sound, growing awareness and tenacity make for heartfelt performances every time! 93
What makes you different as a person and also what separates you from the rest of your peers in your industry
I remember the excitement for middle school. I’d finally get the opportunity to learn to play Saxophone. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as I had planned. The band director there would only let me play Clarinet. So I joined theater. My 7th grade year my parents switched schools. I recall walking into the Band Hall so excited! “Now I’d get to play Saxophone!” I thought. I introduced myself to the band director and told him I wanted to play Sax. His reply broke my heart. He said “No girl, less known a black girl, should play Saxophone.” Fortunately, this couldn’t break me. That unbreakable spirit continues with me through life’s journey. My name means “Triumphant Daughter of Heaven & Earth”. You don’t get that name without having to live up to the unusual challenges that come with life; domestic violence, single parenting, health problems, business failures, people appropriation and personal awareness. What makes me different is my choice to continue. Music has always helped me do so. While there are many others who have chosen this path, our unique perception and application separates us all. A motivational speaker once said, “like a simple blade of grass, that withers and can be mowed or trampled, is our life. That blade of grass, for its’ short time on this planet, is significant because of the oxygen it provides….How much more significant is your life. There is something that you are placed here to do…and only you can do it!” I am separated from most in the industry because of my combination of evolving sound and application of character, beauty and wisdom. 264
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I see myself using my established musical platform to inspire humanity. Music affords the inclusive opportunity of unification through diversity. There are so many causes that affect many in the world and me alike; Gender Equality, Cancer Awareness, Domestic Violence, Single Motherhood, Entrepreneurship, Mental Health and Spiritual Awareness to name a few. While the emotion behind all of these causes shape the music I create, it also reminds us that we share commonalities in life with the challenges we face.I’d be honored to share my experiences and resulting wisdom with hopes of adjusting the mentality concerning these issues. After all, the battleground of life is in the mind. 112
What legacy do you wish to leave behind?
I have always believed the biggest legacy anyone can leave behind is their children. They see when no one else sees. They hear when no one else hears. It is innate for them to emulate it all to the world. Like music has form, it has helped most times to bring form to our lives. Being aware of the standards, by which I choose to live, and applying them to life’s stage, constant development is inevitable. The legacy I want to leave behind is the evidence of character development to the point of wholeness. We all have something that we know deep down we should work on….the evidence of those parts of us being complete is everything! 118