Jimmy Charles has all the requirements to “make it” in today’s competitive Country marketplace; an immediately-identifiable soulful voice, rugged good looks, a magnetic personality, and an empowered performance style. He’s made a national name for himself with compelling original material and toured the country opening for Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Josh Turner, Merle Haggard and more. The Ocean City, Maryland native headed to Nashville to pursue his music after graduating from Towson University. “I tried out for Nashville Star along with 40,000 other people and made it to the Top 50,” he notes. “Even though I didn’t win, that gave me the confidence to believe that I really could do this.” Jimmy would go on to earn a unanimous vote ticket to “Hollywood” as a Season 9 American Idol contestant – and prove once again that he has the talent to make it as an entertainer with the power to impact countless lives.
While the singer/songwriter found early success in 2014 with his first single, “Whatever It Takes,” it’s the power of “Superman” that solidified his place in the spotlight. Written for ZERO Cancer to promote prostate cancer awareness with friend and bandmate Goose Gossett (who also produced) and cancer survivor/mentor Phil Shulka, the song’s companion video premiered on CMT, trending in the #1 spot for over a week, with over 5,000 shares its first day on the site. The clip also aired on GAC, ZUUS (now known as The Country Network) and Heartland, instantly putting the newcomer front and center before hundreds of thousands of fans. Jimmy’s next release, “Bout Summertime” showcased his more adventurous and carefree side and landed him on the MusicRow Chart. His current single is the passionate “I Am Not Alone,” a song he co-wrote with C.J. Garton and Rich Fehle. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell (Rod Stewart, Bruno Mars, Al Green, John Mayer), the song’s compelling message of hope and strength offers Jimmy’s best vocal performance to date. “The song is getting enormous response from fans already, and it will be on my upcoming EP, TEN,” says the humble singer/songwriter. The project is due for November release and Jimmy believes it truly defines him as an artist. “I’m a guy who loves making music,” Jimmy states. “I want to share that love.” A national spokesman for ZERO Cancer since 2014, Jimmy was named Outstanding Young Tennessean (2017) for his work against the disease and is nominated for the Ten Outstanding Young Americans honor this year. He recently formed his own non-profit, #IAMNOTALONE, which focuses on the strength and well-being of all cancer survivors. “I’ve learned so much from these survivors and I want to continue to help them anyway that I can,” he says. “Their stories break my heart, but our journey together makes me whole.”