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,
"Hard Way to Go", 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.”