From Rowdy To Sentimental, Tender To Towering, Disc Available
For Pre-Order Now
Nashville, TN -- Singer/songwriter Jimmy Charles’ debut EP, HARD WAY TO GO, is set for December 7 release. Charles wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs withpartners whose credits range from cuts by Country legends (Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis) to young guns (Chris Cagle, Hunter Hayes, Eli Young Band). The disc includes the previously-released “Superman” and his current single, “I Am Not Alone.” His music is available to radio via Play MPE and AirPlay Direct and music lovers can find “I Am Not Alone” now on iTunes, Amazon and other popular e-tailers.
Fans eager to hear more will thrill to this seven-song outing.Six of the tracks were helmed by respected producer Paul David (CeCe Winans, Andre Crouch, Jonny Lang) and recorded at Ocean Way studio in Nashville with some of Music City’s hottest pickers. “I Am Not Alone” was produced by Grammy Award-winner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell (Rod Stewart, Al Green, John Mayer) and recorded at the famous Royal Studios Memphis.
From rowdy to sweetly sentimental, from tender to towering, Jimmy’s latest music shows why his popularity has grown from year to year and from show to show.
HARD WAY TO GO kicks off with shredding guitars and a pounding bass and drum line set the stage for a rocking ode to paradise on “Blue Spaces.” The tempo and feel change dramatically with Jimmy’s emotive vocal and the tender “home is where the heart is” message of “She’s Where I Belong.” Charles fires it up to tell of the challenges he’s faced while chasing his dream with “Rollin’ On,” a new Southern Rock classic ala Lynyrd Skynyrd that highlights edgy guitar riffs and a vamping chorus. Tasteful acoustic guitar, mandolin and Jimmy’s raw vocal vulnerability shine through on the whisper-soft “God And A Woman,” which conveys the amazing grace found in both love and faith. The tune is a perfect segue to “Superman,” which was written specifically for ZERO Cancer, a support organization. A perennial fan favorite due to Jimmy’s powerful performance and his work as the organization’s national spokesman, the production perfectly mirrors the dramatic highs and lows found in the fight against cancer.
“I Am Not Alone” is another purpose-written song about battling this disease. An anthem-like rendering, it shows Jimmy’s dedication to cancer awareness, prevention, and aid. The EP closes with the title track, “Hard Way To Go,” a song that takes the Maryland native to a “different place” every time he sings it. “This is raw and true and deep,” he says. “It’s about addiction; about not giving up.” The track opens with an echoing, acoustic guitar and the lyric is stark. The vocal is a triumph; need, hopelessness, faith, and forgiveness are all conveyed here, and it is a poignant close to this project.
“If my music helps just one person get through their hard times, then I’ll be happy,” Jimmy says. “People face struggles in this life, and I hope they know they’re not alone. People do want to reach out and give back.”
Giving back is something Jimmy has been doing since joining Zero Cancer as a spokesman in 2014, and he expanded his outreach with the formation this year of his own nonprofit, #IAMNOTALONE. The EP is the culmination of two years of writing and honing his craft and Jimmy is excited to share it with the world. “I’ve come a long way since American Idol and Nashville Star,” says the laid-back vocalist. “I had a blast making this record and I hope everyone who hears it takes something positive away from it. That’s part of my message – and I want to share it.”
1) Blue Spaces (J. Charles, L. Wilbanks, B. DiLuigi)
2) She’s Where I Belong (J. Charles, M. Bollea Rowe, T. Castellano)
3) Rollin’ On (J. Charles, K. Bergsnes)
4) God and a Woman (J. Charles, C.J. Garton)
5) Superman (J. Charles, G. Gossett)
6) I Am Not Alone (J. Charles, C.J. Garton, R. Fehle)
7) Hard Way to Go (K. Bergsnes, M. Peirce)
All downloads of the “I Am Not Alone” single, and a portion of the album sales, will go to #IAMNOTALONE. To donate directly to the nonprofit, click HERE.
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ABOUT JIMMY CHARLES
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 since launching his music career in 2014. A Season 9 American Idol “Hollywood ticket” participant, he placed in the Top 50 of Nashville Star in 2013. The singer/songwriter found early success with his first single, “Whatever It Takes,” and the power of his second release, “Superman” solidified his place in the spotlight. The single’s companion video premiered on CMT, trending in the #1 spot for over a week, generating over 5,000 shares its first day on the site. His third single, “Bout Summertime” showcased his more adventurous and carefree side, landed him on the MusicRow Chart and set the stage for “I Am Not Alone.” A native of Ocean City, Maryland, Jimmy graduated from Towson University. He played football and baseball, loves to fish, work out, play golf, and spend time at the beach. When he’s not on the road touring, he enjoys playing with his bulldog Hank.
42k+ Sign Care2 Petition Calling for PetSmart Grooming to Close
After Numerous Dogs Die in Its Care
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Four dogs have died in the company’s care in just five months
NEW JERSEY -- A corgi who died in a New Jersey PetSmart’s grooming care last week has become the
fourth pet to die in the company’s care nationwide this year. A Care2 petition demanding PetSmart shut
down its grooming care until an investigation into root causes is completed and changes have been made
has gathered over 42,000 signatures.
VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: http://www.care2.com/go/z/PetSmart2
An 8-year-old corgi named Abby became the latest PetSmart grooming casualty. Owner Chuck Crawford
said he dropped off his two dogs at a PetSmart grooming center in Tom’s River, New Jersey, only to
receive a 20-second “crude” phone call telling him to pick up Abby’s body.
In late December in Flemington, Danielle DiNapoli’s bulldog Scruffles died while in the company’s
grooming care, too. PetSmart said an internal investigation found the groomers involved followed "all
policies and procedures,” but the dog’s family was unable to speak to the groomer involved, and
PetSmart refused to write a written report summarizing the investigation.
A Care2 petition demanding PetSmart investigate and release a public report concerning the death
gathered over 91,000 signatures.
PetSmart told TODAY that the animal deaths were separate and unrelated, and it has formed a task force
to evaluate its grooming procedures.
“After Scruffles the bulldog died, the outrage caused PetSmart to launch a comprehensive review to
change the way they do grooming,” said Care2 petition author Kelsey Bourgeois. “But obviously pets are
still getting hurt and dying in the meantime. This is why we need to insist PetSmart halts it grooming
programs in all stores until root causes are identified and changes have been implemented.”
A third Care2 petition is calling for a national “Scruffles’ Law” to be implemented, which would allow pet
owners to due for damages. All together, the three Care2 petitions have gathered over 150,000
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together, starting petitions and sharing stories that inspire action. People, nonprofits and mission-based
brands are making world-changing impact with Care2, helping individuals, animals and the environment.
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DES MOINES, IA – The Drake University community met its new live bulldog mascot on Thursday. Griff, a retired show dog, is ready for the limelight as the University’s furry ambassador for athletics events, student celebrations, and community festivities. (Follow him on Twitter: @DrakeUGriff)
Drake University President Marty Martin, Student Body President Kevin Maisto, Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb, and Live Mascot Director Erin Bell introduced Griff to a large crowd of Drake students, faculty, and staff members during a campus celebration in Drake’s Helmick Commons.
“Our new live mascot will embody the virtues of a Bulldog, unite our campus community, and inspire new levels of school spirit,” President Martin said. “He is a great addition to our family."
Drake officials announced in April that the University would begin its search for a new live mascot to walk in the pawprints of Porterhouse, a 2009 Beautiful Bulldog Contest winner who served as Drake’s official live mascot until he passed away in December 2013.
After months of searching, Bell—who owned Porterhouse along with her husband, Kevin—locked eyes with Griff. Immediately they knew he had the right combination of looks, charm, confidence, and kindness to represent the university.
“It was love at first sight,” Bell said. “He loves people and can’t get enough attention. He’s a sweet and gentle guy—all the stars aligned when we saw him."
Bell shuttled Griff into Thursday’s celebration in a custom-designed car donated for the live mascot by Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines; a stylish flourish that complements the personality of a dog that cherishes the spotlight. Griff was born in Canada and moved to Iowa when he was 3 months old. He wowed the competition on the American Kennel Club dog show circuit under the supervision of his former owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, before recently retiring from competition. Now, at age 3, he still loves the spotlight—and he has plenty of it ahead.
A committee of representatives from across the Drake campus selected the name Griff in honor of John L. Griffith, who served as the university’s athletic director from 1908 to 1918. Among Griffith’s contributions to the university: He organized a track-and-field meet in 1910, in a blizzard, that became the first-ever Drake Relays. Today the meet is one of the nation’s pre-eminent high school, collegiate, and elite meets, and draws leading athletes from around the world.
But another of Griffith’s legacies is even more central to Drake’s identity and reputation. When Griffith arrived at Drake, the sports teams were known as “The Drakes.” Griffith, who coached football and track, owned two English bulldogs and brought them with him to football practices and games. The bulldogs were so popular among students and fans that a writer from The Des Moines Register began referring to Drake as the Bulldogs, and the name stuck.
“You could safely say that without John L. Griffith, we would not be the Bulldogs,” said Clubb. "A century later, we know that the bulldog is the perfect mascot for Drake University—it might be small, but it’s fearless, and it’s perfectly aligned with the personality of this institution. That’s why we’re so excited to have named the mascot Griff."
Just as John L. Griffith showed Drake University its true identity— and the late live mascot Porterhouse showed the campus a new level of unity and school spirit— Griff is ready to show Drake what he’s made of, said Maisto, the student body president.
"If you met Porterhouse, you know the impact that a live mascot can have on school spirit,” said Maisto. "I remember how the crowds in the Knapp Center cheered when Porterhouse stepped onto the court. When he was on campus, students crowded around him like a celebrity—or a presidential candidate. Porterhouse radiated that pride, excitement, loyalty, and kindness that unites all Bulldogs. I know that Griff will bring that same excitement to campus."
Photo of Griff courtesy of Drake University
|Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling more than 3,300 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students from 40 states and approximately 40 countries. Students choose from over 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools. Drake students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the wealth of cultural, recreational, and business opportunities found in Iowa's capital city. In return, Drake enriches the city through its own cultural offerings, considerable economic impact, and many service-learning endeavors, which channel the talent and energy of the Drake students toward meeting the needs of the community.|
Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios present a G rated, 101 minute, animation, 3D, adventure, comedy directed by Carlos Saldanha, written by saldanha and Don Rhymer with a theater release on April 11, 2014.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a 131 minute, PG-13, 3D, action, adventure, sci-fi, directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham with a theater release of July 12, 2013.
Hallmark Channel Original Series Premiere
Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C)
He skateboards! He surfs! He snowboards! And he’s…a dog? Yes! But not just any dog, of course. We’re talking about the one and only Tillman the Skateboarding Dog - known as the most popular dog in the United States - who rolls onto the Hallmark Channel in the new original series “Who Let the Dogs Out,” premiering Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C). “Who Let The Dogs Out” is the story of a very special, hugely adventurous bulldog named Tillman who has a taste for outdoor recreation. The Hallmark Channel Original Series chronicles Tillman and his owner Ron as they travel the nation in search of the most spectacular, high-flying canines, while running into some celebrity guests along the way, including Betty White, Florence Henderson, Gary Sinise and many more.
Named after the great U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman, Tillman the dog is described by Ron as less a bulldog and more “a ballerina, in the shape of a pot roast.” Tillman learned skateboarding because Ron’s other pooch, a Rottweiler, had a thing for small wheeled contraptions, pushing them around, but never actually riding them. However, when Tillman saw the skateboard, it was love at first ride. Ron picked up Tillman his very own board, and the rest is history. Now, man and dog have hit the road with their skateboards looking for a little decent opposition. In “Who Let the Dogs Out,” they recruit a colorful cast of the most talented hounds in America in hopes of selecting a single lucky mutt to wear the title of the country’s “Most Talented Dog.” The doggie cast travels all over the nation to meet some of the most amazing pooches who are not only talented, but also supply service to the disabled, law enforcement and military. These aren’t mere dogs, but true American heroes. At the center of it all is Tillman, whose talents on small boards will astound you. There is simply no fear in this dog when it comes to land, snow or water. Hop on and come along for the ride!
Beefy the Bulldog, a skateboarding English Bulldog has joined forces with B4BC (Boarding for Breast Cancer), to help the organization promote early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. Beefy the Bulldog will skateboard at B4BC events, Music festivals, Pet Expos and skate parks in major cities across the US to raise money for breast cancer awareness, especially amongst girls in their teens and 20's.
The cause is dear to Beefy’s heart. Beefy's Mom, Erin, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 25, and they have worked together to raise close to $20,000 for breast cancer causes. Beefy wants to put his popularity to use by creating fun family events around the country to encourage the nation to 'Be Healthy. Get Active. Skate!'
Beefy’s goal is raise $10,000 to begin a nationwide tour to promote early detection and educate women in their teens and 20s about breast cancer. Beefy's journey will be created into a documentary to share with all of his fans and increase breast cancer awareness. For more information about Beefy or how you can get involved, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/Beefy-Skates-The-Nation.
About Beefy the Bulldog
Beefy is a five year old English Bulldog who spreads laughter and smiles on the streets of New York City daily as he skateboards by. He has been skateboarding since he was 4 months old. He was recently featured on the hit summer reality show "Dogs in the City" on CBS, and his cute face has been used for Jimmy Choo and Clarks Shoes ads. Beefy is sponsored by Blue Sky Longboard. Follow Beefy’s adventures on is Facebook Page, “Beefy the Bulldog”. http://beefythebulldog.com/
B4BC (Boarding for Breast Cancer) is a 501(c)(3) youth-focused non-profit foundation that advocates early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. Since 1996, B4BC has been dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs rooted in board sports culture, including To learn more about B4BC, visit www.B4BC.org.