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.
Stay social with Jimmy:
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.
Nashville, TN (November 6, 2018) - Singer/songwriter and philanthropist Jimmy Charles will lead a Cancer Survivors' March on Saturday, November 10, crossing the Cumberland River via Nashville's Pedestrian Bridge at 4 p.m. and on to The Anchor Fellowship (629 3rd Ave. South) for a pre-release album celebration for HARD WAY TO GO from 6 - 10 p.m. A fundraiser for the artist's new charity #IAMNOTALONE, the March is free and open to all cancer survivors and their supporters; admittance to the cocktail reception and Charles' performance at The Anchor requires a $50 donation per person.
RICK MONROE GEARS UP FOR FRIDAY RELEASE OF GYPSY SOUL EP
Appears On WSM-AM, Plus Premieres On One Country & The Boot To Promote Much-Anticipated Project
Nashville, TN (May 8, 2017) -- Singer/songwriter Rick Monroe has been hard at work for the last several months promoting the May 12 release of his new EP, GYPSY SOUL. Now, with the clock ticking to Friday's official release, Monroe is doubling down. One Country will premiere the disc's title track today, and fans can listen live tomorrow, May 9, when Rick visits with Devon O'Day at 5:15 p.m. CT on WSM-AM's "Nashville Today" show. On Wednesday, The Boot will premiere "Rage On," the Outlaw/Southern Gospel sensation from the six-track EP; The Alternate Root will feature the gritty number in their Top 10 Songs of the Week on Saturday. Sean Giovanni (John Rich, Clint Black, Big & Rich) produced five tracks for the project, while renowned engineer/producer JD Shuff (Collin Raye, CeCe Wynans) helmed one. GYPSY SOUL can pre-ordered now at iTunes.
Early reviewers are saying:
"Really enjoying this EP. Fine original Country with some great perceptive lyrics."
- David Allan, Country Music People Magazine
"A great introduction to Monroe's skills as a singer and songwriter. It's a journey that visits just about every facet of his musical soul, and with sumptuous results."
- Greg Victor, ParcBench
"The face of tomorrow's Country. Well done." - Midwest Record Recap
The EP's groove-based first single, "This Side Of You," is already resonating with radio and listeners alike. The track is currently sitting at #52 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart, and holds the #60 position on the BILLBOARD Indicator Chart. Fans can enjoy the track on Spotify.
Rick's live shows are also garnering attention, and promoters are applauding his talents:
"WOW! People were talking about this for weeks after his performance. Not an empty seat in the house. Oh, did I mention, he was up against Miranda Lambert who was in concert down the road?"
- HonkyTonk Saloon / Ladson, SC
"Rick Monroe put on an awesome show; he had the crowd rocking from the first song till the last."
- Ben Owenby, Owner of Johnny and June's / Winston-Salem, NC
"Rick is a favorite at the Mad Boar. A class act, one of the best we have ever had, can't say enough about him as an artist and a person."
- Julius L. Wilson, Director of Hospitality / Mad Boar and River Landing / Wallace, NC
In addition to performances and appearances at CMA Music Festival 2017, Rick's upcoming shows include:
MAY 8 - Nashville, TN - Blue Bar
MAY 12 - Savannah, GA - Saddle Bags
MAY 13 - Augusta, GA - Coyotes Nightclub
MAY 16 - Murrells Inlet, SC - The Little Original Beaver Bar
MAY 17 - Murrells Inlet, SC - The Little Original Beaver Bar
MAY 19 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC - Pirate's Cove Lounge
MAY 20 - Wallace, NC - The Mad Boar
MAY 26 - Rock Island, IL - RIDRS
MAY 27 - Wisconsin Dells, WI - Edge O Dells Resort
MAY 29 - Madison, WI - The World's Largest Brat Fest with Joe Diffie
JUNE 2 - Shawnee, OK - Brickhouse Saloon
JUNE 3 - Oak Creek, WI - Bootz Saloon & Grill
JUNE 9 - Madison, WI - Red Rock Saloon
JUNE 10 - Nashville, TN - CMA Music Festival - Budweiser Forever Country Stage
JUNE 10 - Nashville, TN - CMA Music Festival - Roper Booth
JUNE 16 - Alamosa, CO - San Luis Valley Brewing Company
JUNE 23 - Shelbyville, IN - Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
JUNE 24 - Roanoke, VA - Sidewinders
JUNE 25 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival
ABOUT Rick Monroe
Born in Clearwater, Florida, Rick grew up in California, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, and England. His outgoing personality and love of music naturally drew him to the stage - and he's never looked back. Rick's previous EP, IT'S A LOVE THING, includes his third Billboard hit "Great Minds Drink Alike." The "Great Minds" music video has logged over 300,000 views to date on YouTube, and helped boost Monroe's already impressive fan base. The seven-time Jagermeister Country Brand Ambassadorhas opened for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Lewis, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson and more. Rick entertained former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and U.S. troops in Vietnam. In 2016, he traveled over 100,000 miles and performed over 120 shows. Rick enjoys sponsorships and/or endorsements with Monster Energy Drink, Banded Brand (Clothing and Water Fowl Gear), Framus Guitars, Speakeasy Original (custom jewelry), CRKT Knives,GHS Strings, Shubb Capos, Westone (In Ear Monitors) and Fishman Audio.