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Nashville, TN  -- Singer/songwriter Jimmy Charlesdebut 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.”

 

TRACK LISTING

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.

 

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Event Raises Funds For New Nonprofit, #IAMNOTALONE
 
"A Good Time For A Great Cause"
 
 
Jimmy Charles  (Credit: Harmony Grace Photography)
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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.

 
All participants of the March will be filmed singing the chorus of Jimmy's "I Am Not Alone" for the upcoming companion video. The highly-acclaimed, award-winning firm of Saylors Brothers Entertainment, known for their work in television, film and music video formats (featured on/in MTV, BET, BBC, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, NY Times, Time Magazine and more), will shoot with drones and on-the-ground cameras.
 
All participants are asked to wear a t-shirt featuring the cancer organization of their choice OR a special #IAMNOTALONE t-shirt available for purchase HERE. Anyone who pre-orders a shirt can pick it up beginning at 3 p.m. in the Nissan Stadium Parking Lot "R." The lot has been reserved for the March and free parking is available from 3 p.m. to midnight on November 10. Filming will continue at the evening's performance, and attendees are asked to come and enjoy the great music, tasty food and have a good time for a great cause. "I'll be singing my new songs, as well as some fan favorites with my band," Jimmy notes. "That this all benefits #IAMNOTALONE is incredible, and I'd like to thank everyone who is marching, all of our helpers and all of our sponsors for their support."
 
Music is Jimmy's focus, but compassion and activism round out his world. A national ambassador and spokesman for ZERO Cancer since 2014, Jimmy is inspired by the cancer survivors he's met at the many Run/Walk events where he's performed, and by loved ones lost to the disease. "I've learned so much from them," he says. "Their stories might break my heart, but our journey together makes me whole."  The young singer/songwriter was named Outstanding Young Tennessean (2017). His music is available to radio via Play MPE and AirPlay Direct and fans can find "I Am Not Alone" on iTunes, Amazon and other popular e-tailers.
 
 
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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.
 
ABOUT #IAMNOTALONE
A 501(c)(3) national nonprofit that focuses on the cancer patient and their mental well-being, as well as finding a cure for the disease. The contract is a key part of the movement and involves the patient signing a contract with family and friends. This action creates a special moment between the survivor and their loved ones, allowing them to share their feelings, show their love and promise to always be there for each other.
 
 
 
 
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Sylvia's SECOND BLOOM - The Hits Re-Imagined

Set For June 8 Release

'80s Icon Blossoms With New Interpretations Of "Drifter," "Nobody," "Cry Just A Little Bit" & More

 
 

Nashville, TN (May 11, 2018) - Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist Of the Year, Grammy nominee and multi-million selling '80s icon Sylvia is set to release her newest CD, SECOND BLOOM - The Hits Re-Imagined, on Red Pony Records June 8. The album is available for pre-order now from iTunes and CD Baby.  Fans who order digitally will receive "Like Nothing Ever Happened" as an instant gratification track. Those who prefer a disc, will have their album autographed by Sylvia and receive an email containing instructions on how to obtain their "grat track" download. The project's first single, a reprise of Sylvia's signature Country/Pop smash, "Nobody," has just been released to radio and programmers can download the track HERE

SECOND BLOOM includes 10 all-new interpretations of her # 1 / Top 10 hits from the RCA years (1979 to 1987). The Indiana-born songstress became known for her unique "Prairie Music" sound, with hits like "Drifter" and "Tumbleweed," and crossed over to the Pop market with the unforgettable "Nobody," which sold an astounding two million copies, spent 52 weeks on the Billboard charts, and was named BMI's Song of the Year. Sylvia's new version of "Sweet Yesterday" brings her life experience to bare with an even more poignant and meditative take on the song. "Cry Just A Little Bit" is updated with strings and drums with an infectious shuffle feel, while "Fallin' In Love" takes a decidedly Bluegrass spin that swings joyfully along as Sylvia's voice and Andy Leftwich's fiddle take turns in the spotlight. The disc closes with "You Can't Go Back Home," a song that was not previously released as a single, but serves as an allegory for Sylvia's approach to recording SECOND BLOOM. The song metaphorically reflects her intention to not re-record the songs note-for-note but to give them a fresh rendering. Sylvia's interpretation of the song is subtle, reflective, and memorable. This is Sylvia at her most powerful.


 

Message from Sylvia



The synthesizer-laden, Country/Pop sound of the past is replaced throughout with a cleaner, more streamlined and organic approach. Tin whistles and strings are paired, fiddle and classical guitar meet - and in each joining they form a magical backdrop for Sylvia's clear and soulful vocals. While much of her formative music is defined by a certain era and genre, the songs themselves are bound only by the artist's imagination. And Sylvia has imagination to spare. She and longtime collaborator John Mock modernized instrumentation and voicing and, in some cases, departed dramatically from the original production values. Consistent, however, are the signature licks that fans will recognize and Sylvia's genuine reverence for these tunes that form her artistic lineage.

"My desire was to bring my music from the '80s into alignment with the music I'm creating today," she notes.  "I wanted to breathe new life into the songs as if I was recording them for the first time while still honoring their musical identity. I believe the spirit of the music is just as relevant today as it was when these songs first bloomed."

On SECOND BLOOM, Sylvia bridges the gap, bringing these hits to life in a new way while paying homage to the music that made her a star. This is an album that is by turns introspective and carefree, evocative and joyful. Longtime fans will remember why they fell in love with Sylvia's music, while new admirers will be captivated by the purity of her voice and musical convictions.

 TRACK LISTING

1) Drifter  (Archie Jordan, Don Pfrimmer)

2) Nobody  (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan)

3) Tumbleweed  (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan)

4) Fallin' In Love  (Randy Goodrum, Brent Maher)

5) Cry Just A Little Bit  (Bob Heatlie)

6) Sweet Yesterday  (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan)

7) Like Nothing Ever Happened  (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan)

8) Snapshot  (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan)

9) I Love You By Heart  (Jerry Gillespie, Stan Webb)

10) You Can't Go Back Home  (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan)

ABOUT SYLVIA

Born in Kokomo, Indiana, Sylvia sold over four million records and enjoyed a string of hits that earned her multiple honors and awards. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter began sharing new facets of her voice and artistic perspective through her work on her own record label, Red Pony Records in the 1990s.  In 2016, she released the critically-acclaimed IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY, her most personal album to date and the first on which she co-wrote most of the songs. She's shared the stage with George Strait, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, Dottie West, T.G. Sheppard, Janie Fricke, Bill Anderson, Hank Williams, Jr., and others. A certified life and career coach, she has been a board member of a non-profit serving those impacted by mental illness and substance abuse. She supports various charities, including Music City Animal Rescue, Park Center, and Crossroads Pets/Campus. Sylvia lives in Nashville, continues to tour and enjoys spending time with her Border Collie/Italian Greyhound mix, Cate. 

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Nashville, TN (October 9, 2017) - Singer/songwriter Rick Monroe invites fans to sing from their "Gypsy Soul," via a contest that launches today on Facebook.  Entrants have until November 13 to film their own version of Rick's signature tune, post the video to Monroe's Facebook page and then solicit "likes."  The entrant with the most "likes" wins the contest.  Contest rules are explained in a YouTube video; fans can get a free download of "Gypsy Soul" by texting "Rick" to 38470, or by clicking HERE.  Lyrics are available on Monroe's FB page and website.
 
The grand prize is a Monster-branded Schecter Electric Guitar, and additional prizes include Westone Audio UMPRO 30 in-ear monitors, a Rip Tide Ukulele from World Music Nashville, a custom Gypsy Soul ring from Speakeasy Original Jewelry, a box of Medium Acoustic Strings and t-shirt from GHS Strings, a Shubb Capo and t-shirt, and a Camo Soft cooler, hat, t-shirt and license plate from Banded.com.  The contest, presented in conjunction with Evok Advertising & Marketing, runs today through November 13, and winners will be announced on November 20.  "Gypsy Soul" is the title track of Rick's current EP, which can be purchased from iTunes
 
Rick toured heavily this year, entertaining fans with the sultry Billboard hit, "This Side of You," and other songs from GYPSY SOUL.  Monroe also revisited tunes from his previous project, IT'S A LOVE THING, including the previous Billboard hit "Great Minds Drink Alike."  Rick made time to participate in several charity events, including a July house build for the Murfreesboro, Tennessee chapter of Habitat For Humanity.  He also played in the annual Team Gamez golf tournament supporting The Boys and Girls Club, performed at a fundraiser for Folds Of Honor during The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, and participated in the Hike for the Homeless, benefitting Safe Haven Family Shelter, Middle Tennessee's only shelter-to-housing program for families.
Rick Monroe  Hat Pic by photographer Hilary Romain Sept 2017 About Rick Monroe
With a down-to-earth Country resonance, Monroe is no stranger to the stage: he's performed in 17 countries - and every U.S. state except for Oregon.  The seven-time Jägermeister Country Brand Ambassador opened for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Lewis, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Patty Loveless, Trick Pony, Emerson Drive, Pat Green, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson and more; entertained former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and U.S. troops in Vietnam.  This year he traveled over 100,000 miles and played over 160 shows.  Rick enjoys sponsorships and/or endorsements with Monster Energy Drink, Banded Brand (Clothing and Water Fowl Gear), GHS Strings, Framus Guitars, Westone Audio, Shubb Capos, Speakeasy Jewelry and Fishman Audio.
 
 
 
 
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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.

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