I have been listening to the new EP from Jimmy Charles for more than two weeks now. I meant to tell you all about it sooner. It will be released on Dec. 7, and is available for pre-order now. There’s a reason I didn’t get this done before now. A lot of reasons really. If any of you live in the kind of world I live in, you don’t stop moving between Nov. 15 and Jan. 2. The holiday season has begun … and, life is full of parades, parties, concerts, church activities, Thanksgiving, visits from family, Christmas shopping, decorating, addressing cards, shipping packages; and when life really decides to toss that proverbial monkey wrench into the mix, you can add illness, computer problems and even a power outage, and you are just about ready to start waving your white flag.
That is pretty much how my past two weeks have gone. And, all the while, I was listening to music. Because that’s what I do. In its place in the rotation in my CD player was Jimmy Charles, “Hard Way To Go”. I think it was late last night when I finally stared right at my CD player and thought, this is a great CD. There’s a message in here, and I just wasn’t listening.
I knew the music was good. And, I always listen to lyrics. I love songs that tell a story, and every one of these songs does just that. But, these songs are so much more. Jimmy is sharing his life experiences with us. Sharing where he’s been, where he’s headed, and what he’s been through.
From a country/rock sounding “Blue Spaces” to a beautifully written, beautifully sung, “She’s Where I Belong”, right into “Rollin’ On”, each song carries its own message. “Rollin’ On” can be a strength song for anyone. I’m sure Jimmy wrote it about his personal journey, doing shows where he could get them, writing music, working on his career…but, it doesn’t matter what your journey is. It doesn’t matter what your struggles are. You have to keep rollin’ on.
The press I received with the advanced copy of the EP said, “Superman,” written specifically for ZERO Cancer, is a perennial fan favorite due to both Jimmy’s performances and his work as the organization’s national spokesperson since 2014.
All of the songs are great, memorable, the kind you want to listen to over and over again. The ballads are beautiful, the stories are moving, the mid-tempo and fast songs will make you smile, and every one of them will make you think. This is one of those albums that will make you want to shake Jimmy’s hand, and say, “Well done!”.
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)
Jimmy wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs with partners 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” on iTunes, Amazon and other popular e-tailers.
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If there is one song on this 7-track CD that sends a strong message of hope that would his current single, “I Am Not Alone”. Everything you could hope to find in an album is in this one. There is country music, a touch of rock music, a few ballads, great melodies and awesome lyrics, songs you will want to sit quietly and listen to, songs that will make you want to sing along, and a few that might even make you want to dance. All that and a powerful message of love, hope and strength.
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.http://www.countryschatter.com/2018/11/jimmy-charles-shares-a-message-of-hope-and-strength-in-new-ep-hard-way-to-go/New ReleasesReviewB. DiLuigi,Blue spaces,C.J. Garton,G. Gossett,Hard Way to go,Jimmy Charlesl,K. Bergsnes,L. wilbanks,M. Bolllea Rowe,M. Peirce,R. Fehle,t. Castellano,Twitter