OC Native Charles To Open For Country Legend

OC Native Charles To Open For Country Legend
Jimmy Charles

BERLIN – An Ocean City native will return to the area this week to open for country singer Travis Tritt.

On Friday, May 10, country singer and resort native Jimmy Charles will share the stage at Ocean Downs Casino with headliner Travis Tritt and special guests Scooter Brown Band.

Charles, whose hits include “Whatever It Takes” and “Superman,” said he will be joined onstage by fiddle player Marie McGlone and djembe drum player Brian McKenna. His performance will feature cover tunes and original songs, including those from his new album “Hard Way to Go.”

“It’s exciting to get to see my hometown, to walk out on stage before a country legend and feel that hometown love,” he said.

Charles – an alumnus of Stephen Decatur High School – moved to Nashville to pursue a music career shortly after graduating from Towson University. In addition to being a season nine contestant on “American Idol” and a top 50 finalist on the show “Nashville Star,” he has opened for country artists Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Turner. He will also be opening for country singer Joe Nichols in September.

Charles shared his excitement for sharing the stage with another country legend on Friday. He said he would often cover many of Tritt’s songs, including “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” and “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” at the start of his music career.

“It’s really cool to take the stage with someone you’ve idolized and someone you’ve looked up to as a country artist,” he said.

Charles will kick off the outdoor concert shortly after the doors open at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are on sale for $45 and VIP tickets are on sale for $60. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

“I’m really excited to see everybody,” he said. “So get your tickets and get there early.”

Charles said he and his band will also return to Maryland and Delaware for Memorial Day weekend. They will perform May 24 at Cancun Cantina in Hanover, May 25 at Trader Lee’s Live Music Venue in West Ocean City, May 26 at Castaways RV Resort and Campground in West Ocean City and May 27 at Hammerheads Dockside in Rehoboth Beach.

“We want to make people aware the full five-piece band from Nashville will be in for Memorial Day weekend,” he said. “It will be a fun run.”

In addition to his singing career, Charles is the spokesman for Zero Cancer, a national nonprofit with a mission to end prostate cancer, and the president of I Am Not Alone, a nonprofit that works alongside organizations like Zero Cancer and the American Cancer Society to support men and women in their battle against cancer. He said his songs “Superman” and “We Are Warriors” are used to bring hope and strength to those with a cancer diagnosis.

It is through these efforts that Charles was recently nominated for the 2019 Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) Award in the category of Humanitarian and Volunteer Leadership.

“For the last five years, a big part of what I do is singing to survivors and bringing hope and spreading awareness for early detection,” he said. “I was very honored to be the nominee for Maryland.”

Charles said this will be the second year he has been one of 48 nominees from across the country.

“Former presidents, war heroes, first responders and even Elvis Presley have won this award,” he said. “It’s about doing good in the world, and I’m hoping I can bring that trophy home for Maryland.”

For more information on Charles, visit the Jimmy Charles Music Facebook page or jimmycharlesmusic.com.

About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.