Ocean City Today

Jimmy Charles to perform holiday concert in resort

By Taylor Sloan | Dec 21, 2017

(Dec. 22, 2017) Jimmy Charles, an Eastern Shore native, Stephen Decatur High School graduate, Nashville Star Top 50 and former American Idol Season 9 contestant, will return to the area for another “Home for the Holidays” concert, this year at Dry Dock on 28th Street, Friday, Dec. 22.

This year’s concert from 5-9 p.m. will benefit St. Mary Star of the Sea and Holy Savior Parish food pantry and assistance program.

“[Pastor Stanislao Esposito] called me up and said they needed help this year,” Charles said.

St. Mary Star of the Sea at 208 S. Baltimore Avenue and Holy Savior Parish on 17th Street in Ocean City, are important to Charles.

“St. Mary Star of the Sea is where my parents were married,” Charles said. “I also went to Catholic religion school at Holy Savior.”

Several area restaurants and businesses including Sunset Grille, Micky Fins and A Perfect Face Day Spa donated items to be auctioned off during the event.

Charles will be singing Christmas carols and his new song, “Broke for Christmas.” He will also be joined by the “Blind Wind” duo that includes Frankie Moran and his son, Cole, who has been blind since birth.

“It’s pretty awesome to watch [Cole],” Charles said. “The kid’s really great on the harmonica.”

There is no cost to attend the concert, but guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the parish pantry. Cash donations and grocery gift cards will also be accepted.

Charles performed a “Home for the Holidays” concert at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club in 2015 and last year in Salisbury at Hopper’s Tap House. Both benefitted Coastal Hospice, which Charles’ grandmother received services from.

Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.

Philanthropy is a lifestyle for Charles as he spends time advocating for Zero Cancer, an organization that raises prostate cancer awareness. Charles travels throughout the year to 12 different cities for annual run events.

“Baltimore is the biggest event that raises the most,” Charles said.

His song “Superman” is about a man battling cancer.

“A lot of men don’t tell anyone they’re battling prostate cancer because they feel like they have to deal with it alone,” Charles said. “Superman is about that, and it’s to help raise awareness because it’s something that’s not normally talked about.”

Charles also spends time raising money for the Virgin Islands. His song “Bout Summertime” music video was filmed in St. Thomas during a benefit concert for the people there.

In addition, he has worked with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Survivorville, Children’s Miracle Network and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Charles is excited and looking forward to this year’s “Home for the Holidays” concert and said he can’t wait to smell the salt air again. He will be selling CDs and signing copies during the event.

For more on Charles, who has opened for some of the biggest names in country music including Merle Haggard, Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry and Kacey Musgraves, visit www.JimmyCharlesMusic.com. He was also nominated by both Tennessee and Maryland for the “Ten Outstanding Young American” awards and voted “Outstanding Young Tennessean” for 2017.

Find him on Facebook and follow his social media handles, Twitter @jimmycharles92 and Instagram @jimmycharlesmusic.


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