(June 25, 2021) Country music recording artist, singer/songwriter, and Ocean City native Jimmy Charles, along with his band, will perform “A Night of Hope” Benefit Concert for the ALS Association on Thursday, July 1, at Southern Belle in Delmar, Maryland, from 6-10 p.m.
“Acting on behalf of our nonprofit, “I Am Not Alone,” which uses music to heal and give hope, we are putting on a fun, exciting concert and evening all to benefit the ALS Association,” Charles said.
OC music legend, Joe Smooth, will join the band on saxophone. Presenting sponsor is R&A Insurance.
Tickets can be purchased for $50 on Charles’ website, www.jimmycharlesmusic.com, or at https://younique-nashville.ticketleap.com/beatals/. Tickets also include food, beer, wine and cocktails, compliments of Mountaire Farms, Mispillion River Brewing Company, Heroes Vodka, Coors Light and Miller Lite.
There will also be an auction, featuring signed guitars, sports memorabilia and trips, among other items; mobile axe throwing from Kiss My Axe; and DJ Wax playing music before the concert.
“While watching the movie ‘Gleason,’ cooped up from covid, Miranda and I were moved to tears after watching the former NFL linebacker Steve Gleason document his deterioration from this torturous disease,” Charles said. “It really gives you a close look at the devastation it has to a person and family.”
Charles said he immediately posted on Facebook after watching, asking if people had seen the movie. He then added that he would love to get involved and support this cause.
“I then received a message from Bill O’Brien who is one of the directors for the Rehoboth Beach ALS walk and follows my career,” Charles said. “He informed me that they already used my song ‘I Am Not Alone’ for a special moment during their walk and would love to coordinate something. So we immediately began planning this concert.”
Funds raised will benefit the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, which covers the entire peninsula, including Ocean City.
“My first drummer when I moved to Nashville, Tommy Mastro, suffered horribly from the disease and eventually passed. Also my Stephen Decatur High School math teacher, JV baseball coach and bench press competition coach [Larry Schott] passed away from it as well. Both were so nice and truly amazing human beings,” Charles said. “It breaks my heart that they had to suffer this way. At the time my drummer was suffering I was only able to donate $20 to his fundraiser for medication he needed to make his legs stop shaking. I was still playing for tips in downtown Broadway Nashville where we used to do tons of shows together for little pay. On July 1, I hope to hand over a big check for a large amount of money to go toward the ALS Association and their efforts for research and more. How big of a check will depend on the support of Delmarva.”
Charles will also honor Schott during the event.
“Mr. Schott and I were best buds in high school. I looked up to him and he really inspired me during the weight lifting competitions and even got me through dreaded math classes. He was a big strong guy,” Charles said. “You never would think in a million years something like this would happen. He was so nice, always willing to help and a humble and great man. He deserves to be remembered as that especially on this day. We are going to party in the name of ALS and all those that suffered from the disease.”
Those who can’t make the event can still donate on Charles’ website, www.jimmycharlesmusic.com.
For more information about Charles, visit his official website or check out his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Charles received “Outstanding Young Tennessean” Award in 2017, and was a 2019 TOYA (Ten Outstanding Young Americans) Award winner, presented by the Jaycees International USA for using his music to positively impact the world.
His song and video, “Superman,” trended No. 1 with CMT and the song about the journey of a cancer survivor has helped him save lives across the nation traveling from coast to coast as Zero The End of Prostate Cancer’s national ambassador.
The singer/songwriter founded I Am Not Alone 501c3 nonprofit organization three years ago to spread hope, strength and unity to cancer survivors.
In 2020, Charles was named Nashville Industry Music Awards Male Country Artist of the Year, and he also won Song of the Year with “Never Had a Bad Day.”
“For those that have not heard me perform, If you love country music, rock music, love Nashville or have never been, I am bringing Nashville right here to the shore,” he said. “It’s going to be an amazing time. With my work as Zero the End of Prostate Cancer’s National Run/Walk Spokesman I lead the survivor ceremony at the races. At the ALS walks, there are no survivor ceremonies because there are no survivors. It is a terminal diagnosis and a torturous break down of the body while the mind stays acute and aware.
“This really hit me. Can you imagine having no hope” he continued. “There needs to be more research to help find a cure or even what causes the disease, that’s why we named this evening “A Night of Hope.”
Tonight, Charles will be performing at Coins on 28th Street from 8 p.m. to midnight. He will then play at the Reel Inn, 14th Street bayside, on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. On Sunday, he will be at Hammerheads Dockside, from 3-6 p.m. in the Indian River Inlet in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.