(Aug. 28, 2020) Jimmy Charles, national recording artist and Ocean City native, 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.”
“Winning an award like this in such a highly competitive business is a huge honor,” Charles said. “Nashville alone is full of so much talent and hard working artists that I am truly humbled by the nomination and award(s).”
Charles was nominated by the Nashville Industry Music Awards board. The fans then voted for their favorites.
“My fans showed up and more. They voted, shared, emailed, told their friends and we came away with not one but two wins,” he said. “I am so proud of them. They are doers and not just watchers. That’s the team I need behind me to be successful and win like we did the NIMA.
“The fans’ participation is the thing I am most proud of and the top treasure I will take away from this victory,” he continued. “Excited for all to come. Onward and upward.”
The organization announced the winners on Monday and Charles shared the good news with his fans while vacationing in Ocean City with his family.
“Putting aside for a moment that both awards were brought home from the fans, I feel that the artist award was more of a longtime grind victory to get me to a level to get that nomination,” he said. “The NIMA board recognizing that work ethic was certainly a big part of the nomination.”
Charles released “Never Had a Bad Day” on Feb. 14. It represents positivity, inspiration and people just having a good time, he said earlier this year. It’s a song about changing your way of thinking, being positive and ultimately changing your life for the better.
The Song of the Year award was more of a team effort, Charles said, “for one particular song that started with a man’s amazing story of changing his whole life through positive thinking.”
“Never Had a Bad Day” came to life after Charles had a conversation with friend, Erik Baylis, founder of Never Had a Bad Day in My Life, a 501c-3 nonprofit focused on assisting families struggling to pay medical bills for their children’s cancer treatments.
“From there, Co-Writer Cale Hoelzeman helped pen the song and bring to light a new sound unlike any of my other work,” he said. “From there, Producer Paul David put together an A-list team of musicians and worked very hard to bring the song to life.”
Charles said the group knew it had something special from the start and it continues to inspire.
“I also have worked very hard over the years working on my writing skills and my studio performance,” he said. “It feels amazing to know that hard work has paid off. I’m excited for even more amazing things to come from this song.”
Charles was scheduled to perform at the Freeman Stage in Selbyville, Delaware, yesterday. He will also play at Castaways RV Resort in Berlin, tonight, Friday, from 6-10 p.m.
On Sept. 25, he will launch the music video for his song, “Hard Way To Go.”
“I’m so excited for all the people this powerful video will touch and heal,” he said.
It is co-written by Kris Bergsnes and Melissa Peirce, and produced by Paul David.
It will be available via all major digital retail and streaming outlets. Pre-sale and pre-save event begins Friday, Sept. 15.
According to a press release, the song is written from the perspective of a person struggling with alcohol addiction, “the emotionally reflective and revealing ballad spotlights the ongoing internal battle between the bible and the devil, paying the price of family sacrifice and the journey down the winding road to recovery. With simplistic lyrics livened by Charles’ passionate and gritty vocals, softened by solemn acoustic guitar and eloquent cello, the redemptive tune is seemingly true-to-life.”
Charles thinks the song is “as down-to-earth and as honest as it gets.”
Charles, a Stephen Decatur High School graduate, 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.
He founded I Am Not Alone 501c3 nonprofit organization two years ago to spread hope, strength and unity to survivors.
For more information about Charles, visit his official website at www.jimmycharlesmusic.com or check out his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.