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Jimmy Charles to host free benefit in Pines, Dec. 17

(Dec. 10, 2015) Ocean City native Jimmy Charles will perform his second annual “I’ll be Home for Christmas” concert at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The country music artist and Stephen Decatur High School alum will put on a free show, although donations are encouraged to benefit the nonprofit organization Coastal Hospice.
“We started it last year, decided to keep it going and make it an annual benefit concert,” Charles said. “I work with a lot of charities and wanted to do something focused on my hometown.”
Doors will open at 5 p.m. with local singer Sara Ann Garrison kicking off the show. There will also be a special appearance from Santa.
“[Garrison] is a local artist working hard,” Charles said. “It feels great to help someone from my hometown and we flew her out to Nashville to be in my music video.”
A Chinese auction will take place and attendees can purchase 50/50 tickets with all proceeds going to Coastal Hospice. Organizers are still looking for businesses to donate auction items.
“It’s a great show and a lot of fun,” said Maureen McNeill, director of development for Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care. “Jimmy is doing this out of the goodness of his heart. We appreciate donations to the angel tree or purchasing 50/50 tickets. It all supports charity.”
Concertgoers can honor a loved one by purchasing an angel ornament and placing it on the Coastal Hospice angel tree.
Last year, the concert raised more than $5,000 and Charles hopes to surpass that on Thursday night.
“My grandmother was taken care of during her final days [by Coastal Hospice staff],” Charles said. “It is amazing and takes a special person to take care of sick people.”
In addition, Charles knows the nonprofit organization has helped other hometown friends’ grandparents, and his grandmother, Hellen Krabbe, would not have been able to live with his family in her final days without the help of Coastal Hospice. They assisted his mother significantly, he said.
Coastal Hospice also helps patients who have no means to pay for treatment or need a product such as glasses or a ramp not covered by insurance. Last year alone, Coastal Hospice provided more than $650,000 in charity care to patients.
“We lost my grandfather this year and Coastal Hospice took care of him too,” Charles said. “All donations will be made in his name and memory this year.”
In fact, it has been a rough year and a half with Charles losing his father in 2013, but his success has only just begun to take off.
On Sept. 1, the video for his song “Superman” debuted on CMT and gave him national recognition as an artist. It was written to encourage men to get their prostates checked.
“The song has opened doors to spread the message and help save lives,” Charles said. “No one speaks on behalf of these men, they suffer alone and if I save one life it is worth it.”
Prostate cancer has no symptoms, it is hereditary and early detection is key to treatment.
“I have been performing “Superman” all across the country and singing to survivors,” Charles said. “It’s their story and about the importance of getting checked.”
Charles is happy to provide hope and has been swarmed with emails and Facebook messages of gratitude from prostate cancer survivors.
Recently, Charles was at the Baltimore airport when a man approached him to say his father died of prostate cancer and after seeing Charles on the news decided to get checked in the near future.
“If one life is saved, it’s worth it,” Charles said. “I think it will do more than that and it’s cool to use my talent and music to do great things and save lives.”
The success of “Superman” took him to 16 cities in the past three months.
“I am embracing being an artist with everything coming from my soul,” Charles said.
His work as spokesperson for the prostate cancer nonprofit led to his “Superman” single after the organization asked Charles to write a song encouraging men to get checked.
“There are so many people back home who are following and cheering for me,” Charles said. “I cannot wait to be back and performing for everyone. It is going to be a blast.”
Charles, who lives in Nashville, is working on a new album with a scheduled spring 2016 release date and he is excited to be returning to his hometown. Also, he plans on performing at Springfest and Sunfest next year.
“I am so excited to come back home,” Charles said. “I need to come back more often and I appreciate the people who continue to follow me. This is my way of saying thank you. I had an awesome year and 2016 will be better.”
To reserve tickets to his free country concert to benefit Coastal Hospice, call the Ocean Pines Yacht Club at 410-641-7501. For more information on Charles, visit his website at
Founded in 1980, 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. For more information, visit