"Born country"? Exactly!!! Charley Jenkins has country roots that run deep. He was raised on a farm in Eastern Utah where he learned how to rope, ride and work hard. Plowing, planting and harvesting were all part of his life that makes him who he is. Life on the Jenkins farm revolved around cows, horses and rodeos. The horse trailer was a constant companion to the family's Ford truck. But whether he was on the road or on the tractor, he was always singing.
At the age of five, Charley made his public singing debut. It was in a local talent contest. He had been singing around his house and his mom quickly recognized something was special about his voice. He began singing in church and other public functions and quickly gained a reputation as the "little kid with the big voice". He soon became a hometown favorite and was singing throughout Eastern Utah region winning contest after contest.
His love for country music has been a life-long passion. "Country is who and what I am. It is only natural for me to sing the songs that I love and relate too." While attending college at BYU-Idaho Charley was selected to be member of an elite performing group, "Showtime Company". They performed a variety of styles of music throughout the western United States and the British Isles, but it was Charley who always sang the country selections.
Singing is not the only thing Charley does. He is an entertainer which is just an extension of his singing ability. His high energy and raw emotion makes the audience feel a part of every performance.
Charley's first album, "Greatest Hours", was written and produced by Charley and his friend, Jordan Allen, while still in college. With the success of this album, along with personal advice from George Strait, Charley decided to push his career to a new level.
In the summer of 2001 Charley loaded up his truck with everything he owned and headed of to Nashville, Tennessee. It didn't take him long to get his foot in the door in the country music industry. Charley was hired to work for a Music Row publishing company where he personally represented the writers. It was here that Charley learned the in's and out's of the country business. He became personal friends with Tony Martin, Mark Nesler and number of Nashville "greats".
While in Nashville, Charley sat back and watched and learned. He quickly realized that he had a lot to learn and do before he was ready for a music career. He wanted to get better at writing, singing and playing. So he used his farm-boy mentality and went to work. He played and sang at writer's shows and bars on the famous Broadway Street in downtown Nashville. He sang at the Wild Horse Salon and with Tim McGraw's band. He finally realized he was ready to jump in and move forward.
Over the past two years Charley has been writing and gathering songs for a new album, " 'Round Here". He wanted this album to show who he is and what his music is all about. The title "'Round Here" is so fitting. Charley is proud of where he is from and the people who have influenced his life. It was this love that brought Charley back home in the summer of 2004 to help with the farm and to be with his family and his father who was battling cancer. "Coming home was an easy decision for me, and I will never regret it. The time I had with my father until his passing in August will always be sacred to me." The 'Round Here album is a tribute to his father and he personally wrote the song Hero At Home for him.
Being home also turned out to be a blessing as he started dating his future wife and the love of his life, Brooke. As Long As I'm with You, another song from the album, expresses his love for Brooke and how she brought him from a time of sorrow.
Top Nashville writer, Tony Martin who has written 11 number one songs such as Third Rock from the Sun, Just To See You Smile, Living And Living Well., said this about Charley's album. "I love Charley's album, but it upset me that the song I love the most " As Long As I'm With You" is one I didn't write... Charley did."
Charley has sung country music for thousands. His ability to write, sing, and play great country songs along with his compelling ability to entertain has made him not only a hometown favorite, but a favorite wherever he plays. Dan Truman of "Diamond Rio" says this, "Charley Jenkins' album "'Round Here" truly reflects the person he is. It's great, it's real, it's full of energy and passion." That's what Charley is all about!!!