Jimmy Rose gained national recognition with his meteoric rise during last year’s competition on “America’s Got Talent” (AGT).
Finishing in third place and performing during the live tour, Rose, a Bell County native, has been in demand from people far and wide.
He’s still willing to help those in need close to home, however.
Rose was at Pizza Inn of Tazewell on Feb. 9 to perform a benefit concert for local cancer patient Carley Hall. During his performance, he filled in the crowd about his plans.
“I’m still under contract until late February or March, then I will talk with several people who are interested,” he said. “I am going to leave it in God’s hands and he will lead me to do what I’m supposed to do.”
Seen at first by several as a long shot to win the AGT competition, Rose’s story resonated with many — he’s a small town native, veteran of the Marines and former coal miner.
He said he didn’t pick up a guitar or start writing music until 2001, when he was 21 and deployed to Afghanistan.
“The first song I ever wrote was when I was in Japan,” he said. “It’s called ‘A Thousand Miles Away’.”
His original song “Coal Keeps the Lights On” was his audition song and theme throughout the AGT competition and was requested several times during Sunday’s benefit.
He saved it for last.
“I’m just like you all, I’m real and I have a dream,” he said. “I’m somebody chasing what I love, my music career.”
Rose shared that he auditioned for The Voice, another reality singing show, one week before he auditioned for AGT.
“They didn’t give me a second look,” he said. “But if one door closes, try again.”
For updates on Rose and his upcoming shows, he encouraged everyone to visit his fan page on Facebook.
Marisa Anders may be reached at 423-626-3222 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.