Anxiously awaiting the official word from America’s Got Talent for an appearance on the popular competition, Jimmy Rose says he has been anticipating what could happen if he gets selected to perform on the live show.
In order to ensure he receives all of Bell County’s votes and support if he gets to appear on the show, Rose and his girlfriend, Heather, have been setting up in the Big Blue parking lot for the last two Saturdays, passing out signed copies of his CDs.
Rose’s truck has his hometown hit “The Coal Song” permanently displayed on the back window. The couple decorated the rest of the truck with brightly colored posters to catch the attention of passersby.
The couple turned to Facebook to help get the word out about his music. She has advertised the CD give aways on both her personal page as well as the Bell County Yard Sale page.
The CDs contain original songs, as well as covers of classic country hits.
The “Coal Keeps the Lights On” has been a hit with Brian O’Brien’s listeners. WRIL has 100 copies of the CD to give away to listeners.
The CD also contains the first song Rose wrote, “A Thousand Miles Away” which is dedicated to his mother and where his musical journey began.
“I wrote it in Japan, when I was in the Marine Corps,” said Rose. “It’s the first song I ever wrote. That’s where it all started.”
He is scheduled to open for Joe Nichos at this year’s Mountain Laurel Festival.
Bell County residents have been watching him as he has traveled with his brother, Chris, and their friend, Joseph Letendre, chasing their dreams from auditions of The Voice in Atlanta to auditions for America’s Got Talent in New York City and New Orleans.
The men — all in agreement — say that if they don’t receive a callback, the trips were worth it for the experiences.