Charley Jenkins, country singer/songwriter, is also a Mormon. He was on NBC’s Nashville Star, where he achieved the top 12. Charley has opened for and toured with big country names, like Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Neal McCoy, Emerson Drive, and Daryl Worley. His pure sound, thoughtful lyrics, and sincerely humble personality have won over thousands of fans. He has released three albums: Ridin’, Round Here, and his newest album Hold On.
The credit should go, in large part, to Charley’s supportive Mom. She made him audition for a performing group in college. To his surprise, he actually enjoyed it. After serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon church) in Chicago, he attended school at BYU-Idaho, then called “Ricks College”, in Rexburg, Idaho. He then ventured to Nashville to pursue a job with a song-publishing company. Charley was enjoying every minute in Nashville, until he received the news that his father was diagnosed with cancer. He quickly came home to Roosevelt, Utah. His father passed away about a year later. Charley’s then-fiancée, Brooke, is from Murray, Utah. He decided not to return to live in Nashville, as he had planned. They were married and continue to live in Murray with their sweet daughter, Preslee.
When the time came to produce his first album, his friends and neighbors from his hometown of Roosevelt, Utah raised $15K to help him out. Charley felt enormous pressure to pull through for them, due to their overwhelming support. The album sold so many copies in Roosevelt, that the money was quickly recuperated. Charley will always be proud of his hometown.
He has become close friends with Paul Cardall, with whom he performed at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah in February 2010 for the “Celebrate Life” Concert. The concert benefited those affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).
He’s on a roll, and won’t be stopping anytime soon. Charley’s hometown is Roosevelt, Utah, but he now resides in Murray, Utah.