After finishing third on Season 8 of NBC's "America's Got Talent" last year, singer-songwriter Jimmy Rose has been touring the country, sharing his original tune "Coal Keeps the Lights On," which has become a rally cry for an industry facing an uncertain future.
Rose will bring his anthem to coal country on March 22 for a 7 p.m. performance at John I. Burton High School in Norton, Va. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Opening act is Saul Brooks.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children; ages 5 and younger get in free.
A native of Pineville, Ky., Rose began working as a coal miner straight out of high school and ran a forklift at a factory in Tennessee for several years before joining the Marine Corps. It was while Rose was deployed to Iraq that a fellow Marine taught him a few chords on the guitar and he began writing his own songs.
After returning home to civilian life, Rose worked as a meter reader for an electric company and a construction worker, and was studying taxidermy at a local community college when he decided to chase his dream of becoming a country music artist.
He auditioned for "America's Got Talent" and with the support of fellow coal miners, Marine veterans, citizens of his home state of Kentucky and fans of country music, he made it to the show's final round, finishing third behind dancer Kenichi Ebina and stand-up comic Taylor Williamson.
After the show ended in September, Rose hit the road with the America's Got Talent Live tour, which wrapped up in mid-November.
Rose has performed in venues across the country — the Fox Theater in Atlanta, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the Bayou Music Center in Houston and the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City — and has opened shows for country artists such as Joe Nichols and Josh Turner.
He hasn't forgotten his roots, however; Rose recently performed at the Eastern Kentucky Coal Rally in his hometown of Pikeville.
To find out more about Rose, visit his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter at @JimmyRoseAGT.comments powered by Disqus