On June 27, an alumnus of BYU- Idaho returned to the town of Rexburg to perform a one-night-only show at the Romance Theater.
The proceeds of the concert benefited the Shop With a Cop foundation.
Charley Jenkins, a Nashville recording artist, grew in the town of Roosevelt, Utah.
Jenkins said he was raised on a farm, where he found a love for the country life.
He said that while on the farm he learned how to rope, ride and work hard. He also said that life on the Jenkins farm revolved around cows, horses and rodeo.
Jenkins said he is constantly inspired by life events when writing songs.
“Country music walks on either a darker side or a really Christian side, and its important to find balance, and I use my life experiences to find the in-between. It is only natural for me to sing the songs that I love and relate to,” Jenkins said.
While attending BYU-I, Jenkins became student body vice president.
Jenkins said that this role taught him responsibility.
“I was able to rub shoulders with those people that would help me stay on the right path, as well as learning skills that I have used and will continue to use for the rest of my life,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said coming back to Rexburg was a very nostalgic experience for him because of his love for Rexburg and BYU-I.
Jenkins said that in 2001, after graduating from BYU-I, he loaded his truck with everything he owned and headed off to Nashville, Tenn., where he found his fame.
“It didn’t take him long to get his foot in the door in the country music industry,” according to Charley Jenkins’ website.
According to the website, Jenkins was a top-12 finalist out of 45,000 contestants on NBC’s hit show “Nashville Star.”
Jenkins said he was soon working on Music Row for a song writing publishing company.
“It was here that I learned the ‘ins and outs’ of the country business,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins’ concert lasted around two hours and during his performance, he mentioned the Shop With a Cop foundation.
He said he loved to help people and that was the main reason he decided to get involved with the organization.
“We organized a concert with Charley Jenkins and we’re giving part of the proceeds earned to Shop with a Cop,” said Eric Wheeler of the Rexburg Police Department.
According to the Shop With a Cop foundation website, Shop With a Cop is a way for law enforcement officers to give to children.
Jenkins said it was a great honor to be able to perform for such a great organization.