Written By: Heather Lee Gordy | Photo Courtesy Of: Charlie Daniels Band
You may know him from his earlier days playing bluegrass with the Misty Mountain Boys, or maybe from his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” but I promise you know him or at least have heard of him. Currently touring with his band, Charlie Daniels makes his way back to his birthplace for a special birthday celebration concert. Performing at Thalian Hall on October 22nd, Charlie Daniels will be celebrating his 80th birthday with all of the Cape Fear community.
A true legend for his contributions to country, bluegrass, and southern rock, Charlie Daniels is known for his Dove Award-winning gospel albums, his CMA Award-winning country hits, and his warming character that shines through the many causes he supports. Charlie Daniels is a proud supporter of the military, and has headlined concerts at David Lipscomb University benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Program working to provide scholarships for veterans. Charlie also aids other charitable organizations, including the Jason Foundation Gold Classic which targets teen suicide prevention, and the Galilean Children’s Home in Kentucky, which helps provide homes to abused and neglected children.
Charlie uses his talent and dedicates time into giving back to the community. He founded The Journey Home Project in 2014 with David Corlew, and Joe and Mercedes Longever. This non-for-profit organization assists in gathering funds for causes that help veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Charlie has also hosted for The Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf Classic and Angelus Concert in support for The Angelus, he’s been a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board, and has headlined for multiple years for the Christmas 4 Kids fundraiser concert.
With Charlie’s various contributions and long successful track record as a musician, songwriter and businessman, anyone can see that Charlie has dedicated much of his time learning, growing, and giving his 80 years so far on Earth.
He has expressed his gratitude as well saying, “I look forward to entertaining people….It’s a labor of love. I just thank God I make a living at what I enjoy doing.”
Charlie has really excelled in his career over the years. From the start of his career with the Misty Mountain Boys; to songwriter, session musician, and producer; to the release of his self-titled solo album in 1970; to the formation of the Charlie Daniels Band in 1972; to the performance in the hit 80s movie Urban Cowboy; to the launch of his record company, Blue Hat Records in 1997; to his band’s latest album release, “Off the Grid – Doin’ It Dylan”; and much more in between.
Charlie has received numerous accolades over the course of his career, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Pioneer Award in 1998 from the Academy of Country Music, and former U.S. presidents, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, paid tribute to the country singer at the awards ceremony. In 2005, Charlie was honored as a BMI Icon in recognition of his songwriting, and in 2009 he received a star on the Music City Hall of Fame located in Nashville, TN.
The Charlie Daniels Band has been on tour traveling from coast to coast working up to performing 100 concerts this year. The Cape Fear region is thrilled to have this legendary artist and his band perform at Thalian Hall, and we’re excited to help in celebrating his 80th birthday. Cupcakes from One Belle Bakery will be given to all audience members and a birthday cake for Charlie will be on display. You don’t want to miss out on this special event!
For more information on tickets and pricing, go to Thalian’s concert page at http://www.thalianhall.org/events