Charlie Helmick A Biography Born in Washington, a small town in Iowa, on June 12 at Washington Memorial Hospital. His father, Charles, worked for John Deere in Ottawa, Iowa, and his mother, Violet, was a housewife. But Violet was also an entertainer. She, along with her brothers, Frank, Floyd, and Gary, toured the Midwest. This is where Charlie first got a taste for the Country Music life that he has grown to love. Starting at the ripe old age of 5, he was given the opportunity to sing along during shows. His grandfather also had a musical streak, being a five-time state fiddle champion and playing piano for live radio shows. Charlie attended school in Moline, Illinois, where his father, Charles, settled after a divorce from Violet in early 1969. He still attended the live shows and worked setting up band and some of the stage lamination equipment. Then, in 1980, the United States Marine Corp came calling, and Charlie enlisted. He was sent to Camp Pendleton, California, where he served until his Honorable Discharge as a Corporal in the summer of 1984. During this time, he entertained the troops in his Company whenever the opportunity presented itself. Charlie traveled to Florida for a short time, but settled again in his hometown of Moline, Illinois in 1987. There, he reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Anderson, and married in the winter of 1989. They have four children together: Raquel, Thomas, Steven, and Sara. Charlie has pursued his goal of making a career in Country Music full-time since the summer of 2000. In November of 2000, during an audition for Showtime Records, he was asked to make a demo recording. This demo recording was introduced to Colonel Buster Doss of Stardust Records, in Nashville, Tennessee. One song, was selected to be put on a Compilation CD and sent worldwide for airplay. Charlie then joined the Tennessee Country Music Alliance, where Jean Rhea, the President of the TCMA, so enjoyed Charlies talent that she, along with Keith Bradford of KMA Records, produced his first album. Going Home was released in the fall of 2004. Since then, Charlies songs have been played all over Europe, Australia, and the United States on Independent Radio Stations. Charlie continues to write music and entertain for live audiences all over. In the summer of 2004, Airplay International nominated Charlie in the categories of: Pioneer New Artist and Lifetime Achievement. At the Tennessee Country Music Alliance Awards in Nashville in 2005, Charlie won Golden Elite Division Male Vocalist of the Year Going Home won Album of the Year, and Duet Video of the Year for Why Don't We Drop Anchor and Texas River Male Vocalist of the Year. 2006 International Golden World Entertainer of the Year. Patriotic Video of the Year by the Tennessee Country Music Alliance.