Hardeman County native and Bolivar-raised CharMaine TyRelle Joy-Hughes recently performed on the grandest stage of them all – the January 20, 2021, inauguration of President Joe Biden. CharMaine is an accomplished artist who attended the University of Memphis after graduating from Bolivar Central High School in 2004. He obtained a M.S./B. S degree in General and Special Education, and is currently working on his doctorate in Instruction, Curriculum, and Leadership. CharMaine proudly serves as a teacher for Shelby County Schools, but he has never forgotten his home. He also serves as the Minister of Music for Simon Chapel MB Church in Whiteville; the St. John Baptist Church in Stanton, and the Cathedral of Praise in Memphis.
I interviewed CharMaine for this story, and I must say that I was deeply impressed by his love for this town. CharMaine credits his “village”, referring to both sides of his family, the descendants of Robert and MayNelle Wilkes, and his mother for pushing, cultivating and molding the young man that he is today. Speaking poignantly and fondly of his mother, Violet Melissa Trimble, he said that she most definitely deserves a great deal of praise and credit for his success.
CharMaine has set several goals that he wishes to accomplish. His life goal, however, is to leave a legacy that his family will be proud of whether it be through his singing, musical talent, teaching, or his delivery of professional development and empowerment courses.
The most important question during this interview came near the end of our conversation when I asked how he felt about being on the international stage at such a significant moment in history after being born and raised in this little town of Bolivar. His response was three words. “I’m from Bolivar.” He went on to say, “I am just so proud to say that I am from Bolivar, and I’m so grateful to be able to represent this unique town.”
CharMaine is working on a single EP, “Let’s Praise the Lord,” which will be released on Sunday, February 7, 2021. Be sure to catch his radio interview, also this Sunday, from 12 PM – 1 PM during Praise and Worship with Camille Shavon on WFKX FM 95.7. As if that weren’t enough, he is busy working on writing a book as well.
On behalf of the City of Bolivar, we congratulate CharMaine on his selection to perform during the inauguration events and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We are #hometownproud!