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Darton student singing his way to the top

February 25, 2004

Albany-- A Darton College student is getting state-wide attention for his beautiful voice.

These days, music major Chuck Tinson sings for dignitaries, wins awards, and is the pride of his school. But, this freshman with a big voice was facing even bigger challenges just six months ago.

"I've been singing since I was in 10th, maybe 11th grade in high school."

Chuck Tinson is a natural tenor. But, it has not been easy for Chuck to find his voice,"I didn't have a place to call home, a real place where I could just go and relax and say this is the roof over my head."

While Chuck was singing his heart out during his first semester at Darton College last fall, he was also struggling to find a place to live, "I lost my mom at an early age, at four years old."

Family members stepped in to help raise Chuck. But, nothing was stable in his life until last fall, "I don't know I just made up my mind that I was going to get into school."

Now, not only is Chuck getting a music degree, Darton College has helped him get an apartment--blessings this young man says he is not taking for granted, "I mean I have to go all out because this is all that I have right now so I have to do the best that I can."

He is doing the best he can with the gift he has been given, and he says giving up is not an option, "It's just something I have to do. I want to make my late mom and my grandmom proud of me. I want to make my father proud to call me his son. I just want to make myself proud."

Even with so much going on in Chuck's personal life, he still managed to maintain a 3.6 G.P.A. his first semester at Darton College.

You can hear Chuck Tinson sing at Darton's Choral Concert Friday, March 26, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at Darton's College Theater.

Posted at 6:10 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com