LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jimmy Rose is loving life on the road.
The 33-year-old singer-songwriter from Pineville, who placed third last month on America's Got Talent, is touring with America's Got Talent Live through the middle of next month.
"This is just a tease for me," he said. "Every time I walk on that stage ... it's just an amazing feeling."
He told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1gYoB39) that he is hoping to get signed by a record label, but will pursue a career in music even if he's not.
"I'll go after it independently," he said. "I've got a taste now, and I know what I want."
He said one downside to being on the road is that he's missing deer season.
During his down time while traveling, he is writing songs about the journey he's on.
"A song is being lived every day," he said.
The song he sang during his first appearance on the show — Coal Keeps the Lights On — endeared him to the judges and to residents in his Bell County hometown.
He told the newspaper that he went to work in the coal mines right after graduating high school and stayed there for more than a year. Afterward, he operated a forklift at a factory and then joined the Marine Corps for four years, which included a stint in Iraq.
He learned to play the guitar while serving as a Marine.
"Music just poured out of me," he said. "It was bottled up inside of me."
He said he's had a few other jobs since leaving the Marines, but making it in the music industry has always been his dream.
"I would always play little places," he said. "I'd even sing at funerals. It wouldn't matter to me."
Two years ago, he made an acoustic CD of himself singing his original songs and then distributed them alongside a road.
Rose said there's one piece of advice he would give to others: "It don't matter where you come from. It ain't how you was raised. It's how you get yourself back up. Go after what you want, no matter what life's dealt you."
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com