Jermaine Bollinger: Yes, They’re Listening!

Who: Jermaine Bollinger
What: CD release party (original country-rock)
When: 2017-07-07
Jermaine Bollinger will release his latest inspirational album, Is Anybody Listening?, Friday, July
Chris Wissmann
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Jermaine Bollinger will release his latest inspirational album, Is Anybody Listening?, Friday, July 7 at Elkville First Baptist Church.

The title is a marketing gimmick, Bollinger tells Nightlife. The longtime local multi-instrumentalist— Bollinger plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and sings; over the years he’s graced popular local nightclub groups like Mathien and Murphy500 funkster forerunners Under the Radar— quit his day job as a praise minister about ten months ago to become a full-time musician. And as the album title implies, Bollinger worried if enough people would buy his records and come to his gigs to financially support him.

So far, he says, so good. Shows are keeping him busy— on the day he spoke with Nightlife, Bollinger was on the way to Indiana to play at a Christian summer camp, then heading to Decatur for a few rehearsals before the release party. Music is pouring out of him— he says he’s already recorded six songs for the next album, which he hopes to release in 2018. Incredible musicians like Shadi Frick are supporting him in the studio, and he’s collected an excellent band (Keenan Wilcott on bass, Kristin Hiser on vocals and keyboards, Josh Morrison on guitar, and Bollinger’s wife Mallory on vocals and synthesizer) to back him on the road. And a luthier, Moniker Custom Guitars, has sponsored Bollinger and provided him with an instrument that allows him unique flexibility on the fretboard.

Thus, as it turns out, Bollinger’s greater concern is less with whether people are listening than what they’re hearing when they do.

“I feel like the content of my songs is important,” he says. The world is incredibly divided, he adds, but “I want to look past all that....

“I feel like it’s either going to be chaos or community, and I want to push the agenda for community,” Bollinger adds. “Even though we have all these divisions, we can still love each other.”

This, Bollinger says, is something he sees every time he plays— music has the power to bring people together.

“I feel like my audience is extremely versatile,” he says. “You don’t have to be a Christian to like my music. My mission was to build a bridge between contemporary Christian music and [secular pop music]. There doesn’t need to be a gap between them.”

Nor, he feels, do politics, age, or race need to divide people. He played the same songs for a more elderly audience on Sunday that he performed on Wednesday for teenagers, for example, and received the same positive response.

“If you have vision and a message,” he says, “you can play to any audience.”

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who: Jermaine Bollinger

what: CD release party

where: Elkville First Baptist Church


when: Friday, July 7

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