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Christian artist to release CD in Elkville

  • Jermaine Bollinger quit his day job as a minister to devote all of his time to his music.

    Jermaine Bollinger quit his day job as a minister to devote all of his time to his music.
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by Chris Wissmann
Staff Writer
Posted on 7/5/2017, 2:42 PM

Jermaine Bollinger will release his latest inspirational album, "Is Anybody Listening?", at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7 at Elkville First Baptist Church.
The title is a marketing gimmick, Bollinger says. The longtime local multi-instrumentalist -- Bollinger plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and sings -- quit his day job as a praise minister about 10 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 sat for this interview, Bollinger was on the way to Indiana to play at a Christian summer camp and 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 including 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.
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. 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, and received the same positive response.
"If you have vision and a message," he says, "you can play to any audience."
For more information and to preview "Is Anybody Listening?", visit