Jerry T Yates

The Gospel With A Beat

Jerry started playing Christian Country/Christian Rockabilly back in 1979. In 1982 he was officially ordained into the Gospel Ministry, and was a pastor for 21 years, all the time keeping up his music ministry. Jerry won the 2008 Roots Music Association's Gospel Artist of the Year award and the International Country Gospel Music Association's award for New Male Vocalist of the year, Georgia, in 1994. Jerry still preaches, plays and sings every chance he gets, anywhere he can, to spread the Good News of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music has been a very large part of my life, since the mid 50's. It is something that has always made me feel good inside. To me it is energizing, and at the same time it brings peace and comfort. The main thing it gives me is joy.

What is your music dream?

To make a living doing it.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?


Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Gosh, there are several, but I guess the one that stands out most is "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Elvis, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, ZZ Top, Kenny Sultan, Tony Joe White, Doc Watson, Norman Blake

What inspires you to make music?

The Holy Spirit and listening to and/or watching others play.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I play and sing Christian music, so the message I want to send is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that Christianity isn't supposed to be dull and boring or following a bunch of religious rules, regulations, and rituals. Christianity is to be fun and joyful, because Christ has set the Christian free from sin and religious works!

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Always a little nervous, but otherwise fantastic!

What do you think of Drooble?

I think Drooble is an excellent tool for musicians and anyone in the business of music. It provides a great way to promote your music as well as getting to know other like minded people. It's also a great place to get help and give help!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Trying to book myself.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes. I go to hear some of them play, and I support them with my comments and recommendations on social media.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I think charisma and tenacity are a must!

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Doug Kees, Jon Brown, Patrick Thompson, Steve Puett, David Puett, Jesse Yates, Melissa Plett