Jerome Olds

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Jerome Olds is an American singer-songwriter[1] who found success in Christian music throughout the 1980s and the 1990s.

Music career[edit]

Olds' introduction to the music industry was in the Atlanta club scene during the mid-1970s, where he became a local favorite with audiences.[citation needed] He headlined the "Jerome Olds Band" in the 1980s, a musical outfit that was later renamed, "Tom Grose and the Varsity". Olds also ran an Atlanta recording studio, named "Southern Living At Its Finest", with bassist and producer, Ricky Keller.

Olds wrote "Trains Up in the Sky", "Again and Again" and "Jesus It's You", songs that were written for Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart; all reached number one in the charts. Olds achieved recording success for himself with "Rejoice", "Is it Right" and "Bethlehem" reaching "Top 5" on radio. Olds wrote "Mighty Spirit" for Larnelle Harris, which was chosen by President George H. W. Bush to be the theme song for the "Points of Light" campaign. It is the longest running public service announcement (PSA) in the history of television.[citation needed]

"Sing Out" and "Mighty Spirit" are two Olds compositions used in Slaves, a ballet written by George Faison (choreographer for The Wiz and other films) and performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, US.[citation needed] Olds also cowrote the theme song for the biographical film, Hot Shot, about the association football player, Pele.[citation needed]

Religious awakening[edit]

March 9, 1987, Jerome fell in love with God and committed his life to Christ. He focused exclusively on Christian music. He was soon signed to Star Song records (Bill Gaither) and produced his first Christian CD.

From 2001 to 2009, he worked as a music architect at "Trinity Chapel", a church in Powder Springs, GA. He was also employed to elevate their music program to the next level.

Books[edit]

In 2012 he released a memoir, Diary of a Crazy Christian.

Personal life[edit]

He married Freida C. Olds, "Front of House" engineer for bands like "Family Force Five". He was written up in FOH Magazine. He has three daughters-in-law. Bethany Dick Olds is a blue grass fiddle player, writer and singer with two albums who worked with Sarah Evans and Pam Tillis, she is married with Jacob Olds. Lauren Ezell Olds is a writer and singer, she is married with Solomon Olds. He has one grandson named "Cash", this is the son of Solomon and Lauren. AmiBeth Olds is a fashion buyer at Stylebiter, she is married to Joshua Olds.

Olds' sons, Joshua (multiple GMA Dove Award nominee) and Jacob (multiple GMA Dove Award nominee), are in the popular crunk rock band, Family Force 5.[2] Olds' oldest son Solomon (GMA Dove Award winner) was also in this band until September 23, 2013

Discography[edit]

  • Lift Me Up (1980)
  • No Disguise (1989)
  • Eyes of a Common Man (1992), produced with Ricky Keller
  • Fact and Reality (1994), with The Brothers
  • RPM (1996), with The Brothers
  • Family Man (2011)
  • "This Christmas" single (2011)
  • Your Majesty (2011)
  • Your Love (2011), a three-song EP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waycross Journal-Herald (June 25, 1988). "Jerome Olds Sings, Butler Speaks Friday Night At PCHS". Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ 11Six4eva (18 March 2012). "Family Force 5 Artist Profile". newreleasetuesday.com. NRT Media Inc. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 

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