Mark and Jerri Ferguson
For 13 years, Mark & Jerri Ferguson have served in the music ministry as a team! This husband and wife combine their individual talents to expand the influence of Gospel Music to hundreds of thousands of people each week. They have served as Minister’s of Music, worship leaders, composers and arrangers. They have performed over 200 concerts in the last few years and have had two nationally released projects to radio. Together they host radio and television programs; compose, record and perform at churches, festivals and arenas across the country; and promote Gospel music concerts!
Known to thousands of weekly radio listeners as the host & Inside Gospel Music reporter on Mark Ferguson’s SUNDAY IN AMERICA, Mark and Jerri now give us a glimpse into the early years that gave this warm and candid couple a foundation for their life’s work.
“My first memories center around that piano,” Mark begins. “My grandmother had given us a big - heavy upright piano that sat in our living room. Mom was the church pianist for close to thirty years at our church...she would practice and we would sing. I remember so well, during electrical storms we always gathered around the piano and sang until the storm ended. The lights would flicker, then go out.... Mom would say, ‘no electricity needed for the piano!’ Then, we would continue to sing.”
In much the same way, Jerri’s love for the Lord and Gospel Music began at home. Jerri, the child of a Baptist Minister, can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing with her sisters and brother or in her Dad’s choir. Jerri shares, “Growing up in a minister’s home gives you many “funny” experiences to share. Like, when I was a little girl, Dad wanted me to sing in the church service. I was just too shy. So Dad turned all the lights off in the church, someone shined the spotlight in my eyes so I couldn’t see the people, and then, I sang!”
Jerri continues, “I also remember going to a recording studio when I was fourteen to sing with my sisters and family on our first album. We were so nervous! It was hot in the studio, tensions were high ... and things didn’t go exactly, well, to our expectations. The biggest problem came when someone sang something wrong....we all had to start over again! We sang “Something Beautiful” 22 times that day! Needless to say, we’ve had a lot of fun with that story through the years!”
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