Two decades ago Jerry built Eagles Nest Recording Studio in the heart of the Rockies. Under the inspiration of this setting, he has recorded every imaginable style of music. That variety has carried over into his concert ministry as Jerry has obviously discovered the rare secret of connecting with people at both ends of the age spectrum simultaneously - a rather formidable challenge.
Full Screen Video - Probably the most effective tool Jerry uses for capturing a broad audience, is his use of video. No longer a rush for those few seats with a look at the keyboard. Now everyone enjoys the view as he plays "in-sync" with the keyboard on the big screen. Very close shots of the orchestra will put you in the middle of a row of trombones. These close-ups are further enhanced by stunning videography from all around the world.
Styles running the Gamut - Typically Jerry includes, as you’d expect, majestic traditional hymn arrangements like "How Great Thou Art" or "A Mighty Fortress." But he also has a very intuitive feel for jazz which he creatively applies to familiar spirituals and certain hymns. In addition, he rather seamlessly moves from a high-energy Hebraic style to, perhaps, a quiet sensitive rendition of "Jesus Paid It All."
For many people, inspired Classical music becomes a worship experience. So Jerry typically includes a touch of Classics such as an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Do you wonder if Classical music has universal appeal? Wonder no more. This piece, which he’s played on all six continents, often garners a standing ovation. The key, he’s discovered, is choosing well-recognized Classics that everyone can identify with, but having a good bit of flambuoyant energy.
Improv - Being a master of ‘improv,’ Jerry will often solicit audience favorites, spinning them into a creative medley that one might guess was pulled directly off of one of his dozen CDs. For some, this spontaneous moment is the peak of the concert or worship service.
Jerry resists the temptation to do "cookie-cutter" concerts because every audience is different. Different culture - different challenges - different demographics - unique tastes. Having performed in denominations from Baptist, Free Church, Nazarene, Seventh Day, Assembly and Covenant, to more liturgical churches such as Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian, once he gets a sense of the setting, he can develop a flow that fits that unique audience. For example, in one environment, he will bend toward Classics. In another, he’ll lean toward Country and Gospel, while in the next, Jazz appeals to their taste buds.
Novelty moments - In some settings where greater freedom is encouraged, he will perform his ‘round-the-world" variations on "Jesus Loves Me." On one occasion in the Congo, he sensed a cold, extreme anti-American sentiment. So he pulled out a rousing rendition of "I’ll Fly Away" - upside-down on his back with arms crossed. It definitely broke the ice and virtually melted the crowd, opening their hearts to be receptive to the Word. His unbelievable arrangement of "Rejoice In the Lord, Always," performed by six pianists on one keyboard, definitely grabs the attention of a crowd.