Jermaine Bollinger has been handed a God-given talent. He has been inclined with the gift of music. Not only is Jermaine a fantastic singer/songwriter, but he can also play a variety of instruments exceptionally well. Named after Jermaine Jackson, Bollinger has blossomed as a musical performer, teacher, composer, writer, and engineer. On his latest 3 albums, Bollinger not only played the vast majority of the instruments (if not all of the instruments on the majority of the tracks), he also wrote and/or arranged every song and co-engineered the album. On his latest album, Bollinger wrote recorded, mixed, mastered, and even did all of the album artwork.
Bollinger has participated and was awarded in singing competitions like WIBI's Opening Act. He achieved the final four spot out of the entire state of Illinois (around 300 contestants) and was the top male performer in the competition. He recorded in a Nashville studio after placing in the top four and got the chance to meet some of the top Christian artists.
In 2004, out of 200 contestants, Bollinger placed 3rd in Carbondale Idol. He also placed 5th in Southern Idol in 2005 with around 150 contestants.
Still, what turns heads about Bollinger is he is an accomplished percussionist as well. He received 3rd place with the band Mathien in 2005 in Carbondale's Band Wars as their drummer. He was in the Southern Illinois University Pep Band and the Saluki Drumline as their top drummer and one of their snare drummers for four years. These groups at the time were top 8 and top 20 in the country based on university programs.
In late 2009 to early 2010, Jermaine Bollinger spent several months as the drummer in a band which was known as a Southern Illinois super group. Dance Machine was a funk and Michael Jackson tribute band that became a well known standard in Carbondale. At age 23, Bollinger was the youngest member in the band by a decade, with the oldest member, lead singer, James Barnes a tender 49. Other members of the group were Shadi Frick, the second youngest member in the group on keyboards and winds, Bob Marlow on electric guitar, and Eddie Chapa on bass. This group believed in intricate rhythms as a necessity perfecting songs such as Thriller, Beat It, and Human Nature. Association with groups like these are what has proved Bollinger as one of the best drummers in Southern Illinois.
In the fall of 2010, Bollinger also led the Carbondale Middle School Cougar Drumline in an undefeated season as their drumline instructor, receiving either the highest point totals in any given parade and/or caption awards for best percussion, making them the best middle school drumline in Southern Illinois.
Bollinger currently works full-time as the Worship Pastor at The View Church in Carbondale, Illinois. He is the lead singer and acoustic guitarist in the praise band and the back-up piano accompanist for the contemporary services when needed. He also gives percussion and voice lessons and as mentioned above, he works part time at Carbondale Middle School as their Drumline instructor.
Jermaine was recently ordained to the music ministry on January 31, 2010. He is affianced to Mallory Winthrop with their wedding date set for June 25. Bollinger graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May of 2010 with a degree in Music Business and a minor in Marketing.