Mother: Beverly Guyer
Father: Wayne Bennett
Two sisters & one brother (all reside in
Strawberries, Canned fruits and vegetables,
The Original Hinsons
I Never Shall Forget
From Out of the West They Came...The Hinsons Live and on
"For me to live is Christ, but to die is
Jerry likes to surf on the internet and play games online
such as Monopoly, Euchre, Spades, and Hearts. He also enjoys growing
gardens and his favorites are tomatoes and strawberries. He enjoys
canning vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, green beans, peaches, and
berries. Even on the road Jerry has been blessed with friends
sharing their own homegrown produce.
don't like to be around people who complain and are a pessimist. I
believe as Christians we need to put off the old man and put on the
new man, by the renewing of our minds. If we think differently our
lives will change. I don't like to communicate with negative people.
We can do "all" things through Christ who strengthens us. My message
is clear and being a Christian is not a boring, depressing state. I
don't like songs that lead people to believe that we have to wait
til we get to heaven to be happy. But I am a happy individual today
and enjoy the journey.
While some find this hard to believe after watching Jerry on
stage, off stage he is quite reserved and shy. Some would assume
that he was snobbish, but it's the fact that he doesn't assert
himself and make new friends easily. If people approach him first
then the avenue of friendship is usually paved that way due to his
shy personality. Jerry also loves his quiet times.
Jerry was born on
August 3rd, 1962 in McConnellsburg, PA. He was raised in the rural
community of Mercersburg, PA during his childhood. His mother
started attending church at the Mercersburg Assembly of God when
Jerry was 9 years old. During that time Jerry had just started
taking a very keen interest in music. Jerry got his first
opportunity to learn how to play music when at Christmas time he
received a very small chord organ. Later on his family came across
someone who was giving away an old upright piano and luckily it was
in tune. Jerry right away started tinkering with the notes.
While attending church
he would watch the pianist during service and learned by her
playing. Due to his musical ear that was God given he began
fingering out songs one note at a time. Within a few months Jerry
was playing with two hands and he was then learning to play the
accordion during church services. Jerry had his heart set on playing
piano for church, but there was a position to play the organ. Since
Jerry was so small his feet couldn`t reach the bass pedals or the
volume control, so he had to play with his hands and stretch off the
bench to turn up and down the volume. He recently met up with one of
the former members of the church who commented about how they
remembered not being able to see him going to the platform due to
his head barely topping the tops of the pews walking up the aisle.
His mother decided to
dedicate the family and during the dedication service the minister
stopped at Jerry out of all the other families being dedicated and
prayed and spoke over him. Stating that God had shown him that He
was going to use Jerry`s hands for the work of the Lord. That
statement could not have been more profound. Not only has Jerry
become an accomplished musician, but also a songwriter as well.
In 1979 between his
Junior and Senior years of high school he made friends with a
schoolmate who also was musically inclined. Being they both were
Christians they put together a gospel trio where Jerry played piano
and his friend played guitar and banjo and his cousin sang. After a
couple weeks of practice they were informed of a gospel talent
search and they walked on stage in front of 2,000 people. Making
their first performance in front of a large crowd the whole group
was scared and nervous but to their surprise they received a mass
standing ovation. Although they didn`t take first place in the
contest they did know that there was a definite calling to their
group in which they called "Sonrise". This group later developed
into a quartet and started to organize a live band.
Songwriting then came
into play as Jerry penned his very first gospel song at a United
Methodist youth retreat. This came from a challenge by his youth
leader teasing in fun that he couldn`t write a song. And within a
few minutes he sat down at the piano and started playing and singing
words to a song that amazed his youth leader. This song has become a
blessing to many that attend the programs today since Jerry still
uses this song in his concerts.
Sonrise continued to
use and write their own material. They entered through the years
various other talent shows. One in particular where they placed 2nd
was at the Hoppers singing at Watermelon Park in Berryville, VA.
During that competition they were in competition with two now
nationally known artists "The Paynes" and "The Greenes". Having won
such a prestigious honor at that time was more in helping the group
spread their wings to minister to other areas and churches. They
recorded their first album in 1982 after speaking with the Paynes
who at that time was working with Windchime in Nashville, TN. This
album consisted of all original material, seven songs that Jerry
wrote or co-wrote.
Sonrise disbanded in
1985 and Jerry was offered a position to play with a well-known
gospel performer, "Donnie Seabolt". Donnie was a former member of
the Blue Ridge Quartet and also traveled with "Laverne Tripp". Jerry
spent nearly 8 years with Donnie traveling regionally in the
In 1993 a major career
move was made. Jerry left his 13-year employment with the Federal
Government and pursued a career of music and recorded his first solo
project "The Heart of Things". This was later released in 1994. In
later part of 1994 Jerry co-wrote a song with April Nye called "My
God Forgets". This song was recorded by the Kingsmen and was later
released in 1995. This song shot up the charts and remained in the
top ten for four months. It also received several nominations in the
Diamond Awards in 1996 for Song of the Year.
January 1996 brought
forth another career change as Jerry then took a position as program
director for the newly launched Satellite Network "Gospel Music
Television" (GMT). He was featured on the program along with many of
the other top 40 gospel artists. Jerry continued on with this
network until it was sold in the fall of 1996 and Jerry then made
another major move to Nashville, TN.
Dreams do come true!!
1999 Jerry got the opportunity to travel with the nationally known
"Freemans". He traveled with the group for over a year and a half
juggling a full time position and his solo career. Later in 2000
Jerry had to come off the road to concentrate more on his solo music
career. He`s got many credits to his name. But if you would ask him
all the credit goes to one and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jerry is presently
traveling and singing all across the country in local churches and
concerts. He enjoys being part of revivals and other special church
functions. One thing that Jerry has always expressed was there`d
never be a church too small for his ministry. For Jesus also
ministered to just a few as well as multitudes. It`s his desire to
do his part in spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus through song.
Jerry will not only bring to you an anointed message but also a
professional country/southern gospel sound. He records his projects
in Nashville, TN and uses the best musicians that can be found.
Putting forth the best is what makes and separates Jerry from many
of your other artists. He doesn`t come to put on a show for you, but
he does bring a message of hope and to uplift the downhearted and to
encourage the discouraged.