Jerome Winston
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Jerome Winston

Fayetteville, Georgia, United States | SELF

Fayetteville, Georgia, United States | SELF
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Robert Jerome Winston was born eighty miles north of Montgomery, Alabama, in a small town called Lanett. Winston and his two brothers were raised by both of his parents, where he was reared in the Baptist Church. The church became a venue for Winston to pursue his passion; singing. Winston would travel to local churches and sing gospel songs. Quickly this led to traveling to different towns and cities to share his talent and ministry, by spreading the Word of God through song.
In 1988, Winston launched his career in country music with his local band, "Wheels", which at the time was a gospel group. While working in his father’s auto body shop, Winston overheard the announcement of a country music showdown on a local radio station. This intrigued Winston and he soon presented the idea of competing to his fellow band mates.The idea of a gospel group competing in a country music competition seemed like a joke to the other members of the band, and they burst into laughter. “When I asked them for their support, they looked at me as though I had lost it, but they agreed to support me.” Winston quotes. Winston started hard at work and wrote his first two country songs, and entered the contest. With fourteen other bands, Wheels was the last to perform. To everyone’s surprise, they won first place, and this became their unique and fresh beginning.
Immediately after the win, Winston and his band sought to become full-time musicians. Though excited about this new idea of a country gospel group, there were many challenges and critics. The gospel community criticized them saying, “It is of the devil and Jerome is to blame for coming up with such a ludicrous idea.” Critics from the country music industry rejected the thought, and believed that the timing was wrong for a gospel group to enter the country music business. Regardless of the remarks, the band continued to pursue their dreams, and attempt to beat the odds.
"Wheels" went on to have great success. As lead singer, Winston had the opportunity to share the stage with many music legends such as, Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosden, Aaron Tippins, Ronnie McDowell’s, David Allen Coles, Confederate Railroad,Tracy Lawrence, Doug Stone,session work with Teddy Gentry with ( Alabama ) Little Texas,The Commadores, and Ray Charles. The group received a development deal with RCA Records, and had the opportunity to record in the some of the best studios in Nashville, Sessions recording studio, Real Town,The Oakridge Boys studio in Hendersonville,Tn and Muscle Shoals sounds in Muscle Shoals Ala, with leading producer, Greg Brown producer of Travis Tritt. Wheels released the country singles, “Road with no End” and “When Love gets Thrown Away”.
Winston later went on as a solo artist and released the single “This is After You” and “Heart”. Winston currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, and continues to pursue his music career.