Jerry Schickling

Jerry Schickling

 Clearfield, Pennsylvania, USA
BandCountry

Nashville recording artist Jerry Schickling brings a variety of original music as well as many classic country favorites to the stage. Along with his touring band North Country, Jerry's show is sure to please country music fans of all ages!!

Biography

Jerry began his musical pursuits in the late 70's as the bass guitar player for the rock band Ozone that he and his friends Chris Kane and Dan Herman formed as juniors in high school.
From that beginning he played with various bands, mostly in the Heavy Metal genre -believe it or not! Though he played in heavy metal bands, Jerry was always country at heart.
"I always loved country music", says Jerry. I enjoyed it as I was growing up when my mom and dad played it on the radio. I never told any of my friends that I listened to country because it would have 'ruined' my image as a 'rock star'". He continued, "I did some pretty wild things back then. I wore spandex pants, spiked arm bands, hand cuff belt, etc. I even shot flames out the end of my guitar for some awesome effects".

Jerry's first performance on a country stage came in 1988 at the True Value Country Music Showdown at the Tussey Mountain Ski Resort in State College, Pa. Though he had never performed country music in public prior to the show, he placed 3rd in the competition!
After the show he was approached by one of the judges, who happened to be a representative from MCA/Nashville records. Jerry was asked to develop some original songs and submit them to MCA for review.
Though the opportunity was intriguing, he never pursued it. "I'll never forget the feeling I had when the judge approached me after the show", stated Jerry. "To say I was excited would be an understatement".
When asked what happened Jerry explained "I guess it was just timing. I didn't have any contacts in the song writing industry, and I hadn't wrote any of my own songs. As time went on, life just kind of took over and I had to focus on making a living".

Although Jerry was inactive as a performer for the next few years, he never lost his love for music. "I met a musician from State College, Pa. named Tommy Wareham. He turned out to be one of my greatest friends and supporters. He inspired and encouraged me back into music".
In October of 2000, Jerry videoed three country songs for the Fast Track To Fame and Sonic Records nationwide talent search competition. He was chosen "most marketable" by the Sonic Records label and offered a professional recording and promotion package. In September of 2001, Jerry made the trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and recorded the song "I Wonder If She Thinks Of Me".
After the release of the song to radio, Jerry's first recording actually rose to #48 on the nationwide Indie (independent artist) chart! It stayed on the chart for 5 months!
"I was so excited about the success of my first release!", Jerry said. "To have a song played on national radio was great, but to have it climb the charts because people wanted to hear it was a dream come true!".

Since that initial success, Jerry traveled to Nashville in 2004 after signing with A.M.I. Records and recorded two songs “It’s A Good Thing” and “If Only”. On January 23, 2006, “It’s A Good Thing” was released on the Lone Pine Records label to over 600 radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and various parts of Europe.
2009 will find Jerry in Nashville once again to finish recording his first full-length CD. He has teamed up with songwriter/producer Tom Paden (Paden Place Music). Jerry comments “I’m very fired-up about working with Tom. He’s a seasoned veteran in the music industry in Nashville, not only as a quality songwriter, but with the skills of a great producer, to help me bring quality music to my fans!”.
Jerry’s music career appears to be on an upswing, and with influences like George Strait, Merle Haggard, Steve Wariner, Tracy Byrd, and Brad Paisley, it seems he's now deeply rooted in country music.
He formed his current touring band, North Country, in 2005 and played some great venues including the Clearfield County Fair, Centre County Grange Fair, Knoebel's Amusment Park, Elk County Fair, Pennsylvania Elk Expo, Relay For Life and Children’s Miracle Network benefit shows, and a variety of other concerts. Jerry also became very popular in Canada in 2005, as well as overseas in Australia, New Zealand, and Belgium.

He has opened for such acts as the Marshall Tucker Band and Neal McCoy, and is looking forward to hitting the road in 2011, and meeting lots of new people.
"I really feel this is the year to make some big things happen", Jerry said. The thing I love the most is meeting new people. I never miss a chance to honor our military veterans. I also enjoy talking with the children at my shows and try to influence them to dream big and not be afraid to chase those dreams!".
We're sure you'll be hearing more from Jerry very soon..........

Discography

"It All Comes Back To Me"
Released Sept. 1, 2009
Independent Label

"I Wonder If She Thinks Of Me"
2002 Release/Sonic Records, #48 on Inside Country Indie Chart (Sept. 2002)

"It's A Good Thing" / "If Only"
Nashville 2 song CD with 2006 release on Lone Pine Records label

Set List

Originals:
It All Comes Back To Me
Politically Incorrect Redneck
Savin' It Up For Saturday Night
Say Hello To My Heart
Cowboy Up And Party Down
I Don't Wanna Wish I Had
Unknown Soldier
Honky Tonk Cool
Fed X Texas
A Little In Love
I Wonder If She Thinks Of Me

Covers:
Abilene On Her Mind / Buddy Jewell
I Left Something Turned On At Home / Trace Adkins
Peaceful Easy Feeling / Eagles
I Can Still Make Cheyenne / George Strait
Last Kiss / Various
Reuben James / Kenny Rogers
Good Hearted Woman / Waylon Jennings
Folsom Prison Blues / Johnny Cash
Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) / Garth Brooks
The Drinkin' Bone / Tracy Byrd
When You Leave That Way / Confederate Railroad
Louisiana Saturday Night / Mel McDaniel
Some Beach / Blake Shelton
The Ride / David Allan Coe
Workin' Man Blues / Merle Haggard
99.9% Sure / Brian McCommas
Ticks / Brad Paisley
Whiskey Lullaby (w/Brenda Weber) / Brad Paisley/Allison Krause
Suds In The Bucket (featuring Brenda Weber) / Sara