Philly Soul is back like a bullet train…and the high-octane locomotive is called The Dolly Express, a mix of music crafted by the rail conductor, Jermaine Dolly, an affable, amusing, Philly native that knows a thing or two about music and social media. Under the tutelage of Tye Tribbett, Dolly witnessed firsthand how to bring the Bible to the boyz in the hood, as a member of Greater Anointing. Now, as a bold disciple of the Gospel too, Jermaine is proclaiming Jesus, his own quirky and charismatic way.
On the heels of his breakthrough, chart-topping singles, You & Come And Knock On Our Door, Dolly has delivered an album that’s designed to connect with both thugs and theologians, social media mavens and church matriarchs. It’s music for millennials, where ole skool soul and powerful praise collide to the delight of the listener. With such a big personality, there was little doubt that Jermaine Dolly would make our exclusive 1-on-1 for BlackGospel.com a homerun.
Christopher Heron: As a Philly native, which is your go-to team? The Eagles, the 76ers, the Phillies, or the Flyers?
Jermaine Dolly: The Phillies. At least they’ve won in the last 10 years.
Christopher Heron: [laughs] That’s the truth. Did the music scene in Philly have an impact on you as an artist?
Jermaine Dolly: Most definitely. I love MusiqSoulchild and Jill Scott, Boyz 2 Men, but I really wanted to be part of State Property growing up, with Beanie Sigel and Freeway.