400 Years Remembered
GRALIN JERALD is the 'behind the scenes tour de force' of the hard working husband and wife duo at Behind The World Productions, Inc. Mr. Jerald is CEO OF BTWPROD and heads all engineering at BTWPROD Recording Studio. Gralin is the silent leader of the company making final decisions in budgets, projects, travel engagements and scheduling. He serves as the musical director and producer of OcTC (Outreach Christian Theater Company) in Los Angeles. The company is a non-union corporation specializing in projects that present moral issues using original works from up and coming playwrights and innovative music. Mr. Jerald co-founded the company in 1994 with wife, Penny Johnson Jerald (Sherry Palmer on FOX TV hit series, "24"). Having written songs for Renee Geyer, Billy Davis & Marilyn McCoo early on, Jerald felt a certain freedom and passion for what a career in music would afford him. However, marriage and fatherhood had plans of their own. Gralin would end up managing his wife's career while extending his talents outside of the home by teaching. GRALIN JERALD holds a BA in classical guitar and an MM in commercial music and has served on staff at various colleges in the Los Angeles area, teaching voice, all genres of guitar, arranging, songwriting and music business, for the past 20 years. With over 100 songs written and having engineered other artists' ideas and efforts, Jerald is ready to hang up his Professorship and give us an idea about what the 'real' Gralin Jerald is all about. He is now geared up to showcase his own talent in BTWPROD's newly released 400 YEARS REMEMBERED. Partial to the music of the oppressed Black American, Mr. Jerald has intertwined his musicianship, ancestral background, rich rooted voice, and quest for equality to create a body of work that should be heard and embraced throughout this country. "Singing the Spirituals has given me a new lease on life. I feel like I am in touch with myself more than ever musically. I have transcended from a place of merely singing melodies to living melodies. When I sing these songs, I feel like the spirit of the slaves is rallying in my soul joining in my celebration and in my sadness. I can feel the cry of mourning from the slaves, exclaiming that no one ever knew them nor truly understood their plight." Gralin feels blessed to have such a successful marriage in Hollywood. He is equally blessed to have already started on a new CD with all original works. "It's my time to shine!"