Welcome to the home of Jerry Lawson, original lead singer, producer, and arranger of the legendary a cappella group The Persuasions. For updates on Jerry, click the NEWS tab above.
Jerry released his solo debut, Just a Mortal Man, on East Nashville independent label Red Beet Records in April 2015. Just a Mortal Man was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and in The Wall Street Journal.
We hope you will enjoy your time here exploring and learning about Jerry’s lifetime of contributions to music history. The Rabbit Hole tab will take you to many more Jerry gems.
After 40 years and 20 plus albums Jerry Lawson, original lead singer, arranger and producer of the legendary a cappella group The Persuasions has moved on. The man who led the celebrated quintet – and recorded and toured with numerous artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli, Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa – is heading in many new directions. “I left the Persuasions in order to perform and record the tunes I love with instruments. I’m singing Jazz Standards, traditional Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Country and many beautiful songs that deserve nothing less than a full orchestra.”
Anyone who has been privileged to experience The Persuasions knows that their signature sound was defined by Lawson’s sweet and smoky baritone. As music writer Rip Rense put it: “By any fair measure Lawson is really one of the best singers of the last fifty years—up there with Sam Cooke, David Ruffin, Brook Benton, Jerry Butler, Roy Hamilton & Nat King Cole.”