Jerry Zolten, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, struck Grammy gold at the February 15, 2016, music awards ceremony for his work on two recording projects.
The Fairfield Four took home the Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album, for which Zolten was repertoire consultant and liner notes writer. “The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two” (1928-32) Third Man/Revenant Records, took the Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Zolten’s role was as researcher, notes writer, consultant, and track contributor.
Zolten is an educator, musician, author, speaker, producer and public radio program host. He is the author of Great God A’Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music. He is the co-producer, writer and host of nationally syndicated public radio programs on gospel, jazz and blues, including Boppin’ with Pekar and Chimpin’ the Blues.