Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis, a Haitian-born self-taught musician who plays bass, guitar, congas, and drums, participated in the BMI “Conversations” panel series, held at October 21 at Clinton Recording Studios. The intimate discussion, moderated by journalist and ParlourMagazine.com’s Hillary Crosely, focused on Jerry’s career achievements and the “who’s who” list of performers he’s worked with.
Jerry, who is one of the most successful and musically adept producers to emerge from the hip-hop era since 1994, treated bourgeoning singer/songwriters and fans to anecdotal stories on creating hits for The Fugees (The Score), Whitney Houston (“My Love Is Your Love”), and Shakira (“Hips Don’t Lie”). In addition, Jerry ensnared the audience’s attention by demonstrating his musicianship skills by playing chords on his bass that lead to the foundation of many of his hits. Highlights include songwriter Mary Brown joining Jerry to recall the songwriting process of creating songs for Wyclef Jean (“911”), and Destiny’s Child (“No, No, No”).