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Youth with South Boston roots sets stage to rock history

Chuck Ferguson grew up in South Boston working with David McCollum for many years at the downtown shoe store.

Never in his wildest dreams did Ferguson foresee his youngest son inheriting his musical inclinations and hitting the road at age 10 to make a name for himself in the world of rock.

A graduate of Halifax County High School, the son of Charles and Jere Allred Ferguson of Halifax now lives in Creedmoor, N.C., with his wife, Marcey, and their 14-year-old athletic son, Camden, and their “unique” 12-year-old son, Brooks Paul.

When their youngest child started singing at age 2, Chuck and Marcey had no idea about the ride Brooks Paul was about to take them on.  

Fast forward 10 years.

Hailing from the small town of Creedmoor, N.C., Brooks Paul, aka The Prince of Rock,  will make history at Myrtle Beach Bike Week the second week of May, when he becomes the youngest performer ever to perform at this historic (over 70 years running) event.  

But don’t be fooled. This 12-year-old rocker and his adult band have been touring the East Coast from Florida to Virginia for two years, making Brooks Paul a favorite at all sorts of venues, including festivals, large night clubs and outdoor amphitheaters.  

Selling t-shirts, posters and his latest CD release, Brooks signs autographs and hangs around for fan photos up to two hours after his concerts.

Referred to as Wilmington’s top drummer, John Wade, 40, is the band’s drummer, making John the closest band member to Brooks in age.  

Also joining Brooks on stage are professional adult musicians Kelly Jolly of Durham, N.C., Randy Garner of Creedmoor, N.C., and Watt Meadows (formerly of Halifax) now residing in Clarksville.  

Though all of these musicians had years of experience, they had never played together,  or even met each other, until they came together forming this band. 

Having already become The Youngest Performer Ever to take the stages at venues in N.C. from Wilmington Clubs to the Longbranch of Raleigh, in February Brooks Paul took the same title playing two shows daily at Daytona Bike Week in Florida.

Now he and his band take this show to South Carolina and do it again.  Brooks Paul will be performing during Bike Week at The Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet, S.C., with two shows daily May 12, 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily.  

On Friday night, June 14, there will be a one night performance in Raleigh, N.C.  This will be an all ages permitted concert at the Longbranch of Raleigh at 608 Creekside Drive.

“Brooks himself hit the stage with mirror shades, bandana and blonde hair almost to his waist, and image-wise he’s already hit the nail on the head. Clearly it hasn’t escaped the notice of a few young ladies that he’s as cute as a button, and by the end of the first verse there was a clutch of  early teen (and younger) girls giving Brooks adoring looks and swooning… nothing wrong with that at all, and perhaps a marker for what is more or less sure to come as his career progresses. I will note though, it wasn’t just young ladies watching, as the area front of the stage was packed with rock and metal fans of all ages – young to old,” stated excerpts from a NovaMetal Review. 

“I predict seriously great things for this young man. For me he comes over vocally as a cross between Axl Rose and Bon Scott, minus the bad attitude and affection for a drink or three (Doh! Well obviously…), with a drop of Lou Gramm for good measure.  Obviously at age 11 there is a lot of growing up to come, but all the signs are there for stardom. 

“If you get a chance to see Brooks Paul, definitely take it,” the review concludes.