“I am a saved, sanctified and HolyGhost filled young man in and for the Lord.”
Cortez L. Mack is an inspirational gospel playwright, screenplay writer,
songwriter, choir and theatre director, music producer and arranger, poet,
actor, model and choreographer working under the umbrella of his own Chicago-based Christian production company, Jesus Keeps Blessing Us Productions, Inc.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Cortez graduated from ColumbiaCollegeChicago in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Business Management, and has a minor concentration in Music and Theatre Production. The degree Cortez has earned enhanced his management, theatre and music abilities.
Since 1980, Cortez has been a long-standing member of the First Pentecostal Church Of God, Inc., under the founder, Bishop James C. Morris, and his current leader, Dr. Bernice Williams, and Overseer, Apostle Christine Morris. In August 1990, Cortez surrendered his life to the Lord and since then, has served as a Youth Leader, Choir Member and Director, Sunday School Student and Teacher, Ordained and Licensed Deacon and Minister, and in many other capacities of the church. Through the inspiration of such gospel groups as Commissioned, The Winans and TAKE 6, Cortez formed his first all-male gospel group named VISION. The Lord privileged and blessed Vision to minister at several local concerts and musicals throughout the Chicagoland area utilizing Cortez’s original music. As years passed, the Lord had inspired Cortez to write several church plays such as, “PRAY FOR THE U.S.A.”, “HE IS RISEN”, and “THE NIGHT THAT CHRIST WAS BORN”, which was beautifully choreographed by Cortez himself. However, Cortez is widely known for this inspirational Christmas play entitled, “A CHRISTMAS LOVE”, which was staged in 1997 at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago and the inner-city dramatic play, “WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY?”. In addition to these successful plays, Cortez has completed an inspirational poem book entitled, “I LIVE TO HELP”, compiled of several original poetic pieces.
Formed in 1988, but established in 1995, Cortez envisioned Jkbu Productions, Inc. to be a pathway to inspire and encourage present and future generations, especially young people, through inspirational drama, gospel music, inspirational poetry and positive recreational outlets. Through Jkbu, the Lord has inspired and blessed Cortez with a vision and mission to promote M.E.S.S. (motivation, education, spirituality and success). His spiritual and natural gifts, couple with his education, motivation and experiences; nevertheless, gives recognition for his wisdom, competence and versatility. Cortez gives all praises, glory and honor to God for blessing him with the ability and ministry to edify God’s people through works of creative writing. His unwavering and personal commitment is to give back to those who made it possible for him to succeed in this vision: God; his wife, Jeriesha; his family; his pastor and church family; and the local schools and inner-city communities.
Although widely known for his profound talent, Cortez’s ultimate goal is to become the first young entrepreneur, businessman and gospel industry extraordinaire to emerge from Chicago. In being a new and rejuvenated writer, producer and director emerging from Chicago, be assured that Jkbu Productions, Inc. is on the horizon.
On October 23, 1999, the Lord blessed Cortez to marry his God-given wife, Jerisha (Jeri).Jeri is a saved, sanctified and HolyGhost filled young lady in and for the Lord. In May 2000, Jeri received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Business Science from Governor’s StateUniversity in University Park, Illinois. She is the Vice President of Jkbu Productions, Inc. and the founder of M.A.C.K.DevelopmentYouthCenter (Making All Children Knowledgeable).
Also, Cortez and Jeri have two beautiful daughters, Jeriah and Cari.