Ministry was formed in Chicago in 1981 by founder Al Jourgensen. Born in Havana, Cuba Jourgensen moved from Denver to Chicago where he attended University of Illinois’ Chicago before becoming a DJ and eventually a respected songwriter, musician and producer.
Ministry is known to have increased the popularity of industrial dance music. Their aggressive sound, synthesizers, and tape effects along with guitars and distorted vocals, are often credited with inspiring many future industrial bands. This included a former Ministry roadie called Trent Reznor who went on to form Nine Inch Nails.
Early singles from Ministry were released on legendary Chicago label Wax Trax records. Six time Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling artists, Ministry has collaborated with many different musicians over the years.
While Al Jourgensen has also worked on many different projects it can be said that Ministry is his lifetime passion, one that he continues to work on today.