Patrick Dopson has been involved in music ministry since the age of seven when he started playing the drums and singing in the church his father pastored in Selma, Alabama. As a young child, Patrick knew that his destiny would be ministering to others through music. He would sit for hours on the front pew of the church and watch and listen to every detail as his mom led choir rehearsals. He grew up listening to gospel artists such as The Winans, Commissioned, John P. Kee, Marvin Sapp, Gary Oliver, Fred Hammond, Shirley Caesar and mass choirs, which have all influenced his life.
At the age of 19, Patrick married his wife, Christina. A few months after they were married, he accepted his first full-time position as worship leader at a large multi-cultural church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Since then, he has served in that role under various ministries including Bishop Gary Oliver’s Tabernacle of Praise in Fort Worth, TX. Now Patrick and his wife Christina along with their new baby boy, Garion, reside in Birmingham, Alabama, where his ministry is based.
Patrick’s very heart and soul is to proclaim the goodness of God through music. He has written numerous anointed songs over the last 10 years, some of which have been recorded by other artists and are being used in churches across the nation. His song OPEN THE HEAVENS was recently selected as one of the top 25 Gospel songs of 2012 released by Maranatha/ EMI. Patrick also contributed as a writer and singer on Fred Hammond's first Grammy Award-winning project titled Free To Worship.
He has had the privilege of leading worship and opening for artists and pastors such as Hammond, Sapp, Oliver, Dr. Mark Chironna, Michael English and Pastor Clint Brown. He ministered at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Potter's House to open Hammond's Free to Worship live DVD recording and was featured on a 25 city “25th Anniversary Tour” with Hammond as well. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with prominent artists such as Israel Houghton, Martha Munizzi, Ruben Studdard, Yolanda Adams, David & Tamela Mann (stars of Tyler Perry’s ‘Meet the Browns’), Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Daryl Coley and others. Patrick was featured as a guest soloist on Pastor John P. Kee’s album, Nothing But Worship. He has appeared on TV internationally on DAYSTAR, TBN, IMPACT NETWORK and ATLANTA LIVE.
Patrick’s style has an urban / contemporary gospel flavor. God has placed a special anointing for praise and worship on his life to tear down racial, cultural, generational, and denominational barriers, to deliver a powerful uncompromising message to people both in and outside of the church, using his stylish, popular sound and riveting worshipful live concerts. Patrick founded his own publishing and record label, Oilonit Music, in 2003. His new single, “Keep Me,” is impacting Gospel radio now, and his debut album, Open the Heavens, produced by Noel Hall and himself, will be available May 1.