Patrick Dopson Bio
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 parents pastored in historic 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 be captivated with the sounds of the church as his mother led choir rehearsals. His mother greatly influenced him to begin to allow God to use him with this musical gift.
At the age of 19, Patrick married his wife, Christina. A few months after they wed, he accepted his first full-time position as worship leader at a large multi-cultural church in Alabama. He has served in that role under various ministries over the years including another one of his influences, singer and songwriter, Pastor Gary Oliver. Currently, Patrick and his wife Christina along with their sons, Garion and Isaiah, reside in Dallas, TX, where he serves as Pastor of Worship under the leadership of Dr. Tony Evans at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.
Patrick’s very heart and soul is for God to be glorified through the ministry of music. He began his career in 2006 as a writer and contributor on Fred Hammond’s GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING album ‘Free To Worship’. The following year Patrick was a featured artist on Hammond’s “25th Anniversary Tour”. He has also ministered and worked alongside other prominent artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Bishop Marvin Winans, Ruben Studdard, Yolanda Adams, David & Tamela Mann, Hezekiah Walker, John P. Kee, Donald Lawrence and more. He has appeared on the international broadcasts of DAYSTAR, TBN, WORD & IMPACT NETWORK.
God has placed a special anointing for worship on his life to tear down racial, cultural, generational, and denominational barriers. He delivers a powerful uncompromising message to people both in and outside of the church, using his unique flavor of urban / contemporary gospel. Patrick founded his own publishing and record label, Oilonit Music, in 2003.
His debut album, Open the Heavens, produced by Noel Hall and himself, was released in May of 2012. His first radio single, ‘KEEP ME’, released on his Oilonit Music label, became a Billboard Gospel hit and even received a first round Stellar nod for Song of The Year. ‘KEEP ME’ was one of Sirius XM’s most played songs for the 2013 year. ‘KEEP ME’ garnered a place on Sony / RCA Records WOW GOSPEL 2013 CD. Inspired by the adoption of their son, Garion, his music video ‘KEEP ME’ was also featured on the Sony / RCA Records WOW GOSPEL 2013 DVD.
In addition, his title track, ‘OPEN THE HEAVENS’, was selected by Maranatha as one of the Top 25 Gospel Songs of 2012. In 2014 his single ‘GOD IS’ soared to the top of Billboard Gospel charts. Both ‘KEEP ME’ and ‘GOD IS’ were listed as part of BILLBOARD’S Top Gospel Songs of the Year of 2013 and 2014.
Patrick is also owner of his own graphic design business, Oilonit Graphics, and became a Stellar Award winner for his design of Tamela Mann’s ‘Best Days’ album featuring her RIAA platinum hit ‘Take Me To The King’.
In 2014, Patrick was the recipient of the the City of Montgomery, AL Gospel Praise Awards ‘LIFETIME DREAM AWARD’ for his achievements thus far in gospel music.
In 2015 Patrick overcame a life-altering diagnosis of kidney cancer. That experience propelled him into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Christ. Following that year, he was faced with the unexpected loss of his greatest influence, his mother, again causing him to dig deeper into his faith and fellowship with God. After a few years of a series of tumultuous circumstances, he believed God was, once again, calling him to release music from his place of brokenness to declare with conviction that ‘GOD IS ABLE’. His plans are to release the single ‘GOD IS ABLE’ in the fall of 2019 and a full album to follow in 2020.