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 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 contributed to his musical DNA.
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 Alabama. He has also served in that role under various ministries over the years including Bishop Gary Oliver’s Tabernacle of Praise in Fort Worth, TX. Currently, Patrick and his wife Christina along with their sons, Garion and Isaiah, reside in Franklin, LA, where he serves as lead Pastor of Crossing Place Fellowship.
Patrick’s very heart and soul is to proclaim the goodness of God through music. He began his career as a writer and contributor on Fred Hammond’s GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING album ‘Free To Worship’. In 2007 Patrick was a featured artist on Hammond’s “25th Anniversary Tour”. He has also shared the stage with prominent artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Bishop Marvin Winans, Ruben Studdard, Yolanda Adams, David & Tamela Mann (stars of Tyler Perry’s ‘Meet the Browns’), Sinbad, Hezekiah Walker, John P. Kee and more. He has appeared on TV internationally on DAYSTAR, TBN, WORD, IMPACT NETWORK and ATLANTA LIVE.
His first radio single, ‘KEEP ME’, released on his Oilonit Music label, became a Billboard Gospel hit and even received a place on the Stellar ballot for Song of The Year. ‘KEEP ME’ was one of Sirius XM’s most played songs for the 2013 year. In addition, his title track, ‘OPEN THE HEAVENS’, was selected by Maranatha as one of the Top 25 Gopsel 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 won his first Stellar Award for his design of Tamela Mann’s album featuring her hit ‘Take Me To The King’.
God has placed a special anointing for praise and 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 debut release garnered spots on both the Stellar Award and Dove ballots and 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 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.