Patrisha A. Gill, an accomplished pianist and composer, began playing by ear at age five, followed by years of formal lessons and academic music studies.
Patrisha has composed and published several songs, four of which were recorded by popular Christian artists, John Hall, Cynthia Clauson and Edwin Hawkins. As a member of the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar, Patrisha served as the National Mass Choir Coordinator for several years. Responsibilities in this position included selection of original music compositions for each annual live recording, and organization and direction of mass choir rehearsals for as many as 500 singers for live Gospel recordings.
Patrisha has also accompanied and toured with Gospel recording artist, Shirley Miller, lead vocalist on the recording, “Oh Happy Day.” As accompanist and musical director, Patrisha created arrangement for background vocalists. Since 1986, Patrisha has worked with a number of recording artists including the late Andrae Crouch and Danniebelle Hall, Saundra Crouch, Richard Smallwood, Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, and Rev. Yvette Flunder. Patrisha’s contribution on several collaborative musical projects with these individuals has led to life-long professional and personal associations.
Patrisha’s composition, “Solid Rock” was recorded on the Grammy nominated CD entitled, Love Alive IV, featuring Rev. Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir, and in 2006, Bishop Yvette Flunder and The Fellowship Mass Choir recorded Patrisha’s composition, “I Will Give You Rest,” which became the single release after four months.
Patrisha has also been a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries Conference, and the Hymn Society, as well as a number of music conferences throughout the country.
Patrisha is a member of City of Refuge Community United Church of Christ in San Francisco, but is presently serving in ministry with her partner and spouse at the Loomis-Basin Congregational UCC in Loomis, CA. Patrisha continues to compose and arrange music for choirs and vocalists throughout the country.