Pat Akpabio (Biography) Songs, Age

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Evangelist (Ambassador) Patience Christopher-Ibanga Akpabio Born December 10, 1984, also known as 'Pat Akpabio', is a member of the Grammy's Recording Academy and a Nigerian-American gospel singer, t:song-writer, t:producer, and t:actress. She is the founder and CEO of La’khush record label.

Pat is the daughter of highly esteemed traditional African dancers, (Chief Christopher Bassey Akpan and Ms Regina Akpan), her father danced ‘Uko Akpan’ and mother danced ‘Abang’; traditional African dance. Pat grew up in Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and Calabar, Cross-River State where she attended The University of Calabar Staff School, Calabar, Cross-River State, where she discovered her gift and love for music. Through the artistic direction and guidance from her father, she made the pursuit of her education first priority while she continued to hone her musical skills and talent. Pat later moved to the United States in 1997 to join her mother and further her education.

Pat began her recording career and released her debut album in November 2009 entitled ‘Right On Time’ a fourteen song album written and produced in its entirety by the gospel singer, and accompanied by a DVD of eleven gospel music videos. The freshman album features hits such as ‘Worthy is the Lamb’ and ‘Have you Ever Wondered’ the soul stirring gospel album has continued to attract fans from diverse faith-based backgrounds and continue nurture the roots of joyful testament to her personal faith. Her undeniable charisma helped liberate gospel’s formal style and has continued to amass success that includes more mainstream gospel music lovers. The album has a perfect balance that has allowed it to stay including her rich heritage of traditional African sounds. Pat has a creative lyrical talent that is a true gift from God.

Pat continued to climb to the pinnacle of success when she completed her sophomore album ‘I’ve Got Feelings’ in April 2011; one of the most highly anticipated projects in the gospel music industry. The album delivered twelve impressive songs that describe struggles throughout relationships. ‘I’ve Got Feelings’, resonates a message of faith, encouragement and triumph through Christ. Song after songs, the albums message seeks to encourage and inspire. It includes captivating beats from various genres of music; R&B, hip-hop and reggae blend. Although the album has a feel of both contemporary and traditional gospel music the true spiritual message has not been altered. ‘I’ve Got Feelings’ has the amazing ability to complement each unique style, which allowed Pat to segue into different genres of music throughout the album.

Pat Akpabio has clearly and solidly changed the face of Nigerian Gospel music. She has proved that she can impeccably blend contemporary secular music with traditional gospel, and arrived at a mix that is invariably Pat Akpabio’s alone. A diverse and innovative artist, whose stage presence electrifies fans internationally, Pat Akapbio has achieved what many wish to accomplish. She has received several honors and notable recognitions that can attest to her talents. Pat Akpabio is attributed with many Nigerian gospel ‘firsts’. She is the ‘first’ and only Nigerian gospel artist to be inducted and named as a voting member of the Grammy’s Recording Academy, she is the ‘first’ Nigerian gospel artist to receive The National Excellence Award, ‘first’ to have a Hall of Fame named in her honor in Liberia in 2009. She is an Ambassador to the United Nations (POLAC) Peace Initiative and has been nominated as the Nigerian Gospel Musician of the Year in 2010 by the Nigerian Gospel Award.

Pat attended Stone Mountain Middle School and Stone Mountain High School located in Stone Mountain Georgia. She graduated from the renowned Georgia State University with a BBA degree in Finance. Pat is an ordained Evangelist and a Lady in the Order of John Wesley. Pat has continued to minister the word of God as called upon.

Pat is the founder and CEO of The Pat Akpabio Foundation for HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer Research. The foundation is dedicated to the research, awareness, prevention, and empowerment of persons affected, infected, and impacted by these diseases. The foundation is committed to continued empowerment and quality of life support. The organizations guiding principle is simple, “Tell your story, over time you will come to realize that it is never as bad as it seems; as long as you believe that God is the author and finisher of your faith. All things are possible through Christ who strengthens.”

Pat is happily married to Elder Ibanga I. Akpabio. Their union has been blessed with three wonderful and anointed children; Princess Rachel, Prince Othniel, and Prince Daniel Akpabio.

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