The Soulful Sounds of Christmas XXIX

29 Years of Stellar Performances at Shoreline Community College


Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir along with guest soloist Nichol Eskridge, will grace the stage again at Shoreline Community College, in the Theater, December 18th, 7:30pm for the 29th year of the “Soulful Sounds of Christmas” musical concert, most of these years being sell out performances. This high-spirited evening of Gospel & Christmas music has been a mainstay at Shoreline Community College benefiting athletics for years and now supporting for Venee’ Ministries a music ministry outreach.

Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir are no strangers to the Pacific NW, with 44 years of performing hand-clapping, foot-stomping, toe-tapping gospel music at various venues in the northwest. Pastor Pat Wright’s music career is very extensive and in 1973 she founded The Total Experience Gospel Choir. The choir is very well known nationally and internationally and have travelled and performed in 38 states, on 5 continents and 22 countries. The Choir consists of persons ages 6-72. The choir has been credited with numerous awards and 7 recordings.

Eskridge is no stranger to the northwest as well, she is a seasoned gospel music talent with performances at local churches, schools, malls and special events including “Keepers of the Dream,” “Black Nativity,” and Duke Ellington Sacred Music Concert,” with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. She started singing in her father’s church at an early age at Calvary Temple, in Savannah, Georgia. She has been featured on several recording projects, and has 4 solo CD projects of her own, “Christmas with Venee,” “Original Love,” “Only By The Spirit,” and “Perfect Gift”, and will be releasing a new 5th CD “Simple Love Song.”

The Soulful Sounds of Christmas XXIX is an evening of spirit-filled music that will start your holiday season on a high note. Tickets range from $15- $20 and can be purchased by calling 206-403-7859. 

Tacoma Urban Performing Center (T.U.P.A.C.) News

My first Bumbershoot was 1978, a year before I moved to Seattle. I was visiting a friend and I remember we walked into the Exhibition Hall and there was this African-American gospel choir – mostly kids – led by an enthusiastic woman. When those kids opened their mouths and sang their praises up to the rafters, my jaw dropped. “This must be a pretty good city to live in,” I thought.

The group, of course, was the Total Experience Gospel Choir, led by thereverend Pat Wright, and I was astounded it was local. That’s one reason I begin a list of 10 great Bumbershoot moments with her choir. Because, to me, part of what this festival has always been about is serendipitously stumbling on something you knew nothing about.

If you need an energy boost, get yourself down to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (along Walnut, south of Lander) and catch the rest of tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha performance by theTotal Experience Gospel Choir, led by Pastor Patrinell Wright.

.....No doubt one of the most popular will be the gospel singalong led by Patrinell Wright, director of the Total Experience Gospel Choir (1:35 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Fisher Green), who will lead the crowd in “This Little Light of Mine” and other favorites.

Total Experience Gospel Choir, sings as he reaches out his arm toward attendants of the First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish’s 140 year celebration on Friday. Hundreds gathered to kickoff the church’s renewal weekend, which includes activities and prayer groups.

Total Experience Gospel Choir sings in Historic New Orleans Church.

Heading back to New Orleans after 10 years, the Total Experience Gospel Choir brings hope and help to a city that remains in dire straits.

The Seattle Symphony’s must-attend party of the summer returns to the Chihuly Boathouse. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready will once again kick off Club Ludo on the VIP stage. With performances featuring Ann Wilson of Heart and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, this will be unlike anything you've experienced before!

Total Experience Gospel Choir proudly presents He Would Not Come Down A Gospel Music Play April 21 – 24, 2011 Thursday – Saturday 7 pm Sunday 4 pm Directed by Pastor Patrinell Wright & Dan Niven Ebenezer AME Zion Church 1716 23rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 322-6620 Tickets at or call (1-800) 838-3006 or 206-919-6130 Join us on Facebook! PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT ISHINOMAKI JAPAN'S DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS
To all of our wonderful friends and supporters: It is hard to imagine but here we are at 35 years of continuous service to the world. Total Experience Gospel Choir is grateful and thankful for these years and will celebrate on Sunday, October 26, 3 p.m., at the Madrona Presbyterian Church, 832 32nd Avenue in Seattle's Central Area. There will be music, dance and poetry. Special guest Master of Ceremonies will be the Reverend Sam Roberson, pastor of the Community Baptist Church of Henderson, NV (a suburb of Las Vegas). Pastor Roberson has been a supporter and friend of the choir since 1978. In addition, many members of the choir's alumni will be returning to blend their voices and love with the "now" experience for an afternoon of sheer bliss! You will want to get there early for great seats! There is no admission, however a freewill offering will be requested to help the choir continue their hurricane relief ministry on the Gulf Coast. For additional information, you may contact our fearless founder and director, Pastor Pat Wright at 206 322-7904. See you October 26 at 3 p.m.
Thank you to all who have supported our visions and work throughout the year of 2007. Now, we are embarking upon greater goals in 2008. Our work in Mississippi and Louisiana continues. It is our plan to visit MS on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008. We have identified a house in Gulfport, MS which we are working diligently to partially raze and rebuild in 6 days. We cannot do this without your continued support. The family who lives in this house and a very small FEMA trailer have been in this squalor for 2 1/2 years now. Seven of the rooms are filled with mildew and mold and have been shut off from the other two rooms - the kitchen and part of the living room. They sleep in the kitchen together most evenings as the FEMA trailer is much too small. To relieve the parents of some of their frustrations, TEGC flew them to Seattle on December 18, 2007. In Seattle, they were treated royally and were so thankful to the people who worked, untiringly, to make sure that they had a wonderful time. They were interviewed by radio stations and were the guests of Seattle Prep High School as well. The students at Seattle Prep went out of their way to show them their greatest hospitality. They saw 3 performances of "Black Nativity" at the Intiman Theater - their first time at a professional production. They were "blown off of their feet". They loved it and have not stopped talking about the effect it had on their lives. TEGC, along with students from Seattle Prep, Holy Names, Seattle University and other schools, will join Pastor Pat Wright, Randy Novak (Zuma Media) in their sojourn to MS. The group is greatly in need of building materials of all kinds, tools, furnishing and everything aassociated with a rebuild. YOU can help! We are requesting that you would load up gift cards from Lowe's and Wal-Mart. These two are the major chains in the area. They (the chains) also employ many of the people who are in the area. Money is always needed as well. Persons wishing to aid and assist in any way - including your presence on the trip - may reply to: Pastor Pat Wright, P. O. Box 22776, Seattle, WA 98122. Or, you may e-mail Pastor Wright at: You may also call her at (206) 322-7904. What a wonderful way to help someone else enjoy this New Year! May we hear from you soon??? In case you have not heard, Pastor Pat Wright was one of the ABC News "Persons of the Year" broadcast on December 27, 2007. Let's help her to succeed in this ambitious undertaking. May God continue to bless!!
The month of July has been declared "Hurricane Relief Month" by Total Experience Gospel Choir. We are hopeful that each of you will support the many events in July where the proceeds will benefit the purchase of our first Katrina cottage. It is the desire of the choir to present the keys to this cottage this summer to an 87-year old woman and her son. This wonderful woman's wish is to own a property that belongs to her before she departs this earth. Won't you help us make this dream a reality? Katrina cottages sell for $55-60/square foot. Monies earmarked for the cottage will go directly to that fund. For tax deductible donations, please make checks payable to "Seattle Artists" and indicate that the monies are for "cottage". Donations may be mailed to: Seattle Artists, c/o Total Experience Gospel Choir, P. O. Box 22776, Seattle, WA 98122-0776. For information, you may call Pastor Pat Wright at (206) 322-7904. It is the plan of Total Experience Gospel Choir to return to the Gulf Coast on August 23, 2007. God bless!!
Just to keep you informed for our Japanese supporters as well as our supporters worldwide. If you just happen to be in Japan May 11-20, here is our schedule: May 10 - TEGC will leave for Narita/Tokyo at 12:56 p.m., Flight #875. May 11 - Hamamatsu Hotel - home for 4 nights (Tel: +81-53-452-2112) May 12 - Grand Hotel Hamamatsu Concert May 13 - Lions Club Annjual Meeting - Hamamatsu Hall May 14 - Visitation day in Hamamatsu with a BBQ Paraty at Hamamatsu Castle Park May 15 - Utsunomiya Culture Hall (Utsunomiya, Tochigi Hotel) Tokoyo Inn Utsunomiya Station - Tel: +81-28-624-1045 May 16 - Visiting in Utsunomiya. Workshops pending May 17 - Kawanishi Friendly Plaza (Kawanishi, Yamagata Hotel: Toyoko Inn Yonezawa (Tel: +81-238-22-2045) May 18 - Ezuko Hall (Oogawara, Miyagi) Hotel: Royal Hotel Miyagi-Zaoh (Tel: +81-225-96-5411 May 19 - Ishinomaki Culture Center (Ishinomake, Miyagi) Hotel: Riverside Hotel Ishinomaki (Tel: +81-225-96-5411) May 20 - Tamagawa Kumin Kaikan Hall (setagaya, Tokyo) Hotel: Komaba Eninence (Tel: +81-3-34851415) May 21 Leaving Tokyo and will arrive in Seattle on the same day at 9:43 a.m.

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