Interview With "Up-N-Coming" Gospel Artist, Pat Pennington
By: Carl B. Phillips
DG.com (Carl B): Pat, most people know
you from your recording of “In Times Like These” on the
“Detroit Sings Nu Hymnz” project (produced by Grammy nominated
and Stellar Award winning artist Deitrick Haddon). What did that recording
mean to you?
Pat: Recording with
Detroit Sings Nu Hymnz, was an awesome experience of worship for me
and it showed me how you can bring all types of denominations together.
Whether you were Baptist, Apostolic, or COGIC, we were all lifting
The Most High up in worship on one stage together. So many yokes were
broken that night. The recording was just awesome for me. Singing
“In Times Like These” was a message to all, and I know
that God used me to sing as a vessel to Him, to spread the message
that we need Him now in times like these.
DG.com (Carl B): You’ve also worked with Deitrick
and Damita Haddon on other projects. What are some of the things they’ve
Pat: Working with
Deitrick & Damita taught me discipline in worship and how to set
the atmosphere for the next level. If you know Deitrick, you will
find that he has an expertise and he knows how to flow in worship.
[This] helped me and allowed me to understand when you are out on
the road, or at home in your own church ministry, it is very important
to stay focused on ministry and forget about the rest.
DG.com (Carl B): You have a rich heritage in Detroit
gospel music, tell our readers about your upbringing.
Growing up in a home as the 7th child
and the baby sister of awesome siblings, not to mention my mom, the
late Jean Reed (at that time she was known as the “Gospel Seed
of WCHB”), was special for me. Going to the radio station with
my mom, as she worked serving the community with gospel music, was
fun and as I watched mom, I often thought, ‘I want to do what
she is doing,’ which was sing, play gospel music, and become
an entrepreneur. She was a motivation to me and my siblings. My brothers
would travel as the Evereadys gospel group and mom would push there
ministry along with others. Often her and my dad, the late Charles
Pennington (whom also was one of the gospel extraordinaires of music),
would bring the biggest gospel concerts in the quartet field to Detroit.
A lot of people remember my father as “chicken rice and gravy”
or the “old roaches” commercial from years ago. When you
come up in a saved family, the treasure of unity and faith remains
number one in my life.
Dg.com (Carl B): In stores now is your new maxi single
“Just Ask”. Why did you decide to pursue a career in recording?
Pat: Actually my
single is "Ask it." When you are born to do something, no
matter how you try to not do just that, you always become what your
were designed to do. I believe God has chosen me to pursue a career
in music because all I know is music, church, sing, church, music,
pray and fast. There is a message that needs to cross the nations.
I will be one of the soldiers that will spread the gospel through
DG.com (Carl B): The two songs on the maxi single
“I.O.U.” and “Just Ask” reflect personal experiences.
Tell us how the songs were birthed.
was birthed at a time in my life when I had moved out on my own and
as a single parent. At that time it was hard for me. I made some decisions
that I could not handle and one day tears rolled out my eyes at my
kitchen table. My business of doing hair was slow and bills were coming
left and right. I was thanking Him because all of my needs were still
met and somehow I managed to make it. Even though I don’t know
where the money came from, He seen fit to smile on me and my daughter.
"Ask It” was birthed as a child listening
to my mother always saying, ‘Ask it, whatever you need, never
steal, just pray and believe He will do it’. So, I managed to
take those words and put them into a traditional churchy sound so
that others could understand the message in the song.
DG.com (Carl B): When can we expect a full CD from
Pat Pennington Kendricks?
Pat: I plan to do
a live recording this coming Spring or early Summer. So, the full
CD should be in stores Fall 2005.
DG.com (Carl B): Coming up with a traditional gospel
music background, do you find it challenging singing contemporary
It is a challenge for me, but I like challenge.
I don’t look at it as what kind of music we label it. It is
all ministry in song. That is why I don’t want to be put in
a certain category because I am a worshiper, and my album will have
all music such as praise and worship, quartet, traditional, contemporary,
jazz, and ballads. I just want to be me. God has not labeled me. I
just want to give Him my all in everything I do. So, therefore, whatever
it takes to get the message out, whether it is any of the above categories
as we say, then praise God.
DG.com (Carl B): In addition to being a recording
artist you are also a wife, a mother, and a businesswoman. How do
you manage to balance all those roles?
Pat: I am often
asked that question because I am completing my last year at Davenport
University where I will be receiving my Bachelor degree in Marketing
and my load is heavy. Yet still I owe God my all because he balances
me to be all of that in the time needed. When I am at my business,
I am the entrepreneur. When I leave, I am the mother and wife. Then,
at school, I am the student. But always I remain a child of God which
carries me through the day and that is where I get my strength, guidance,
load lifting, and my ability to go out and minister in song.
DG.com (Carl B): You are a member of High Praise,
where your pastor is Bishop Clarence Haddon. How important is it to
you to have a pastor to not only nurture you spiritually, but also
assist in guiding and supporting your recording career?
Pat: Very important.
Having a covering allows me to know that spiritually my pastors can
answer any questions or concern I have in the middle of the night.
Bishop is like a father and he supports my recording career and has
guided me in areas I had no knowledge spiritually. So I thank God
for Bishop & Prophetess Haddon.
DG.com (Carl B): If someone wants to contact you
for an engagement or to purchase your new CD, how can they reach you?
Pat Pennington-Kendricks Contact Info
Rhythm One Management Group
"Ask It" CD Single (with "Ask It"
and "I.O.U.") available now at the following Detroit retailers:
- Gods World on W. 7-Mile
- Fashion Final'e on W. Livernois & 6-Mile
- Admirations Hair Studio on W. McNichols @Stahelin
- Simsons Music on the Eastside of Detroit