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Gospel Worship Leader, Singer, and Songwriter, Patrick Dopson and his independent label Oilonit Music have announced the release of his highly anticipated album debut, OPEN THE HEAVENS, in stores May 1st. His single, “Keep Me” from the forthcoming CD, produced by Noel Hall and Dopson, has soared over 40 slots on the charts since his 2012 Stellar Radio Awards performance to a place within Billboard Gospel’s TOP 30. In addition, his song ‘Open the Heavens’ was selected as one of the TOP 25 GOSPEL PRAISE & WORSHIP SONGS of 2012 released by Maranatha Music / EMI.

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with Patrick on his upcoming project,” commented Vicki Mack Lataillade, Lataillade Entertainment and Chief Marketing Officer at Central South Distribution. “With Patrick’s powerful vocals and his background as a worship leader, this new project is sure to be a blessing to the church.”

Beginning his life in music ministry at age seven, Dopson played drums and sang in the church his father pastored in Selma, Ala. Since then, his journey of ministering through music has blessed him with opportunities to work alongside some of the most-respected artists and pastors, including a contribution as a writer and singer on Fred Hammond’s first GRAMMY Award-winning project, “Free To Worship.”

“Patrick Dopson is a powerful minister and a man of faith who uses his music for kingdom work,” said Hammond. “His songs have blessed me.”

Dopson has shared the stage and opened for artists such as Israel Houghton, Martha Munizzi, Yolanda Adams, Ruben Studdard, Tamela Mann, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.

“Patrick Dopson is one of this generation’s greatest voices,” said Martha Munizzi. “He is a true worshiper with a fresh sound and is anointed with a unique ability to lead God’s people into His presence.”

Stellar Award-winning artist, Pastor John P. Kee, says “Meeting Patrick Dopson afforded me the opportunity to witness one of the world’s genuine, anointed vocal wonders! I say this without reservation. Being a part of the fabric of The Gospel Music Genre for almost four decades, I’ve never met such a gift with a heart for the Gift Giver! His message is clear and his gift and presentation corroborates what he stands for and believes! As you listen to Patrick prepare for a unique, soulful delivery that’s not only believable but anointed…”

Check out his hit single, “Keep Me,” on YouTube:  

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