Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, the multiple Stellar Award-nominated Gospel choir, is preparing to celebrate 20 years of singing God’s praises. Known for backing up popular Gospel and mainstream recording artists such as Tramaine Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Albertina Walker, B.B. King, Lyle Lovett, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, and Jennifer Holliday, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music are also known for their dynamic performances, impeccable artistry and pure anointing. With years of ministry behind them, they are taking time out to commemorate those years at their 20th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for Saturday, November 8th at 5PM. The event takes place at Reid Temple AME Church located at 11400 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale, MD, where Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington pastors. The celebration is also a live recording featuring the vocal talents of Kathy Taylor and the DC debut of Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music – GA Connection. To purchase tickets, log on to www.plundymom.com.
Lundy is excited about the choir’s milestone. Always a lover of Gospel music, he got the idea of forming the group during his time as a member of two popular choirs. While singing with the Georgia Mass Choir and working under directors Rev. Milton Biggham and James Bignon, Lundy was captivated by the choir sound. His time with the Howard Gospel Choir, under the direction of Paul Gatlin, further solidified his calling to Gospel music and choir directing. Those experiences led him to start Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music. Fascinated by the diversity of the repertoire and the versatility of the singers in those choirs, he has recreated those special qualities in his own choir, The Ministers of Music.
“When I formed The Ministers of Music, I was looking for singers who weren’t just gifted and talented, but also anointed,” Lundy shares. “The real vision of The Ministers of Music is to bring together leadership in music. Many of the members are ministers of music, directors of church music, praise and worship leaders, music educators and preachers of the Gospel. These are people who are truly called to do what they do.”
He believes the key to the choir’s longevity is the commitment of the members. He says, “I have had the right people who have understood the importance of ministry over industry. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s about. It’s about ministry.” It’s that ministry focus that has allowed doors to be opened for the choir.
They have performed all over the country, but, some of their most prestigious performances have been right at home, at the White House, U.S. Senate and U.S. Supreme Court. They also ministered at three Obama Inaugural Weekend events in 2009. In addition to appearing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lisner Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral and Warner Theatre, they have performed in Lisbon, Portugal, the Bahamas and Bermuda and toured Spain and Italy. With 7 CDs under their belt, the group has been nominated for Stellar Awards and African American Religious Connection Awards. In August 2006, they received the first En Sound Music Awards for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “In The Fellowship”. They were named Best Gospel Choir of the Year (2010) at the 25th Annual Washington Area Music Association Awards (Wammies), held on February 20, 2011, and just last month, their song, “Take It to the Lord in Prayer” was named “Pick of the Week” by the Journal of Gospel Music (formerly known as The Black Gospel Blog).
Patrick Lundy is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Music Business with a concentration in management and voice. He is a composer, arranger, and workshop clinician and the Director, Christian Fine Arts at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, MD, where he serves under the Senior Minister of Music, the award-winning “Sweetheart of Gospel”, Myrna Summers. For more information about Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, log on to www.plundymom.com. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.