Mary Pattison Chapel Concert

Tamara Mary Pattison Chapel Concert

Wow…. what a fun time I had putting on this concert.  The Mary Pattison Chapel had great lights and sound creating an amazing atmosphere.  Charmaine Findley was definitely a vibrant and energetic Master of Ceremonies guiding us thru the evening.  Marcello Reid changed up his usual Reggae tunes for a soulful ballad singing, ‘You Raise Me Up”.  Ciela Estrada carried us away with her angelic voice and unique style of singing.  She looked so beautiful sitting with her guitar next to the soft blue lit willow tree.  Kenneth Whitney took us to church as he joined me and my group singing O Happy Day.  When Ken sings you can not stay sitting.  He moves you with his amazing voice and upbeat stage presence.  Theo Bessem was stellar as usual with her smooth voice, great original songs and beautiful smile.  Its always an honor to have her be part of my show.  Robyn St. Amand….. always makes me melt when he sings.  Such passion and power in his God Given voice.  This concert was special for me having my whole immediate family, my cousin Mike and my nieces and nephews, my children, my parents…all in attendance.  Sneaking my brother, Dan Arbeau, up by surprise to play bass for a song, and having my beautiful sister Jennifer Arbeau sing a duet with me, truly was special and a highlight for me.  I do have to say it was fun feeling a bit like a diva when my husband, Jerry Kleinsasser, held my hand and walked me down the steps during my first song.  Dressed in a beautiful and sparkling red gown, I felt so confidant and it allowed me to get over my usual jitters and just fully enjoy being in the moment.  Singing is the very thing that makes me come alive.  I just took my time and enjoyed myself.  Each song was chosen because of its message and I sang each song in hopes of encouraging someone in the audience.  A few of my favorite songs of the night were Smile Again by Kirk franklin, Little More Jesus by Erica Campbell and His Eye Is On The Sparrow by Lauren Hill.  It was fun sharing the stage with some talented singers and musicians.  I was backed up on vocals by Candace Sparkes, Kimberly Ferguson, Daisy Santos, Lecia, and Karen Drysdale. A few songs accompanied by Pianist Lazlo Czonka, Rod on the Bass, Dominik Czonka on drums made for some great sounding music and songs!  These musicians and singers volunteered there time to participate in the show and it wouldn’t have been what it was without them.  And of course I cannot forget to mention the amazing Sound Technician, Ettiene Mangala!  What a humble and sweet human being whom I am blessed to work with.  Arlen Quashi surprised me and showed up with some guests and started snapping away and took some great photo’s of the night to help capture some memories.  I can’t wait until my next show, just around the corner next month.  Another Christmas concert in the works!  Its gonna be great.  See ya there!

 

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