Our producer and co-director Tia Young captured the moment when Rev. Gregory Staten read a glowing proclamation issued by the mayor of Carthage, Texas, honoring and welcoming Patrinell Staten Wright, during the “Big Day” celebration at Walnut Grove Baptist Church on August 12, 2018. Continue reading A proclamation from the mayor of Carthage, Texas, honoring Patrinell
Today, October 1st, 2018, is the 48th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death. When the Hendrix family needed someone to sing at Jimi Hendrix’s funeral, who did they ask? Patrinell Wright, of course! Pastor Pat describes the experience in this interview filmed in the Oneness Center from the 2010 documentary Wheedle’s Groove. Continue reading Pastor Patrinell Staten Wright at Jimi Hendrix’s funeral
A big “Thank you” goes out to Seattle Times columnist Tyrone Beason, who wrote a wonderful article on Pastor Patrinell Wright that mentions our documentary, Patrinell: The Total Experience! In the article Pastor Pat talks about what it was like to sing for President Obama and what it has been like helping people in Seattle and around the world grasp the meaning of African-American gospel … Continue reading Patrinell in The Seattle Times: “Total Experience Gospel Choir’s last days”
When Patrinell sang for the Dalai Lama from Andrew Elizaga on Vimeo. In this interview with Shirts Across America executive director Randy Novak, Pastor Patrinell Wright recalls singing for the Dalai Lama during his visit to Seattle in October 1979. The 44 year-old exiled spiritual and political leader of Tibet arrived in Seattle for a three day visit on October 3rd, 1979. Seattle University gave … Continue reading Patrinell recalls the time she sang for the Dalai Lama
We Are The World from Andrew Elizaga on Vimeo. Just needed to share this amazing video of Patrinell’s son Patrick singing that 80s favorite “We Are The World” at the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) benefit concert in Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1989. Continue reading We Are The World
We are overwhelmed by the response to last night’s test screening and couldn’t believe that they had to bring extra chairs into the theater! We know people had other things they would rather be doing on a beautiful Sunday afternoon on Labor Day weekend than sitting in a dark theater, but people came from as far a Tacoma and Bainbridge Island to see this film! Our … Continue reading Standing room only for our test screening of “Patrinell”!
Patrinell with Dave Matthews in New Orleans from Andrew Elizaga on Vimeo. Today is the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast. Distressed by the plight of the victims, Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir launched a relief effort which brought them to New Orleans in 2006 to help rebuild homes damaged by the hurricane. In 2017, Pastor Pat returned … Continue reading Patrinell and Dave Matthews in New Orleans
We are super excited to announce the 45th Anniversary Concert of the Total Experience Gospel Choir! It will be held at the Moore Theater on 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at 3:30 PM. The Patrinell Team will be there recording the event and we also will be showing some vintage footage from the extensive video archive. This final celebration … Continue reading The Total Experience Gospel Choir 45th Anniversary Concert Announced!
Population data from 1960: African Americans in Seattle were concentrated around the Central Area. Patrinell husband Benny Wright says that Seattle’s Central Area (also known as the Central District) used to be primarily a Jewish neighborhood. The term “ghetto” originally referred to an urban area where Jews lived. African Americans tended to settle in these areas in northern cities partly because housing was most affordable there, … Continue reading The Origin of Seattle’s Ghetto
Pastor Pat Wright graduated in 1961 from Turner High School, a segregation-era black school in Carthage, Texas. Her classmates remember her as being extremely sociable, talented, and smart. From what we can tell from the 1961 Turner High School yearbook, “Patrinelle” was a member of the Spanish Club and a choral group known as “The Jivettes”. These images were graciously provided by Cecil Morris, who … Continue reading Patrinell’s former classmates recall life at Turner High School