July 10, 2012 > Patrice Pike headlines Niles Concert
Patrice Pike headlines Niles Concert
Submitted By Michael McNevin, Photo by Ben Aqua
Austin, Texas is known for its laid back, bohemian yet ultra committed music scene -something Austin native Patrice Pike immediately conveys. She's been a professional musician and songwriter since she was sixteen, but has maintained such a raw, down-to-earth quality and irrepressible talent that Billboard magazine proclaimed her "one of the finest up and coming contemporary rock singers in America".
Pike is known to many as the electric front woman for the seminal Austin jam band Sister Seven which she co-founded when she was barely out of The High School for the performing and visual arts at Booker T. Washington in Dallas Texas. Their first major label album was a rare and unique live recording which at that time was unheard of in the music industry for a new breaking band. Patrice wrote and sang Sister Seven's top 10 Billboard hit "Know What You Mean'. She was the USA Songwriting Competition Grand Prize Winner overall for the song "My Three Wishes", co-written with her Sister Seven band members. In this contest she also garnered top prize for Pop category for "Nobody Knows" written with famed songwriter/producer John Shanks.
Her solo material has taken an increasingly narrative turn. Over the past decade, she has independently released four acclaimed solo records, showcasing her socially astute, literate lyrics alongside her powerful vocals. The resilient Pike has been able to adapt repeatedly to a rapidly changing music landscape that bears no resemblance to the one she entered as a 16 year old. Patrice was the youngest musician inducted into the Austin/Texas Music Hall of Fame. Along with that honor she was also named Musician of the Year, Best Female Vocalist, and Song of the year in Austin for her song Beautiful Thing, which she debuted on CBS in the Summer of 2006.
She has continued to grow and evolve as both a songwriter and a performer, and is currently producing arguably the finest work of her music career. Long a respected social and environmental activist, she is also the co-founder and now executive director of the Grace Foundation of Texas, an organization that provides services for young adult survivors of homelessness. She is as passionate as they come and in one of her own fans words, "Patrice is truly unforgettable. I listen to her as much as I can. I love the love she sings. I know it's real."