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HOW SWEET THE SOUND - RETURNS
How Sweet The Sound is back, returning for 1 Live show ONLY at The Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Come and celebrate with Grammy and Stellar awarding winning National Gospel Artist as they Perform and Judge Americas best choirs, soloists and dance ensembles.
HOW SWEET THE SOUND - BEHIND THE MUSIC
A Kansas City, MO native, gospel artist, and praise & worship testifier, DeWayne Woods got his musical education at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts and began his professional career proper after a chance meeting with John P. Kee. He soon became a key member of Kee’s gospel ensemble, the New Life Community Choir, and continued with Kee’s next ensemble, the Company. He worked with several of contemporary gospel’s leading lights, and backed artists Celine Dion, Kirk Whalum, Kurt Carr, and Karen Clark-Sheard, among others, before launching his own solo career and ministry. His first album, Introducing DeWayne Woods & When Singers Meet, generated a huge gospel hit with “Let Go” in 2007, earning the singer numerous awards, allowing him to relocate from Chicago to Atlanta and assume the role of Director of Worship & Arts at Divine Faith Ministries International. After contracting the HIV virus in the '90s, Woodsgenerated some controversy when he announced he had stopped taking the various drugs that kept the virus in check, had put his health in the hands of God, and then declared that he was healed. Healed or not, it didn't keep him from singing, ministering, and staying positive in his life. His second album, My Life’s Lyric, produced -- like his first -- by P.J. Morton, Daniel Weatherspoon, and Aaron Lindsey, appeared in 2010.
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Patrick Riddick & D'vyne Worship
Inspired by his Grandmother’s gospel records, a four- year-old Patrick climbed atop a piano bench and began to play by ear. Thus began his lifetime love affair with gospel music, a passion which has consumed and driven him…
Patrick attended Norfolk State University and received the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal music and in 2016 he completed his Masters Degree at Liberty University. While attending NSU, he was appointed director of the Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir and won many awards and choral competitions with them. For 10 years, Patrick has blessed the NSU Voices of Inspirations with his desire to "Sing unto the Lord a New Song." Together they praised God almighty, offering songs of praise that warm the souls of those proclaiming the spirit of the Lord.
Licensed to preach in 2002, Patrick has served as the Worship Pastor to one of the top-tiered churches within Hampton Roads Region. Revered by many as a true gospel choirmaster, he has often been noted for his tremendous ability to write, arrange and produce music that is stirring and always appropriate for worship. He is best celebrated for his flamboyant, aggressive, high energy, yet technical style of choir directing and has been deemed as the "Prince of Choirs". He has served as a background vocalist and choir director for many plays, gospel artists, recordings and workshops. He currently serves under his mentor Minister Ricky Dillard as assistant director in his, Grammy nominated, Stellar Award winning choir New Generation Chorale, Chicago, Illinois.
Patrick is also the founder and conductor of his national recording choir D’vyne Worship; a 50+ voice choral aggregate which sings not only gospel and contemporary songs, but anthems as well. Under his leadership, this choir has charted on Billboard Music's Top 10 and received national recognition from the voting academy of The Stellar Awards.
He serves as the VA 2nd Jurisdiction's State Minister of Music COGIC, VA 2nd Jurisdiction's AIM Vice-Chairman, Chorum of Directors for the International Music Department COGIC, Department Cantor for the International Department of Evangelism COGIC, Music Coordinator for International Mens Department COGIC, and holds a seat on the Contemporary Adult Division Board of GMWA. Patrick frequently travels the country, as he is called upon to serve as guest conductor, vocalist, clinician, lecturer and evangelist. In 2015 Elder Riddick launched a life empowering bible study entitled "Moments of Deliverance" which is geared to equip and develop all whom desire to grow in their Christian Faith.
Born and raised in Anderson, SC, Shawn has been a renowned vocalist for years. At the age of 20, he heard God’s call of being a worship leader and joined Mount Zion Baptist Church in Belton, SC to serve under Pastor Kenneth Dean. Along with the training of his Minister of Music, Brandon Groves, and the Director of the Anderson University Ensemble, Mr. Leonard Johnson, Shawn began to experience worship at a new level and gained a greater understanding of God and His purpose for our lives. Throughout the years, Shawn’s ministry has thrived making room for him to share his musical gift all over the country including London and Japan.
Shawn released his first EP #TheSetList Volume 1 in 2014 which is an amazing collection of praise and worship music used by ministries in churches across the globe. The widely acclaimed project entered in at number 27 on the Billboard charts in its first week which for an independent artist without record label representation was rare.
Shawn’s anointed vocal and song writing gift creates worship ballads that conceives an atmosphere of freedom to worship. Shawn has been featured both vocally and as a songwriter on several national recording projects such as the hit single “Walking in Favor” featuring Pastor John P. Kee and Zarcardi Cortez. Other major projects include the Anderson University Ensemble’s Live recording “Thank You”, Earnest Pugh’s “Earnestly Yours”, Pastor David Wright & the New York Fellowship Choir “Next Generation”, Hart Ramsey & the NCC Family Choir “True Story” Project & Jason Nelson "Never Go A Day". Shawn continues to record, write and produce new and exciting projects that propel the worship experience to new dimensions.
Shawn served as Worship Leader at New Life Fellowship in Charlotte, NC for 5 and a half years under one of his musical influences and mentors, Pastor John P. Kee. He toured extensively with Pastor Kee and New Life across the United States and the Country. Currently Shawn is serving as the Creative Arts Director at Right Direction Church International in Columbia, SC under the leadership of Drs. Herbert and Marcia Bailey. It is here that he not only leads worship but has the privilege of mentoring and training rising worship leaders.
The Teacher & Clinician
Shawn is a dynamic teacher and clinician on praise and worship. He conducts various workshops and clinics all over assisting ministries and worship leaders in the area of worship and vocal techniques. His teaching encompasses various layers that enhances and fosters the tools necessary to build leaders and music ministries after God’s own heart.
Shawn Bigby has a heart and passion for praise and worship and desires for others to experience God through worship at a higher level. His indescribable and untainted flow initiates and connects the worshipper to a meaningful encounter with God. Through an engaging and demonstrative worship experience led by Shawn, the worshipper is able to embrace the full raw presence of God.
The Husband & Family Man
Shawn is happily married to his best friend Caress Bigby. Shawn likes enjoying great food with family and friends, watching wrestling, and bringing joy to others.