What’s Up With: Leon Patillo

Nashville-based Christian music distributor TAG Artist Group has
partnered with contemporary gospel music pioneer and former Santana
front-man Leon Patillo for the release of “Live Experience 2.” The
live concert CD will be released August 16.
The singer/songwriter is perhaps best known in music circles for
fronting the multi-platinum group Santana, as well as for his work
with Funkadelic and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. But for the past
25 years, Patillo has been on a ground-breaking contemporary gospel
solo career.
“Man, let me tell you, it’s been an incredible ride,” states
Patillo. “The Lord is good and He’s been using all the experiences
I’ve had in music to help me become a more effective minister.”
After stepping down from Santana in 1979 after six years recording
and touring, Patillo signed with Word Records and released the
cutting edge gospel project “Dance Children Dance.” Numerous projects
followed throughout the 80s and 90s, spawning such hits
as “J.E.S.U.S.,” “Cornerstone,” and the wedding anthem “Flesh of My
Since 1999, Patillo has been performing for the “Get Motivated”
conferences, which has put him on stage with everyone from Colin
Powell to George Foreman to all of the living U.S. Presidents. But
after several years away from recording, Leon decided it was time to
finally get back to recording, resulting in a new live CD project.
“Live Experience 2,” the follow up to the 1983 Word Records
release “Live Experience,” is a live concert recording featuring new
songs along with several of Patillo’s biggest hits
including “J.E.S.U.S.” and “Born Again Woman”, a reworking of the
Santana hit “Black Magic Woman.”
“There’s something for everyone on it,” says Patillo. “Those that
have followed me since the beginning and the young people who may be
hearing me for the first time. It’s sure to give you all the feelings
and energy of coming to a Leon Patillo concert and hopefully help
start a foundation for someone’s spiritual life that may not already
have one.”
Marketing highlights include national concert appearances, continued
performances at the Get Motivated Conferences, and numerous
television appearances on Christian networks worldwide.
Patillo joins the TAG roster alongside such artists as Phil Keaggy,
Bryan Duncan, Bruce Carroll, Chuckie Perez, Chronos, Steve Archer,
Anthony Burger, Substance, Kent Bottenfield and Joy Oliver.
TAG Distribution is a subsidiary of TAG Artist Group, LLC. The
company was formed in 2004 by industry veteran Dan Huisinga, whose
broad experience includes a recording contract with Warner Bros. and
his previous role of Director of International Sales and Marketing
for Provident Distribution. TAG is a part of his continuing personal
mission statement, “To increase the sales and marketing of Christian
music throughout the world.”
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