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Patrice Williamson

Some people are just born to music.

Patrice Williamson’s childhood home in Memphis, Tennessee was filled with music. Her late father, Webster Williamson, was an amateur singer, choir director, and pillar of the St. Stephen’s Baptist Church music ministry, and he introduced his children early on to both sacred music and the secular styles of legendary figures like Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Lena Horne. Encouraged by her mother, Lillie Rivers Williamson, Patrice followed in the footsteps of her elder sister Denise and began studying the violin, making her debut at age four in front of the St. Stephen’s congregation in a duet with her sister. From that moment on she was hooked on music, and in addition to her violin lessons, she began studying the piano at age seven and the flute at age eleven.

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