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21st Annual Gospel Music Workshop & Concert!
Featuring Steven Roberts

Peter Hernandez - January 29, 2016

Come be a part of the magic! Sing on stage with Mama Pat’s Inner Light Gospel Choir as they celebrate 36 years in the Santa Barbara community with a Gospel Music Workshop!  Read more...

Inner Light Choir Producing Its First Studio Album!

Constant Contact Newsletter - June 2015

MiriamHello Inner Light Family & Friends!!  After 35 years of "Touching Hearts and Lifting Spirits," Inner Light Gospel Choir is producing its first studio album! We are featuring the songs of Miriam Dance Leavy, who you might remember from our episode on Oxygen Network's "Fix My Choir."  Read more...


Inner Light Gospel Choir
was featured on Oxygen Network's new reality show, "Fix My Choir" on December 10, 2014.


[Oxygen website]

Click here for the full episode!
(in upper right, choose "Direct Download")

Fix My Choir 1

Something to sing about:  National reality show
chooses local choir for upcoming season

Ted Mills/News-Press - June 16, 2014; Photo by Michael Moriatis/News-Press

Lobero TheatreA new reality show from the Oxygen network shot an episode at the Lobero Theatre on Sunday and used one of Santa Barbara's longest lasting choirs as part of its upcoming season. The as-yet-untitled program, slated for a premiere sometime in November, takes choirs that need some sort of help and assists them in getting to the next level. Read more...


Santa Barbara March Honors the
Memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Gina Potthoff/Noozhawk - January 20, 2014; Video by Justin Covington/Noozhawk




WillBridge of Santa Barbara Benefit to Feature 2 Local Choirs

Gloria Regan for WillBridge of Santa Barbara, Noozhawk - November 19, 2011

WillBridge of Santa Barbara will hold the 2011 rendition of its annual winter celebration on Dec. 6. In addition to highlighting WillBridge’s efforts to help people who are homeless find housing, stability and treatment, this year’s event will feature the triumphant return of two choirs, Marymount Soul, a student choir from Marymount of Santa Barbara, and the Inner Light Gospel Choir. Read more...

Non-Profit of the Week

Edhat Santa Barbara - December 20, 2009

Group photoFor 29 years, performance, education and service have been the hallmarks of Mama Pat's Inner Light Community Gospel Choir, founded by Bishop Pat (Mama Pat) Patrick, a well-known and beloved figure in Southern California. Mama Pat began what has become a tradition: extending an open invitation to everyone in the community who loves to sing to add their voices to this music of America. Read more...

Mama Pat’s Inner Light Community Gospel Choir
At the Marjorie Luke Theatre

Tanya Spears Guiliacci, Santa Barbara Independent - February 14, 2008

Steven RobertsOne voice! ... In January I saw the Inner Light Community Gospel Choir for the first time as the opening act for Odetta at the Lobero. When Reverend Michelle Lawyer, member since 1980, sang “Motherless Child,” I just lost it. It was so beautiful; just thinking about it now I’m holding back tears. Read more...
Photos from Muddy Waters 2012