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Patrick Henderson

Patrick Henderson

American musician
Patrick Henderson
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Intro American musician
Is Musician
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
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For the Irish hurler, see Pat Henderson; for vocalist Pat (Patricia) Henderson see a, b, c, or d.
Reverend Patrick Henderson is a gospel keyboard player, songwriter and producer. He has written several songs in collaboration with Michael McDonald, playing on a number of his and the Doobie Brothers albums. Henderson has long associations with many other artists as well, including Leon Russell, Michael Bolton, Nils Lofgren and Freddie King. He won a Gospel Music Association "Dove Award" for Best Contemporary Gospel Record Song of the Year in 1990.


Henderson contributed the story of how his hand was cut off by an insane fan to the 2006 book by David Ritz.


Henderson has a very long and diverse list of music-related credits extending from the early 1970s. The following lists are indicative, but are by no means complete.

Keyboards / Piano / Organ (incomplete)

  • 1973 "Woman Across the River" (Freddie King)
  • 1977 "I Came to Dance" (Nils Lofgren)
  • 1977 "Night After Night" (Nils Lofgren)
  • 1977 "Coast to Coast" (Original Soundtrack)
  • 1977 "Twilley Don't Mind" (Dwight Twilley)
  • 1979 "Bop Till You Drop" (Ry Cooder)
  • 1980 "One Step Closer" (Doobie Brothers)
  • 1983 "Arcade" (Patrick Simmons)
  • 1983 "Michael Bolton" (Michael Bolton)
  • 1985 "Gettin' Away with Murder" (Patti Austin)
  • 1997 "Flame" (Patti LaBelle)
  • 1999 "Long Train Runnin'" (Doobie Brothers)
  • 2001 "Greatest Hits" (Doobie Brothers)
  • 2001 "Ultimate Collection" (Freddie King)
  • 2005 "Greatest Hits" (Michael McDonald)

Songwriter (incomplete)

  • "Real Love" (with McDonald) - appears on One Step Closer
  • "Open Your Eyes" (with McDonald and Lester Abrams) on Minute by Minute
  • "Lay It on the Line" (with Wornell Jones) on "Energy" (The Pointer Sisters)
  • "Fall in Love Again" and "You Are My Happiness" (both with Wornell Jones) on the McCrarys' album, Just for You

Filmography (incomplete)

  • 1986 "Fire with Fire" - Songwriter
  • 1987 "Kandyland" - Songwriter
  • 1987 "Hearts of Fire" - Songwriter

Other (incomplete)

  • 1973 "Leon Live" (Leon Russell) - Arranger, Vocals (Background)
  • 1975 "Will O' the Wisp" (Leon Russell) - Tambourine
  • 1976 "Best of Leon Russell" (Leon Russell) - Tabla
  • 1978" "Energy" (The Pointer Sisters) - Songwriter
  • 1979 "Open Your Eyes" (Maria Muldaur) - Producer, Tambourine
  • 1989 "Mom & Pop Winans" (Mom & Pop Winans) - Producer, Synthesizer Horn
  • 1990 "Break Forth into Praise" (Pastor Donald Alford & the Progressive Radio Choir) - Executive Producer
  • 1991 "Mixed Emotions" (David Peaston) - Composer
  • 1992 "Timeless: The Classics" (Michael Bolton) - Vocals (Background), Arranger
  • 1993 "Memory Lane: The Best of the Mighty Clouds of Joy" (The Mighty Clouds of Joy) - Producer
  • 1997 "Retrospective" (Leon Russell) - Vocals (Background)
  • 1999 "Here & Now" (Christlike) - Producer, Keyboards
  • 2001 "Ultimate Luther Vandross" (Luther Vandross) - Choir Director
  • 2003 "Sweet Harmony / Open: Your Eyes" (Maria Muldaur) - Producer, String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, Choir Conductor, Organ, Piano, Tambourine, Fender Rhodes
  • Just for You (Media notes). The McCrarys. Hollywood, California: Capitol EMI Records. 1980. 


  • 1981 "Look To Jesus" - Patrick Henderson & The West Angeles Church Of God In Christ Sanctuary Choir
Gospel 12" vinyl - Newpax NP33096
  • 1983 "This is Love"
Gospel 12" vinyl - Priority BL38169
  • 1996 "Praise and Worship" - Patrick Henderson & The Saints
CD Album - Word 7019666604
  1. We Come Before Your Courts (5:38)
  2. In This House (5:39)
  3. Blessed Be the Lord (4:31)
  4. There Is No Other Name (4:21)
  5. Convocation Medley (5:38)
  6. Holy Spirit (2:53)
  7. Wait on the Lord (5:47)
  8. Thou Most Holy Lord (3:25)
  9. Redemption Medley (3:43)
  10. This Little Light of Mine (5:22)
  11. Holy Spirit (Reprise) (2:56)

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