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Tri-Cities singer teams up with chart-topping Nashville producer to make new music

Tri-City Herald logoTri-City Herald 12/2/2019 By Cameron Probert, Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.)

Pat Bowser didn’t now whether she would ever record music again.

The 62-year-old Richland woman has already lived a life full of music.

She’s produced an album and regularly performs with two Montana-based jazz groups. That was after spending time in the music industry in Nashville and Los Angeles.

But Bowser never thought she would put together a Christmas album.

“For the last 20 years, I had always been keeping my eye on a possible venue for this,” she said. “It just never came together. There wasn’t availability. You have to have the right people when you record.”

It wasn’t until she took a trip to New York and decided to look up her old manager that the pieces started to come together for.

Her search led to an article about colleague and friend, Robert White Johnson. The two worked together during her time in Nashville.

White Johnson has his own impressive set of credentials. He’s best known for co-writing Celine Dion’s hit, “Where Does My Heart Beat Now.”

The writer and producer also has worked with the Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and .38 Special. And he’s written 15 chart-topping Christian songs.

“The circumstances are so extraordinary that only God could have put that together,” she said.

The two met in Nashville in February and in the past year put together seven songs — three are coming out before Christmas.

“So, it’s just been such a blessing to be in this project and to be around the people, work with the people that I got to work with. ... I can’t wait to share these songs,” she said.

They include two original Christmas songs — “Holy is the Child” and “It Changed Everything” — and an arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

After the holidays, the worship leader at C3, Columbia Community Church in Richland, plans to release more music, including some jazz standards and pop songs.

“The really special thing is that I still get to do this for the Lord on a large scale,” she said. “I didn’t know that God was going to allow me to be a messenger still in song on such a world-class level.”

Bowser has lived in Richland for seven years to be close to her family, but still routinely makes trips to Montana to perform with Red Stilleto Swing and the Usual Suspects.

She released an independent Christian CD in 2002, and had helped set up an orphanage in Tanzania.

“I’m so thankful to do a project like this at this junction in my life,” she said.

Her work is available through Spotify, YouTube, CD Baby and iTunes.

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