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Daz Patterson Provides Inspiration to Overcome Life's Obstacles

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Douglas Miller will Headline "Musical Tribute to Daz Patterson," Friday, November 5, 2010

When people gather next month for the “Musical Tribute to Daz Patterson” at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts they will be treated to performances by some of the top national and local gospel artists, view the premier of Daz’s new movie “For the Sake of Love” and have a chance to meet and greet this phenomenal singer, producer, director, and writer as she signs copies of her new book “Through the Storm and Rain.”

Well known for her musical plays including “Talk is Cheap” and “Somebody Say Amen” Dazrene "Daz" Patterson is a native of Victoria, Texas, who relocated to the Inland Empire and graduated from California State University at San Bernardino. Her natural gift of a seven-octave range singing voice provided her entry into the entertainment industry, where she performed popular and R&B music before finding her place in gospel. She has composed, written, and arranged over 300 gospel songs. She has always had a love and concern for people, and before launching her writing and directing career served several years as a juvenile hall counselor and then as a probation officer.

This special tribute will feature the Grammy and Stellar nominated performer Douglas Miller, whose song “My Soul Has Been Anchored” has enraptured many an audience, and whose albums include “Living on the Top” and “Unspeakable Joy” Mr. Miller will travel from his home in Akron, Ohio for this special tribute. He and Daz toured together in Delilah William’s hit musical play “God’s Trying to tell you Something.” You can see him and hear his magnificent voice on YouTube where fans have posted him in live concert.

There will also be special appearances by colleagues and friends, including actor/director/producer Sid Burston (Get Thee Behind Me!, Crown Royale, Walk by Faith, Reunion), actress Nei’Ce Knight-Preuitt (Love Ain’t Supposed to Hurt), Ernest Carter, Jay Olegario, Raheem Mitchell (Get Thee Behind Me!) and perfomances by gospel recording artist and First Lady of Spirit of Love Church Shervonne Wells (Here I Am, Kurt Carr Singers), David Whitfield, Madelyn Patterson-Berry and tributes by special friends Madeline Freeman and Rafael Rawls.

The evening will kick-off with the inspirational gospel concert, followed by the premiere showing of “For the Sake of Love,” produced by PNP Entertainment. According to Daz, “This movie is about spousal abuse and it’s based upon a true story, the experiences of a relative of mine and her relationship with the wrong man.. The film is very intense and very real, with incidents that actually happened.” Just as with all of her works, Daz’s new movie is spiritually rooted. “The Bible says that when a man finds a wife, he finds a good thing. Too many women are out to get a man instead of letting a man find them. These women should have faith that God will send them the right person.”

The woman in the film takes a significant amount of abuse. Daz states that woman took the abuse and ignored its impact on her because she was obsessed with the idea of being able to say she was the ‘wife’; she took overwhelming abuse as long as she could say she had a ‘husband’. Young people don’t realize older people can see what’s good for them.

Her mother begged her not to marry that man. She knew how and what he was, and married him anyway” “We want to share this story with all of America, in order to help women be aware. Women need to know that they can’t change a man. Unfortunately, most women feel they can, even with red flags coming up all over the place!” Daz herself is happily married to the ‘right’ man, businessman Norman Patterson and they have three children.

After the movie, guest will be invited to meet Daz at her book signing for “Through the Storm and Rain,” which Daz describes as “a book on Life Lessons, the things I encountered during my illness.

I was diagnosed with cancer in 1988. The doctors said they caught it all but the cancer came back in 2001. It seemed to be better after treatment, but in 2003, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer which spread to my liver, back, neck, lymph nodes, legs and arms.” You know they say that cancer is silent and doesn’t cause pain. That’s just a myth, a lie.

My symptoms were that I had a lot of pain, in my side and chest. I believe God allowed me to feel the pain so would seek help and live and not die. He did not allow me to sink into a ‘Woe is Me’ attitude. He helps us to work things out through our suffering, and helps us to see life more fully.”

Daz says the most important lesson people take from her book is “Knowing that no matter what you go through, God will not give you more than you can bear. I want readers to see that there is always rainbow.” Sturges Theatre of Performing Arts (www.sturgescenter.com) is located at 780 North "E" Street San Bernardino, CA 92410. Advance tickets are only $15, $20 at the door.

DVDs of the movie “For the Sake of Love” will be available for $10. The book “Through the Storm and Rain” will be available for $12.98. Advance Tickets are available at Bereans Christian Stores in both Redlands and Riverside, at Groovetime Records in San Bernardino 909-8840197; at the Westside Story newspaper in San Bernardino 909-3848131; at L& M in Rialto 909-874- 3229; or by calling Sabrina at 909-230-0016 or Annette at 909-559-3642.

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