The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 1, 2013

Singer performs from 3rd album

BECKLEY — Tamarack’s Sunday@Two program hosted gospel singer Patricia “Trish” Smith in the Gov. Hulett C. Smith Theater.

For Smith, singing is a way to lift up the Lord’s name and to connect with her audience spiritually.

Celebrating Resurrection Sunday, Smith sang “He Called Her Name,” “Follow Him” and “Jesus is the Son of God” from her upcoming southern gospel album “We Have Been With the Lord.”

Smith’s new album will be available after April 20 at local record stores, Walmart and Kmart.

“We Have Been With the Lord” is produced by Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Tim Green of The Green Family.

This is her third album, and Smith said she was surprised to be back in the studio so soon after her 2011 album “Use Me,” currently available at Tamarack.

Smith began singing at age 6 in Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in Jenkinjones.

By 16 she was director of the church choir and was being asked to sing at other churches.

Transitioning into the professional realm was a move that just seemed to make sense, she said.

“I stay busy singing at churches, revivals and concerts in and outside West Virginia. My main focus is to lift up the name of Jesus in all that I do and say. The Lord takes care of everything else,” she said.

Smith will perform June 23 at the 89th annual Singing on the Mountain at Grandfather Mountain in Boone, N.C.

By the end of April, her website, abundanceofblessingsmusic.com, will be up and running and patrons can listen to some of her music and order CDs online.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com

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