Patrice Pike burst on to the music scene as the electric front woman for the seminal Austin jam band Little Sister/Sister Seven. Soon after she co-wrote and sang Sister Seven’s top 10 Billboard hit “Know What You Mean”.
Richard Skanse for Rolling Stone called her “Tina Turner, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, and Robert Plant all rolled up into a tiny but explosive package.” The legendary John Fogerty commented about Patrice’s “great voice” also in Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine has called her, “One of the best up and coming contemporary Rock Singers in America.”
Following the highly publicized industry shake up at Arista Records with Clive Davis’ departure, Sister Seven disbanded and Patrice went on to begin her solo career with her album Fencing Under Fire in the top 10 most added on AAA radio for multiple weeks.
Her solo material has taken an increasingly narrative turn, while her sound has moved steadily in the direction of an eclectic mix of Rock and Soul topped with a tinge of World Music flavors. Patrice effortlessly moves from tightly woven rhythm guitar to percussion, to drum kit on stage never dropping a beat of her fierce but silky lead vocals. Over the past decade she has independently released five acclaimed solo records, showcasing her socially astute, literate lyrics alongside her powerful vocals. She has toured relentlessly, both in the U.S. and overseas, building an impressive grassroots fan base. In 2007 she became the youngest member of the Austin/Texas Music Hall of Fame, inducted alongside Lucinda Williams.
The resilient Pike has been able to adapt repeatedly to a rapidly changing music landscape that bears no resemblance to the one she entered in her teens. She continues to grow and evolve as both a songwriter and a performer, as evidenced by her 2011 CD “Live and en Some! Brushwood Lounge-Volume 2”.
In Spring 2013 Patrice launched a crowd funding project for her album The Calling, which skyrocketed past the goal was released in the summer to contributors and online supporters. In retrospect, Pike is filled with gratitude for the challenges that have refined her values, strengthened her humanity, and shaped her way of being in the world.
Long a respected social and environmental activist, Patrice Pike is the co-founder of the Step Onward Foundation (formerly Grace Foundation USA), an organization that provides services for young adult survivors of homelessness. Twenty years in, she’s much more than one of the most dynamic live performers in the world; she’s an artist of substance with a compelling life story that is only beginning to unfold.