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Bio of Crown King Talent Agency & The Greatest Gift
Rarely does a Gospel ensemble take your breath away after the first listen. Gospel trio The Greatest Gift has been blessed with the ability to deliver spirited performances with songs that move the heart and stir the soul. Beautifully-blended harmonies, top-notch instrumentation and superior songwriting have set this group apart in the genre of Christian music. It’s no wonder that Wayne Patterson, Mike Biasin and Krys Smith have won more than 70 awards for their music including the Pinetree State Country Music Award Gospel Band of the Year, Downeast Country Music Association Gospel Band of the Year, and the North American Country Music Association International (NACMAI) Competition’s Gospel Band of the Year, Album of the Year and a Horizon Award of the Year for songwriting. After releasing two albums Come Into His Presence and Fishers of Men, they are now dropping a new single from the latest release entitled “The Lighthouse”.
Wayne and Mike have been singing for the past 20 years; Krys joined the duo a few years ago which started their journey as The Greatest Gift. Together, they make beautiful music. Wayne is the group’s songwriter and lead vocalist, Mike is the pianist and vocalist and Krys is a vocalist and a flutist. In 2015, the trio released their debut record entitled Come Into His Presence. Although the group already had a loyal fan base in the Northeast US (and in southern Maine where they are based), the new project introduced them as recording artists and exposed them to a much larger audience. The debut was followed by a sophomore project, Fishers of Men. Both projects included a who’s who of musicians including Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts), David Northrop (The Oak Ridge Boys), Violinist Jenée Fleanor (Blake Shelton, Martina McBride) and producers Bill Watson from Nashville Trax and Bob Catalano from Bobcat Studios.
One of the many highlights of the latest musical offering is the single, “The Lighthouse”, penned by the group’s leader, Wayne Patterson. Patterson recounts the impetus for writing the moving song. He said, “I was walking on a beach in New Hampshire and saw a man standing in the lighthouse; he was directing boats under a bridge. I was moved to pray for him and asked God that if he wasn’t saved He would send someone to talk with him about Christ. At that moment, he looked at me. It was like he heard my prayer. Then, I waved to him and left. Ten years later I returned. I looked up at the lighthouse; there was no one there and it was dark. In the distance, I could see someone walking towards me. I said ‘How are you?’ He said, ‘I noticed you were looking at the lighthouse. May I ask why?’ I told him the story of what had happened 10 years before and the gentleman said, ‘That man’s been gone for almost two years. He retired a couple of years ago and the light’s been off since then’. The man began to walk away, but then turned around and said, ‘I am the man. Your prayer worked; I go to little church near here’. After that, I went home and wrote the song, ‘The Lighthouse’.
It’s riveting stories like this that each member of the trio has experienced. Wayne’s musical journey started at the age of 11 when he picked up the guitar. He didn’t put it down and quickly became consumed with his gift of music. Years later, he met Mike. Legally blind since birth, Mike started playing the piano, organ and guitar as a youth. Mike and Wayne met at an audition for another pianist. Divine intervention interrupted predetermined plans and Wayne and Mike started ministering in song together. It wasn’t until Wayne’s daughter said to him, “If you keep playing as much as you do, I won’t know who you are” that he put the guitar down and gave up music until she turned 18. The day after, he and Mike resumed playing. Krys, the granddaughter of Moody Bible Institute ministers, began singing, taking piano lessons and playing the flute as a child. She has many years of experience singing and playing in churches nationwide prior to joining The Greatest Gift a few years ago. Since that time, they have played at countless churches and events, praising God through song and sharing the love of Christ wherever they go.
Self-described as an evangelistic musical group with the sole purpose of evangelizing God’s Word to a world that so desperately needs to know our Lord and Savior, these three individuals are serious about impacting the lives of people. The Bible says a three-fold cord is not easily broken and this passage easily applies to Wayne, Mike and Krys. Wayne says, “We each have different gifts and when we come together, we give those gifts to each other. As we give gifts to each other, we give gifts to the world, too. This group is God-breathed and not man-breathed. I remember the Holy Spirit saying to me, ‘I am the greatest story that’s ever been told and my greatest gift to the world is my Son, Jesus Christ’”.That is when we were inspired to develop Crown King Entertainment Group, because our mission is to bring hope and encouragement to the Body of Christ, and for us to utilize our gifts and talents that God has given us to share with those who also have a dream of going out into the highways and bi-ways and bringing the Gospel with their instruments, their voices, and their messages. May this company, Crown King Entertainment Group be an absolute blessing to all those who want to make a difference for Christ in people’s lives. May God get all the honor and glory, and may His Spirit lead us, guide us, and direct us, and bring many laborers who want to use their gifts and talents to this website. In Jesus’ Name! CEO, Wayne Patterson.
CEO Crown King Talent Agency,
& The Greatest Gift
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Crown King Talent Agency,
& The Greatest Gift
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Crown King Talent Agency
& The Greatest Gift