PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Throughout her career, Jackie Patillo has accepted a number of executive roles but titles alone obscure the strong presence of her many time-tested gifts. She is a unifier, encourager, organizer, motivator and creative visionary.
Her professional introduction to the music business began in 1989 when she was hired by Star Song Communications to develop Christian and Gospel products. She signed and was instrumental in launching the careers of Sierra and the legendary trio Phillips, Craig & Dean. She was promoted to Vice President in 1995 and later launched Star Song’s Gospel division.
Two years later Benson Music Group recruited her to its A&R department, utilizing her skills to bring to the forefront emerging artist Natalie Grant. In 2001 Patillo was invited to join Integrity Music and initiate the formation of Integrity Gospel. With her guidance, she advanced the careers of well-known artists including Joe Pace and The Colorado Mass Choir, Israel and New Breed, Alvin Slaughter, Lisa McClendon and Stephen Hurd.
In 2006 Patillo packed her bags for New York at the invitation of Max Siegel, head of Verity Records. Working as Vice President of A&R and Artist Development, she led the creative division of the largest Gospel music company in the world. Adapting to the times, she revamped her staff and quickly saw the cross-over success of Marvin Sapp’s gold-certified hit “Never Could Have Made It.” She has provided guidance for Verity veterans Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Byron Cage, Kurt Carr, Dave Hollister and others.
She exited Verity in late 2010 and became the Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association merging her gifts to serve and be an advocate for all gospel music makers. “Gospel music is more of a calling than a job for me,” says Patillo. “I am totally aligned with the mission of the GMA and am honored to serve those who are called to spread the gospel through music.”