Patricia “Pat” Sylvers Deruso is the eighth of nine siblings born to one of the most popular performing groups of the 1970’s, The Sylvers. Pat, along with her brothers and sisters spent more than a decade touring the nation and other parts of the world earning an enormous audience as well as multiple awards and professional experiences.
While growing up in Los Angeles, Calif., Pat was introduced to a deep repertoire of musical styles. Her mother, Shirley Sylvers, was classically trained in college for piano and opera, and her father, Leon Frank Sylvers, Jr., was voice coach for a few popular soul groups. Pat witnessed her parents groom her six siblings (Leon Frank Sylvers III, Olympia-Ann, Charmaine, James, Edmund and Joseph) into becoming a renowned family music group.
When Pat was 11 years old (in1972), along with her older sister, Angelia, and younger brother, Foster, a trio was formed. The next year, with Foster as lead, the trio scored a #7 Billboard hit with their recording of (Leon’s song), “Misdemeanor.” Two years later, the trio joined their elder siblings, and “The Sylvers” became a family group of nine strong and signed with Capitol Records.
“The Sylvers” turned into a household name, touring nationally as well as internationally to countries as far away as Japan and New Zealand. From 1975 to 1984, Pat contributed to seven albums and 11 Billboard hits including, “Boogie Fever,” “Cotton Candy,” “Hot Line,” “High School Dance,” and “Falling For Your Love.” Pat, along with her family, earned Gold & Platinum records for their hits, “Boogie Fever” and “Hotline.” These two songs have since been sampled and used in movies and films multiple times over the years.
In 1985, the Sylvers disbanded and Pat began to seek God’s presence and wonder about her true God-given talents. She joined Living Praise Christian Center under the pastorate of Fred L. Hodge Jr. in 1987 and has remained a faithful member ever since !
After her conversion to Christ, God began to give Pat prophetic songs. Again, she traveled nationally and internationally. This time with her pastors, participating in conferences as she served in music ministry from 1989 to 2004. Pat and Pastor Hodge released their first collaborative recording project, “Faith Is” in 1995 under Fred Hodge Ministries. In 2003, Pat and Fred Hodge Ministries released their second collaborative project, “Live in Sarasota” with the help of her brother Foster. In May 2007, Pat participated on a consulting panel of famous artist including Andre & Sandra Crouch and Marilyn McCoo for the “Southern California Gospel Announcers Guild”. In 2008, she recorded a duo with Billy Osborne ( formerly of LTD ) titled, “Thank You” for Larry O. Williams Sr. In May of 2009, a recording produced by “Get Right Records” was released including a solo of Pat recorded in Houston, Texas with Cedric Ford, titled “Lord You Are”. In addition to Pat’s travels with her pastor, she held the post of her church’s music department head for 15 years, from 1989 to 2003. Thereafter, she worked for the ministry as a worship leader until February of 2011.
Pat is currently working on recordings with her family (The Sylvers), as well as the launching of her own work, “Pure Sylver Music”.
Pat’s website: www.puresylver.net