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301. The Sky’s the Limit – Leon Patillo


Leon Patillo

Throughout the history of CCM many artists made their way over from secular music to Christian Music. Barry McGuire, Joe English, Bonnie Bramlett and a host of others. But few ever reached the critical mass success as former Santana lead vocalist, Leon Patillo.

Patillo got his start in the late 60’s as the focal point of the funk band, Creation. He would later work with Martha & the Vandellas as well as with George Clinton’s Funkadelic. His greatest success would come during an eight year stint with guitar god, Santana. Patillo would leave Santana in 1981 to begin a Christian music solo career.

Each of his first three studio album would contain a few CCM classic, but were never stellar projects from beginning ’til end until the release of “The Sky’s the Limit.” Earlier releases would contain monster hits like Dance Children Dance, Flesh of My Flesh and Cornerstone, but here Patillo sparkles from beginning to end.

The album contains several top hits including J.E.S.U.S., the title track, “I’ve Heard the Thunder, Love Calling and his second hugely popular wedding song, Security. Several of the more upbeat tunes were often “re-mixed” into extended dances versions that were immensely popular at the time. No Christian roller skate night was ever complete without the extended version of J.E.S.U.S.

  1. Brian
    November 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Having grown up in the Classic & Progressive Rock (anti-disco) era, it was a surprise to me how this man’s music grabbed me and never let me go. It also led me into appreciation of R & B, rap & funk whihch I did not possess earier.
    The first I heard of him was J.E.S.U.S./ I was immediately hooked. Then I heard the Thunder.

    Two other songs which would impact from this album were FEAR NOT and STILL SMALL VOICE. I would use both in drama productions later in life, even contacting Leon for permission. He was graciously going to come perform live but alas it never happened.

    Wonderful album, wonderful artist, wonderful minister.

  2. Jerrid
    November 16, 2010 at 2:00 am

    I remember listening to this one non-stop when I first got it. It really was cutting edge for its time, and a great album.

  3. exdroid
    December 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Defintitely my fav Leon Patillo album – i loved the synth sounds of this period, so this had me hooked.

    Lately i’ve come back to it and really love ‘Small Still Voice’ – didn’t like it back in 85 but love it now – bit of a prog rock feel to it and very good lyrics.

  4. exdroid
    December 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I lost touch with his music since about 1986 but i gather he hasn’t done any more rock or electronic albums since 1985? but mainly worship cds i guess ?

  5. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    No kidding about Christian roller skate night never being complete without the extended version of J.E.S.U.S. I still think to this day alot of Leon’s songs would make great P&W tunes (and in my mind better than alot). Fear Not, Sing Unto The Lord. The way “Small Still Voice” just builds up is fantastic. What this guy could do with the keyboard was/is amazing.

    BTW you can get most of his music on CD (including the great Live Experience) from his web site. Only album I didn’t see there was “Love Around The World”.

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