Patrice Wilson is a Nigerian-American music producer, singer and songwriter. Wilson adopted the name Pato as a stage name for his various performances. He founded ARK Music Factory with Clarence Jey in 2010. While there, he produced many songs, such as “Friday” sung by Rebecca Black which gained worldwide attention on YouTube.
In 2011, he established Pato Music World (PMW) after leaving ARK Music Factory. Similarly, in December 2017, Wilson announced via YouTube that he had closed down PMW. Since in July 2018, the YouTube channel for PMW was handed over to a young woman named Maddie Shy, who renamed it after herself.
Patrice Wilson was born in Nigeria. Wilson’s father was a Nigerian chemical engineer and his mother an Irish British church minister He studied at Wilson Prep School, a Christian school his mother had established, and then Zamani College and Essence International School in Nigeria. Wilson’s musical beginnings were when he sang in his mother’s church and helped out with youth programs at school.
Later, he attended school in Europe and trained in track and field events. He began touring as a backup singer with Malian-Slovak pop star Ibrahim Maiga. Further, he is also known as Pato for his various performances as a rapper. He toured in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland. And many other Eastern European countries, and speaks fluent Slovak. Similarly, he also appeared in performances on Slovak television stations as well as becoming an aspiring athlete training rigorously. Additionally, under the supervision of a professional Russian coach for a possible qualification for international track . And fields events including the Summer Olympics representing Nigeria.
ARK Music Factory
In 2010 he co-founded ARK Music Factory in partnership with Clarence Jey, an Australian record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician. He chose the name “Ark” because of his Christian background. Jey left ARK Music Factory since May 2011 with Wilson remaining the CEO of the company. Wilson and Jey co-authored and co-produced the song “Friday” sung by Rebecca Black. He was also responsible for writing and producing songs for a number of young artists.
Pato Music World / PMW Live
In 2011, he established Pato Music World (PMW) later relabeled as PMW Live. On 6 May 2012, Wilson released an “official sequel” to the infamous Rebecca Black song “Friday”. The “sequel” called “Happy” (alternatively “Happy (The Official Sequel to Friday)” or “The H.A.P.P.Y. Song”), that features Antoine Dodson and Lela Brown and focuses on Saturdays, with plenty of remarks to Friday and self-deprecating music video to boot. Previously, Wilson had also written a song called “Tuesday” for British journalist Jon Ronson.
- Full Name: Patrice Iteke Wilson
- Date of Birth: June 19, 1983
- Age: 36 years
- Birth Place: Nigeria
- Also known as Pato
- Origin: Nigeria
- Occupation(s): Record producer, songwriter, composer
- Labels: ARK Music Factory, Pato Music World (PMW Live)
- Record label: ARK Music Factory
- Albums: Worshipper, A Christmas Blessing, Sacrifice
- Education: Whitworth University, Essence International School
- Genres: Pop music, Dance music, Electro, Synth-pop, Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, House music, Rock
- Net Worth: $2 million dollars
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