'Bluesy funk' is Patricia Wilder's self-described music style - 'real' music about 'real' people, living real. Wilder's musical foundation is rooted in jazz, rock, R&B, blues and gospel. She began playing the guitar as a teen after her mother encouraged her to develop an interest in any instrument besides the one she was pursuing - drums. Because music was prevalent in her household, she was able to recognize and develop her strong passion for music. She received her initial influences from Wes Montgomery and Taj Mahal. As a friend of the family, Taj Mahal provided the ultimate inspiration in her childhood - it was from him that she received her first guitar. As her confidence grew in her guitar playing ability, she ventured into singing. Wilder says her guitar playing and singing were both outlets for self-expression. She truly enjoys performing as an expression of universal communication, and desires her audience to feel, hear and see all she is communicating through her music. Described as 'one of the most exciting blues guitarist/vocalists to come out of the bay area in a long time' by Lee Hildebrand of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Wilder has shared her talent with many great musicians, such as Linda Tillary, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Angela Bofill and many others. When performing, it is Wilder's ambition to feel the electricity and energy exchanged between herself and the audience. When you hear it, you, too, will be energized and completely captivated by the unique funk rhythms of her new CD release, 'Sweet Love'.