Here he was a teenager dealing simultaneously with the permanent loss of his sight and new fatherhood, in a land that was not his native home. Drawing from the same spirit that made him an exceptional athlete, Patriot fought off self-pity and found strength and comfort in his Rastafarian faith. He also drew upon the courage and wisdom of Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie I. Most importantly, the birth of his son Jahmal gave him a deep sense of purpose and many new challenges. From making Jahmals porridge, to building him snowmen in the park, to teaching him to ride his bicycle, Patriot found his greatest joy in caring for his son.
This most peaceful teenager-father continued to compete in track and field through the New York Institute for the Blind. Patriot participated in the 100 meters at the institute, where he felt adjusting to the track cables while running was therapeutic. If I can do this, I can do anything, he told himself. He also competed in the New York Championship for the Visually Impaired, where he won two gold medals and silver. Through the dignity and character he has shown in the face of adversity and disappointment, and through the enduring nature of his faith in God, it is only fitting for him to be called Patriot. He is truly an inspiration always giving thanks for life and upholding his faith.
In 1988 he released his first record, Hold Tight, on the Stereo One label. Patriot then produced the next five records on his own record label. Patriot is now working on an album for singer-producer Beres Hammond on the Harmony House label. As a live performer, Patriot electrifies and thrills audiences throughout the United States and the Caribbean with his power and commanding presence. Patriot continues to walk by faith sharing his strength and spirit through his music.