My dad was a man of short statue, (about 4′ 10″), but he had gigantic insight and was a big visionary. He was from Virginia, in which the Tankards migrated to after originating in London, England. He was a Pastor of a Church of God in Christ in Panama City, Florida for years before he founded Miracle Temple Church of God in Starke, Florida
My mother was a tall (about 5′ 10″), dark, red-skinned woman of Cherokee Indian decent, with below-shoulder- length, black, wavy hair. She was raised by her aunt and uncle in a very small town. She met my dad one day while walking to Bible study. He was preaching in an outside street service. Eventually they fell in love and married. She was a musician, singer, songwriter and minister as well as my dad.
My grandfather was a Bishop for the Eastern Florida district in the COGIC. He was a singer and musically inclined.
Me at 13 years old
At this age I began writing and journaling my thoughts and observations. Expressing myself in written form became easier than expressing in verbal form.
Me at 15 years old, Sophomore Princess, Homecoming, Bradford High School, Starke, Florida
Modeling photo shoot -College years
Bethune Cookman University’s Girl’s Basketball Team 1989-1990, played position of Center
The coach walked up to me one day in the school cafeteria at the University and asked me if I was interested in playing basketball for the school. I told him “no”. He offered me a scholarship and I changed my answer to “yes!”
Only three contestants qualified for the Miss Bethune Cookman Pageant that year, with me being one of them. I didn’t win, but I felt like I had won anyway. I designed my gown, my evening wear, and my performance costumes. It was great to create designs for this production. I also designed the costumes of my dancers who participated with me in the pageant.
Bethune Cookman University Senior Photo
Graduate of Bethune Cookman University
-Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration 1990, Bachelor of Science Degree, Psychology, 1997
Songwriter, Musician attending Gospel Events
I spent a lot of time traveling and attending events for years. During this time I was a band musician for a professional recording choir. They appeared on the Bobby Jones Gospel Show twice. We recorded a CD entitled “Hold On” and I Co-wrote two songs on the project. Attending the Gospel Choir Conference every Thanksgiving Holiday was quite fun for a few years. I met a lot interesting people in the music industry.
Recording artist Yolanda Adams, Princess Tankard, & Patrice Tankard attending a Gospel Event in Atlanta, Georgia
In New York with Recording Artist/Producer/Pastor Hezekiah Walker for the Love Fellowship Conference. He invited the Recording Choir T.S. Chorale as special guests to do a full concert that night. I was one of the nine musical band members of the T.S. Chorale as their Hammond B3 Organist.
The instrument that I play is the Hammond B3 Organ. Below is a photo of The Master Mind and creator of the Hammond Organ, The Late Laurens Hammond
I love playing this instrument. This instrument is one of the most beautiful creations made by man and guided by God.
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