Pattie Howard

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Pattie Howard
Birth name Francine Patience Howard
Also known as Pattie Howard, Patty Howard, Patti Howard, Patience
Born April 12
Cleveland, Ohio
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres R&B, gospel, jazz, funk
Occupation(s) CEO, Singer-songwriter, record producer, music producer
Instruments voice, violin
Years active 1970's-present
Labels RCA , Light Records
Associated acts Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Andrae Crouch, Curtis Stigers, James Ingram
Website PHBalancedMusic.com

Pattie Howard (born Francine Patience Howard, April 12, Cleveland, Ohio, United States) is an American Gospel and R&B Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Composer and Vocal Arranger. She is a music industry veteran who has released two albums with major record labels, RCA Records and Light Records. Howard, who owns her own full service entertainment company, PH Balanced Music, is also known for singing background for many major artists including Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Brandy, Mary J Blige, Fantasia, Queen LaTifah, Madonna, Andrae Crouch, Michael Jackson, Curtis Siger, Lisa Stanfield, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Reba Rambo,and Diana Ross. She has dozens of gold and platinum albums to her credits encompassing artists from almost every genre. Howard landed one of her most profound gigs traveling the world with Whitney Houstonfrom 1992-2001, at the height of her career, The Bodyguard Era. During the early 2000s, Howard returned to songwriting, music production, mixing, and mastering and is currently singing (solo & background), composing, arranging and producing various artists/bands.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Howard, coming from a musical family, began studying violin at age seven and wrote her first composition, winning first place in the Cleveland public school classical competition citywide in her first year. Her mother, Sarah Howard Mayes played piano and was a member of several female gospel groups in her early years and her father, the late Rev. Frank Love also traveled as a gospel quartet singer. Pattie's brother, Michael Howard toured the world with Zola Taylor and The Platters, and her sister Sharlene Grahm-Hairston was well known in the gospel community for her rich contralto voice, singing with The Aaron Holbrook Singers and The James Wade Singers of Cleveland Ohio. Pattie recorded her first song at age 13 as a lead singer in the gospel group "All God's Children" along with her sister Sederia "CD" Graves and began singing professionally at age 17, traveling world wide with various major artists. At the age of 19, Pattie formed her first band with the help of her sister and Manager Eva Brown called Pattie Love and Fun, in Los Angeles California. It was during this time that her writing and arrangement skills surfaced again, and her career as a solo artist began to emerge. Her first solo recording was entitled "Second Thoughts". Many of Howard's earlier credits are listed as "Francine Howard" before she settled on the stage name of "Pattie Howard".

Music career[edit]

RCA Records[edit]

In 1985, Pattie came to the attention of Lonnie Simmons, President of Total Experience/RCA Records, home of legendary artists The Gap Band, Yarborough and Peoples, and Penny Ford. Mr. Simmons offered Pattie Howard a recording contract to produce and record her self-titled debut album- Pattie Howard, a collection of the first songs ever written and produced by Ms. Howard. "Selfish", was the first single released from Pattie Howard.[3][4][5]

Light Records[edit]

In 1991, after catching the attention of then-president Ralph Carmichael, Howard was offered another major record deal. Howard released her second album, The Vision, on Light Records, which at the time was home to Andrae Crouch, Edwin Hawkins, Walter Hawkins and Kurt Carr.[6] The album was co-produced by Keith Crouch who is known for his work with singer Brandy Norwood.[7] The album eventually was nominated for a Grammy Award but due to Light Records being bought out by Platinum Entertainment,The Vision's masters were lost and weren't sent to the Academy, therefore making it ineligible to win.

Tours and current events[edit]

Shortley after The Vision was released, Pattie was hired to tour the world with singer Whitney Houston on The Bodyguard World Tour. She continued to tour with Houston and other artists throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Pattie Howard - 1985 RCA
  • The Vision - 1991 Light Records

Studio sessions[edit]

Under the name Francine Howard

Under the name Pattie Howard[9]

Tours and performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pattie Howard". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Francine Howard". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ Billboard. Vol.97 No.45 pg. 64
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Pattie Howard by Pattie Howard". Itunes.apple.com. 1985-01-01. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ "List of all Master Recordings owned by Minder Records". Minder Music. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  6. ^ "Pattie Howard". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Francine Howard". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  9. ^ "Pattie Howard". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  10. ^ "QUINCY JONES – Back on the Block". Sanjose72.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  11. ^ "El DeBarge - In The Storm CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 1992-03-17. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  12. ^ McIver, Denise L. (1993-08-24). "Variety Reviews - Whitney Houston - Legit Reviews - - Review by Denise L. McIver". Variety.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 

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