Rahsaan Patterson

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Rahsaan Patterson
Genres R&B, Soul, Neo Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Years active 1983-present
Labels Mack Avenue Records
Artistry Music
Associated acts SugaRush Beat Company
Lala Hathaway, Ledisi
Rachelle Ferrell, Mr. Timothy
Shanice, Tevin Campbell
Jimmy Barnes, Brian Culbertson
Website http://www.rahsaan.com

Rahsaan Patterson is an American singer and actor, best known for portraying "The Kid" on the popular 1980s television show Kids Incorporated. His singing and songwriting style have been said to be reminiscent of Stevie Wonder,[1] while his voice has also drawn comparisons to Chaka Khan.[2]

Career[edit]

1984: Kids Incorporated[edit]

After appearing in a school talent show in 1984, Patterson auditioned for the television show Kids Incorporated. He was cast as "The Kid", and remained on the show for the next few years, appearing alongside such future stars as Fergie, Renee Sands, Martika, Mario Lopez and Shanice.

Music career[edit]

After Kids Incorporated, Patterson gained experience as a backup vocalist for several artists (including Kids co-star Martika). Following his vocal contributions on Colour Club's self-titled album, as well as writing for other artists (his credits include Brandy's platinum Top 5 smash "Baby", and Tevin Campbell's hit "Back to the World").

1997-98: Rahsaan Patterson[edit]

Patterson signed with MCA Records. Collaborating with Keith Crouch and Jamey Jaz, among others, released his self-titled debut album on January 28, 1997. The album peaked at No. 48 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.[3]

There were two singles released, "Stop By" and "Where You Are" peaked No. 53 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Receiving positive reviews from critics, the album failed to find a large audience (the single "Where You Are" did receive attention on R&B radio, and it appeared on the soundtrack to the 1996 Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler movie, "Bulletproof" ). Patterson did, however, develop a loyal following both in the U.S. and abroad.

1999-2002: Love in Stereo, SoundTracks[edit]

Patterson went to work on his followup, Love In Stereo, with Jamey Jaz and new collaborators such as Van Hunt. When Love in Stereo was released in late 1999 it received better reviews than its predecessor, although the mainstream overlooked it. The album peaked at #51 on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and two singles, "The Moment" and "Treat You Like A Queen" which peaked at no. 61 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Rahsaan toured in support of Stereo playing dates throughout U.S. and Europe.

Although Patterson and MCA parted ways, he remained busy, continuing to perform live, working as a session singer, and contributing to both soundtracks (Brown Sugar) and compilation albums (Steve Harvey's Sign of Things to Come), while working on his next album.

2004-08 After Hours, Wines & Spirits[edit]

Patterson's third album, After Hours was released internationally in April 2004, garnering positive reviews. With the forming of his own label, After Hours was released in the U.S. in late October. The album debuted at No. 65 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The singles, "So Hot", "April's Kiss" and "Forever Yours" were issued but failed to chart on Billboard. Further collaborative efforts followed.

Patterson's most recent album, Wines & Spirits[4] (again featuring collaborations with Crouch and Jaz) was released September 24, 2007, and debuted at #42 on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, his highest charted to date and No. 45 on Independent Albums Chart.[5] The singles released, "Stop Breaking My Heart" and "Feels Good" charted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs both at no. 59 and the later no. 76. A close friend, R&B singer Ledisi, in which he's also featured on her album Lost & Found, explains the genius of Patterson as, “Rahsaan’s greatest artistic strength is his ability to be overly honest in his recordings and in his live performances. If I had to sum him up in one word, I would call him ‘uninhibited.[6]

In August 2008 Patterson released a Christmas album, The Ultimate Gift, by November Patterson won a BET J award for Underground Artist of the year.

In 2008 Patterson joined with Australian-born producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Jarrad 'Jaz' Rogers and Copenhagen-based electro-soul songstress Ida Corr to form the London-based alternative soul/pop/funk trio SugaRush Beat Company, who released their self-titled album through RCA (UK) in the summer of 2008.[7]

2009-11: Bleuphoria, Touring[edit]

After the release of Wines and Spirits, Rahsaan resumed touring throughout the U.S. and overseas, and working with several recording artists'. On December 14, 2010 a new song was available on iTunes, "Easier Said Than Done" [8] a slow funk groove aimed as the lead single from his new album. On February 12, 2011, he performed at B.B. King's Blues Club to a sold out crowd, the show received rave reviews.[9] Patterson continues to tour across the U.S. and also completing recording for his new soon to be released sixth studio album, scheduled for release this year. March 2011, after a concert in Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD, Patterson spoke about the his album, Bleuphoria during a brief interview for thesoulcialista.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Patterson is openly gay. In a 2008 discussion about being a gay artist with LGBT-centric network Logo, for example, he said that "For me, it's not about being 'the gay artist'; I'm an artist."[12] In an interview with BET's Daily Voice, Patterson further clarified that "I've never been in the closet or hiding anything."[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album U.S. R&B
Rahsaan Patterson 48
Love in Stereo 51
After Hours 65
Wines & Spirits 42
The Ultimate Gift 50
Bleuphoria 36

Singles[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Year Song Artist Album
2003 Fly High Brian Culbertson Come On Up
Take Me Home (Ciro Mix) Sara Devine Take Me Home (12")
2004 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Paulini One Determined Heart
Watching You Avani The Real Thing
Beautiful Life Guy Sebastian Beautiful Life
2005 Say It Ain't So Jimmy Barnes Double Happiness
What Am I Gonna Do Jimmy Sommers Lovelife
We Livin' Now FOKIS More Than One Way
Love's Taken Over U-Nam The Past Builds The Future
2006 Rock Ya Baby (feat. Rahsaan Patterson & MC Surreal) DJ Peril King Of The Beats
That's The Way Steve 'The Scotsman' Harvey The Everyday People Project
2007 If You Really Love Mikelyn Roderick Copasetic Is
We Are One Ledisi Lost & Found
2008 Dream Flight Angela Johnson A Woman's Touch
2012 Nights (Feel Like Gettin' Down) Sy Smith Fast and Curious

Also appears on[edit]

Year Song Album
1996 Where You Are Bulletproof OST
1997 Street Life Hoodlum OST
1999 Christmas at My House My Christmas Album
2001 So Hot Two Can Play That Game OST
2002 You Make Life So Good Brown Sugar OST
The One For Me Sign Of Things To Come
2005 Soul Show Tune Ferry Maat's Soul Show: Saturday Night Grooves
If Soul Lounge
What Am I Gonna Do? (DJ Spinna Mix) (with Jimmy Sommers) Soul Lounge
2006 Right Away Soul Lounge 2
Lifetime Soul Lounge 3
4Ever (with Mr. Timothy)
2007 Straighten It Out Soul Lounge 4
2008 Oh Lord (Take Me Back) Soul Lounge 5
The Best

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