Pattie Howard

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Pattie Howard
Birth nameFrancine Patience Howard
Also known asPattie Howard, Patty Howard, Patti Howard, Patience
BornApril 12
Cleveland, Ohio
OriginCleveland, Ohio, United States
GenresR&B, gospel, jazz, funk
Occupation(s)CEO, Singer-songwriter, record producer, music producer
Instrumentsvoice, violin
Years active1970's-present
LabelsRCA , Light Records
Associated actsMichael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Andrae Crouch, Curtis Stigers, James Ingram

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 Houston from 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. In 2016 Pattie released 2 singles through her record label PH Balanced Music. "Jesus Is His Name" introduces Pattie's daughter Shekinah Nicole Howard in a contemporary gospel duet produced by Wow Jones and co produced by Pattie Howard. The second single titled "Feel Me, Heal Me" was also Produced by Wow Jones, written and arranged by Pattie Howard. Pattie Howard is featured in the Nick Broomfield Documentary Whitney Houston "Can I Be Me". [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 worldwide 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 Grammy Award winning Gospel Legend Andrae Crouch and Keith Crouch who is known for his work with singer Brandy Norwood.[7]

Tours and current events[edit]

Shortly 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.



  • Pattie Howard - 1985 RCA
  • The Vision - 1991 Light Records
  • "Jesus Is His Name Featuring Shekinah Nicole" - 2016 PH Balanced Music
  • "Heal Me" - 2016 PH Balanced Music

Studio sessions[edit]

Under the name Francine Howard

Under the name Pattie Howard[9]

Tours and performances[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". 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. ^ Archived from the original on May 8, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Francine Howard". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  9. ^ "Pattie Howard". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  10. ^ "QUINCY JONES – Back on the Block". Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  11. ^ "El DeBarge - In The Storm CD Album". 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". Retrieved 2012-02-14.

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