|Genres||R&B, Soul, Neo Soul, Hip hop, Funk|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Producer|
|Labels||Mack Avenue Records
|Associated acts||SugaRush Beat Company
Lala Hathaway, Ledisi
Rachelle Ferrell, Mr. Timothy
Shanice, Tevin Campbell
Jimmy Barnes, Brian Culbertson
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, while his voice has also drawn comparisons to Chaka Khan.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
1984: Kids Incorporated
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 (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. 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'."
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.
2009-11: Bleuphoria, Touring
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", 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. 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.
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." In an interview with BET's Daily Voice, Patterson further clarified that "I've never been in the closet or hiding anything."
|Love in Stereo
|Wines & Spirits
|The Ultimate Gift
- 1996: Stop By
- 1997: Where You Are (#53 US R&B)
- 1998: On My Way
- 1999: Treat You Like A Queen (#61 US R&B)
- 1999: The Moment
- 2000: I'll Go
- 2000: So Hot
- 2004: April's Kiss
- 2005: Forever Yours
- 2007: Stop Breaking My Heart (#59 US R&B)
- 2008: Feels Good (#76 US R&B)
- 2010: Easier Said Than Done
- 2011: 6 AM (#95 US R&B)
|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
|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|
|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|
- allmusic ((( Love in Stereo > Overview )))
- Rahsaan Patterson | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews
- Harold, Claudrena N. "Rahsaan Patterson: Wines and Spirits < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- John, Christian (2007-12-06). "Standing Under Stars: An Interview with Rahsaan Patterson < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- The SugaRush Beat Company interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' March 2008
- "Rahsaan Patterson Wants You To Know That It's 'Easier Said Than Done'". Soulbounce.Com. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- John, Christian. "Rahsaan Patterson - 12 February 2011, New York < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- "UP CLOSE & PERSONAL:: Rahsaan Patterson-Bluephoria". The Soulcialista. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
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- "Deciphering Rahsaan Patterson: Talking Beyond Labels -". The Daily Voice. Retrieved 2011-08-05.