Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rahsaan Patterson: Prince of NeoSoul

Rahsaan Patterson's rise to stardom began when he was just a child.  After winning a school talent show, he decided to audition for Kid's Incorporated.  He won the part of the "Kid" and starred along side other soon to be big celebrity names like Fergie, Shanice, and Mario Lopez.  

Following Kids Incorporated he would do back up singing for artists like Martika and Colour Club and would write hit songs like "Baby" for Brandy and "Back to the World" for Tevin Campbell.  It was not until 1997 that he would record his own studio album.  The self-titled album would peak at 48 on  the Billboard Charts.  The two singles released ("Stop By" and "Where You Are") were well received by R&B audiences.

His sophomore project Love In Stereo made go a little higher on the charts, topping at 51. Two singles from this album would make it onto the charts, "Treat You Like a Queen" and "The Moment." This would be his final album with the MCA label.

Rahsaan would form his own label to record and release his following CDs.  In 2004 he released After Hours which gave us the hits "So Hot" which was featured on the "Brown Sugar" soundtrack "Aprils Kiss."  In 2008 he released Wines and Spirits and in 2011 he released Bluephoria.  

I sometimes wonder if the label decided to part with Rahsaan as an artist after he came out.  In a 2008 Logo interview, Patterson stated, "For me, it's not about being the gay artist.  I'm an artist."

Please check his video to Stop By below . . .

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