By Jawn Murray, BlackVoices.com
After years of struggling with the confines of a major label structure and the battle to maintain the integrity of his art, soul singer Rahsaan Patterson decided to do things his way and he hasn't looked back.
Patterson, who released two critically acclaimed CD's (1997's 'Rahsaan Patterson' and 1999's 'Love in Stereo') on MCA Records, formed his own label in 2004 and has enjoyed the freedom of taking charge of his own musical destiny.
"What excites me now is the potential for independent artists to gain exposure, more mainstream exposure. I feel like the industry is catching up to the art of it. The commerce aspect will always be there, but the purpose of music is starting to come more to the forefront. The artists that do it independently do it because they have to. It's their art, it's their craft," he told me.
His latest offering, 'Wines and Spirits,' was released last fall and its second single 'Feels Good' is making a significant impact at Urban Adult Contemporary radio stations.
The former 'Kids Incorporated' star said that his fourth album is a compilation of a range of emotions he's felt over the last decade.
"These are sounds that reflected the stages of my life over the last 10 years. I wanted to be able to push the limits of what the supposed idea of soul is, particularly neo-soul and take myself out of that bracket," the singer explained. "I am a complex individual and I always have been. But at this state of my adulthood and creativity and artistry, all three of those combined. The level of comfort that I have with what I think, how I feel, what I believe; I've grown to really be able to articulate that."
His music video for the single 'Feels Good' was recently premiered on VH1 Soul and BETJ.
VIDEO: Watch Rahsaan Patterson's music video for 'Feels Good.'