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Classic Country K. A. Patterson: Bio-Long

First I'll explain my Home Page assertion that I'm unlike 98% of the Singers and Songwriters you've run across. I actually feel somewhat strange in the company of Songwriters and other music industry folks around Nashville, because my "journey" couldn't be any more different than the vast majority of theirs. You see, I've completed over 3-1/2 decades of full-time (with mucho overtime) work in construction-related Electrical Engineering. Meaning that while almost all other writers were spending their lives involved in and earning a living from music and show business in one way or another, I've been building a career laying out Cable Tray, Conduit and Wire, Fire Alarm, Lighting, Panelboards, Switchgear, and other Electrical equipment and systems for Commercial, Educational, Governmental, Health Care, Industrial, Residential, and Multi-Family Residential buildings. What the . . . ??_Don't laugh too hard, because it's actually enjoyable -- at times. I started working in this field part-time as a Drafting Trainee while still in college in 1978, and began full-time work as a Draftsman in early 1979. Advancing rapidly, I attained the level of Senior Electrical Designer in just over 9 years . . . considered quite an accomplishment in the Engineering world. An internationally certified Lighting Designer and past Vice President and Treasurer for the Nashville Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), I also currently serve as IA (Illumination Awards) Committee Chair and on the Board Of Managers for that non-profit organization._So . . . while (nearly) everyone around me in "the business" has spent years or decades devoting 95% of their time and energy to working in music in some way and putting up with that necessary evil called the "day job", I've devoted decades worth of "days, nights, and weekends" to an Engineering career and -- oh by the way -- written songs in my "free" time.__LOL
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MY STORY

Following my birth on Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, I spent my first 16 years of life traveling the country and the world as the son of a career military father. This "Air Force Brat" background provided both minuses and plusses in life. The Negatives: While attending 11 schools in 6 states and West Germany over 12 years before high school graduation, establishing long-term relationships and enjoying lifelong friendships were both nearly impossible. And the disruptive effects of continually moving and having to become familiar with all new people, places, and things is always especially tough on kids -- at any age. The Positives: Most people haven’t had the opportunity to experience life in multiple regions of America and a foreign country and to travel in eight European nations by the time they graduate from High School.

Although my first song was penned at age 11, when I was still known to most people as Keith, the first commercially viable song emerged at 14, which was before I owned or could play an instrument. That song, "I Still Love You So", is included in the "Montgomery In The Rain" album. A few months after writing that, I bought a guitar from a friend for $6, and began teaching myself to play. Having mastered a few chords after a short while, I was able to play and sing the song for friends.

By the time of my father's 1974 retirement in the Florida panhandle, this high school junior had become known to most of his friends as “KA”. During college and early adulthood, KA drifted back to being addressed primarily by his first name. But I retain the KA handle today for professional use. I am a graduate of Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, where cross-town rival Fort Walton Beach High School is known for turning out talented college quarterbacks and intra-county rival Niceville High School was attended by John Denver while his U.S. Air Force dad worked at Eglin AFB. I attended a Christian college in Temple Terrace (Tampa suburb) and received my degree from Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

Meeting and marrying (in 1984) the "Louisville Lady", while living in the Sunshine State, was followed by relocation to Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte, NC area) for 2-1/2 years, before becoming a permanent resident of Middle Tennessee during the summer of 1988.  Our eldest daughter is a 2005 graduate of Dickson County High School in Dickson, TN. I experieced the privilege of "giving her away" to a fine young member of the United States Air Force (also a 2005 DCHS grad) during the summer of 2006.  Following in her mother's footsteps, she pursued a Nursing degree, graduating from Central Missouri State in May of 2010.  She and our Air Force  Officer son-in-law, along with our grandson and two Dachshunds, are all "married" to the U.S. Air Force, as I was long ago.  Her sister, a 2008 DCHS grad, received an Education degree from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in December of 2013.  In February of 2014, I had the privilege of "giving her away" to a fine young member of the Murfreesboro city police department, who also serves in the Tennessee National Guard.  They live in "the boro", with an interesting canine named Penelope.

I wrote a lot during 1973-1983, before things got busy and hectic with first the Engineering -- then marriage and kids. I wrote only occasionally from 1984 thru 2003, and our 1988 relocation to Nashville was about being closer to family and advancing the Design career--having nothing to do with music. But in early 2004, an Engineer friend encouraged me to pursue Songwriting, although he hadn't heard a song of mine. He assumed that the same work ethic and creativity he'd seen me apply with great success in our Engineering endeavors translated to my Songwriting as well. (Today he's an avid fan and says I should make more time to write!) So... in 2004 I began writing with greater regularity and taking serious steps, for the first time, to pursue Songwriting
professionally.


MY MUSIC

It is often described as "unique" and difficult to "pigeon-hole" in terms of comparison with other popular writers. But the list of Songwriters, singers, and bands influencing this musical style during the formative years of my Songwriting career reads like a who's who of the Country, Rock, and Pop genre's of that period: (1) Abba, (2) Alabama, (3) America, (4) John Anderson, (5) Eddie Arnold, (6) Asleep At The Wheel, (7) Bobby Austin, (8) Moe Bandy, (9) The Bachelors, (10) The Bay City Rollers, (11) The Bee Gees, (12) The Bellamy Brothers, (13) Pat Benatar, (14) Brook Benton, (15) Boston, (16) Bread, (17) Jim Ed Brown, (18) Jackson Browne, (19) Jimmy Buffett, (20) Glen Campbell, (21) Henson Cargill, (22) Eric Carmen, (23) The Carpenters, (24) Clarence Carter, (25) Johnny Cash, (26) Rosanne Cash, (27) Harry Chapen, (28) Chicago, (29) Roy Clark, (30) John Conlee, (31) Earl Thomas Conley, (32) Creedence Clearwater Revival (S.Cook, J.Fogarty, T.Fogarty), (33) Jim Croce, (34) Crosby/Still/Nash/Young, (35) Burton Cummings, Jr. (The Guess Who), (36) Charlie Daniels, (37) Gayle Davies, (38) Mac Davis, (39) John Denver, (40) Neil Diamond, (41) Bo Donaldson & The Haywoods, (42) The Doobie Brothers, (43) Bob Dylan, (44) The Eagles (G.Frey, D.Hendley, T.B.Schmidt, J.Walsh), (45) Elvis, (46) The Everly Brothers, (47) Exile, (48) Donna Fargo, (49) Fleetwood Mac (L.Buckingham, M.Fleetwood, C.McVie, S.Nicks), (50) Dan Fogelberg, (51) Foreigner, (52) David Frizzell, (53) Lefty Frizzell, (54) The Gatlin Brothers, (55) Crystal Gayle, (56) Don Gipson, (57) Bobby Goldsboro, (58) Jack Greene, (59) Merle Haggard, (60) The Halifax Three, (61) Tom T. Hall, (62) Hall & Oates, (63) Emylou Harris, (64) George Harrison, (65) Heart, (66) Bobby Helms, (67) The Hollies, (68) Johnny Horton, (69) Burl Ives, (70) The Jackson Five, (71) Sonny James, (72) Tommy James (and the Shondels), (73) Jay & The Americans, (74) Jefferson Airplane/Starship, (75) Waylon Jennings, (76) Billy Joel, (77) Elton John, (78) George Jones, (79) Journey, (80) Kansas, (81) Andy Kim, (82) Carole King, (83) Kris Kristofferson, (84) Led Zepplin, (85) John Lennon, (86) Gordon Lightfoot, (87) Hank Locklin, (88) Bobby Lord, (89) Loretta Lynn, (90) Lynrd Skynrd, (91) Charlie McLain, (92) Don MacLean, (93) Barbara Mandrell, (94) Barry Manilow, (95) McCartney & Wings, (96) Mel McDaniel, (97) Meatloaf, (98) John Cougar Melancamp, (99) The Steve Miller Band, (100) Ronnie Milsap, (101) The Moody Blues, (102) Michael Martin Murphy, (103) Anne Murray, (104) Rick Nelson, (105) Willie Nelson, (106) Olivia Newton-John, (107) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (108) The Oak Ridge Boys, (109) Roy Orbisson, (110) Donnie Osmond, (111) Marie Osmond, (112) Buck Owens, (113) Dusty Owens, (114) Dolly Parton, (115) Stella Parton, (116) Peter Paul & Mary, (117) Tom Petty, (118) Webb Pierce, (119) Gene Pitney, (120) Ray Price, (121) Charley Pride, (122) Pure Prairie League, (123) Eddie Rabbit, (124) Helen Reddy, (125) Jim Reeves, (126) Linda Rhonstadt, (127) Charlie Rich, (128) The Righteous Brothers (B.Hatfield, B.Medley), (129) John Wesley Riles III, (130) Johnny Rivers, (131) Marty Robbins, (132) Kenny Rogers, (133) Dan Seals, (134) Seals & Crofts, (135) Bob Seger, (136) T.G. Shepherd, (137) Simon & Garfunkel, (138) Carly Simon, (139) Paul Simon, (140) Ricky Skaggs, (141) Connie Smith, (142) Bruce Springsteen, (143) Ringo Starr, (144) The Statler Brothers, (145) Steely Dan, (146) Steeler's Wheel (Gerry Rafferty), (147) Rod Stewart, (148) Wynn Stewart, (149) George Straight, (150) Marty Stuart, (151) Nat Stuckey, (152) Styx, (153) James Taylor, (154) B.J. Thomas, (155) David Clayton Thomas (Blood Sweat &Tears), (156) Three Dog Night, (157) Ernest Tubb, (158) Tanya Tucker, (159) Conway Twitty, (160) Up With People, (161) Vanity Fair, (162) Porter Waggoner, (163) Billy Walker, (164) Steve Wariner, (165) Dottie West, (166) Shelly West, (167) Roger Whittaker, (168) The Wilburn Brothers, (169) Don Williams, (170) Hank Williams, (171) Hank Williams Jr., (172) Mac Wiseman, (173) Tammy Wynette, (174) Faron Young, (175) Zager & Evans, etc., etc., etc. Consequently, you'll find a little of all of these, and others, in K. A. Patterson music.

That music is basically Country, but a uniquely styled Country that appeals to all lovers of good music, without respect to genre boundaries. While my music endeavors are decidedly slanted toward carrying forward the Traditional or Classic Country sound, much of the music emanating from this soul ends up placed in other classifications as well. The compliment I value above all others, and which I hear quite often, is I don't generally care for Country, but I like nearly everything you write or I like all your music, but I'm not really a Country fan.__When those sentiments reach these ears with regularity, I say I'm doing my job - I rest my case.__And, of course, a great big thank you! straight from my heart.

In the Spring of 2006, my catalog was taken on by Sharp Objects, Nashville's number one Song Plugging company, located on Music Row. Then CEO of Sharp Objects, legendary Promoter, Plugger, and Publisher, Steven L. Sharp, had pitched and / or promoted over 60 #1 Country hits, beginning with Alan Jackson's "Here In The Real World" in 1989, prior to starting Sharp Objects in 2004. Steven's track record on finding great songs and getting them in front of Industry Players who turn them into hits is remarkable. Because of this, Country Music & Radio Contributor for the New York Times, Phil Sweetland, wrote that As one of Country's greatest promotion executives, Steven learned WHAT WORKS at radio. So it was truly a gratifying and vindicating moment for me when Steven and all the Principals at Sharp Objects were, in Steven's own words, AMAZED, BLOWN AWAY, and VERY EXCITED the first time they listened to a submission of my songs. And when they responded with the rare compliment of offering me a contract on the spot - I accepted. INDUSTRY GIANT, Steven Sharp, says of this music, We always look for different here at Sharp Objects. This writer is not only different but unique in everything he writes.


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