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Kellee Patterson was one of the few vocalists signed to the Black Jazz label, an even rarer feat considering she was not a pure jazz artist. The Indiana native was something of a childhood celebrity, having won a series of talent competions that eventually sparked interest from record companies. 

After considering several offers, Patterson decided to join Black Jazz, the community-oriented label owned by Gene Russell. At the time, the critically acclaimed roster included Doug and Jean Carn, The Awakening, and Walter Bishop Jr. 

Her debut album was Maiden Voyage, highlighted by her vocal rendition of Herbie Hancock’s title tune. It is one of the most sought-after releases in the Black Jazz catalog.

Black Jazz ceased operations in 1976, and Patterson moved to the Shadybook label. Russell continued as her producer. 

While at Shadybrook, Patterson achieved the peak of her celebrity thanks to hits like the gold single “If It Don’t Fit Don’t Force It,” “Be Happy,” and a cover of Barry White’s “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby.” The latter had a resurgence in popularity after it was reissued in the 1990s. She won awards from Cashbox and Record World as a rising star.

She recorded one of the final albums on Shadybrook, the hard-to-find All The Things You Are, in 1979. This album was known for the cut “Let Go Let Go.”

Aside from some film appearances in the late 70s, not much has been heard from Patterson.

Kellee Patterson's Deepest Grooves

Maiden Voyage (Black Jazz, 1974)

Kellee (Shadybrook, 1976)

Be Happy (Shadybrook, 1977)

All The Things You Are (Shadybrook, 1979)   

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