Leonard Patterson
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Leonard Patterson

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | SELF

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States | SELF
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"Proof is in the party"

<b>Singer-songwriter doesn't want much...just a Grammy</b>

Singer, songwriter and keyboard player Leonard Patterson II wants a songwriting Grammy for the material he's written.

That's all.

"It doesn't have to be in any particular category," Patterson said. "Even if it's nominated, it's cool. That means it has been recorded by an artist, and it's getting a lot of air play."

Until then, Patterson will keep performing, writing songs and chasing after a dream. The 36-year-old artist performs with Living Proof, which will be playing at the Hyatt Regency on New Year's Eve.

The band

Living Proof formed out of the Sept. 11 tragedies.

The group came together to promote awareness of a Sept. 11 memorial fund for one of Patterson's friends, whose father had died in the Pentagon.

It was the first time Patterson had thought about forming a band "to go out and do our own stuff," he said.

After a number of lineup changes, the band now plans to ring in the New Year playing original tunes from its 2004 debut CD, "Price of a Dream."

These days, the group incorporates Motown, old school funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop into its performances.

And they don't mess around.

"We like to keep things going like a DJ," Patterson said. "No stage jokes and stopping and talking. We play. You sweat. That's the agreement."

The man

Patterson, an Anderson native, grew up in a family of musicians. Fond memories take him back to days of listening to the Patterson Brother's Trio, a group made up of his father, Leonard Patterson Sr., who played the organ, and his uncles Benny and Jimmy, who played the saxophone and drums.

As an adult, Patterson has taken that familial love of music and written songs with it -- for himself, as well as with major recording artists in mind.

Some of his material has been forwarded to stars like Boyz II Men and Jennifer Lopez.

"A lot of times, I'll write stuff and it's like, 'Man, that felt good,' and they'll send it back and say you need to work on your song structure or you need to do this or you need to do that," Patterson said.

But the feedback Patterson gets is beneficial, and he hopes it will someday help him win that Grammy.

"Being able to have the masses hear (my songs) . . . would be pretty satisfying," he said.

- Nicole Edwards, INtake Weekly



Girls Have Fun Tonight - single, London Rose 2012
Feel Good Music - album, Living Proof 2009
Price of a Dream - album, Living Proof 2004
No Dark Days - single, IndianapolisMusic.Net 2002
Midwest Music Summit 2001 Promo CD
INDY MP3 Project CD
Prelude - EP (1993)
Soul Patrol - EP (1991)



As a member of Indianapolis-based cover band, Living Proof, Patterson has made a living on stage. Over the last 10 years, he has fronted the band along side his wife and have been voted on the "Best Of" lists each of those years. Patterson has written 100s of songs, performed them live, and been able to secure national airplay in heavy rotation.

In 2012, Patterson also started the 3-girl group London Rose in which his wife helmed. The trio performed at the 2012 106th St. Festival and Ocktober Music Festival in NYC as well as released their single: "Girls Have Fun Tonight", written by Patterson.

Currently a member of the Recording Academy, he is seeking publishing deals, TV/Film and Artist placements.