K A Patterson
Following his birth on Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, K A Patterson spent his first 16 years of life traveling the country and the world as the son of a career military father. This "Air Force Brat" background gave him both Minuses and Plusses in life.
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.
Most people havenâ€™t had the opportunity to experience life in multiple regions of America and a foreign country and to travel in 8 European nations by the time they graduate from High School.
Although his first song was written at age 11, when he was still known to most people as Keith, his first commercially viable song was penned at 14, which was still before he owned or could play an instrument. That song, "I Still Love You So", is included in the Louisville Lady CD. About six months after writing it, he bought his first guitar from a friend for $6, and began teaching himself to play.
By the time of his father's 1974 retirement in the Florida panhandle, the High School Junior had become known to most of his friends as â€œKAâ€. During college days and into early adulthood, KA gradually drifted back to being addressed primarily by his first name, but retains the KA handle today for music career purposes. He is 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. He attended a Christian college in Temple Terrace (Tampa suburb) and received his degree from Okaloosa Walton Community College in Niceville.
He met and married his wife, Scarlett ("Louisville Lady"), while living in the Sunshine State. They moved to Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte, NC area) for 2-1/2 years before becoming permanent members of the Middle Tennessee community during the summer of 1988. Scarlett, now a Registered Nurse for many years in Nashville hospitals, and Keith have been married since May of 1984. They have two daughters, born in 1987 and 1990.
Occupation wise, Keith's career in Electrical Construction Engineering spans more than 26 years. He is a Certified Lighting Designer and past Vice President, Treasurer, and Committee Chairman for the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). Industry trends making his Engineering career increasingly demanding and less secure fueled his redoubling of efforts to make songwriting a serious component of his livelihood.
The songwriting of K A Patterson parallels his life. His songs embody what life is for the average American Joe, each work born of actual life experiences. From songs of love about the objects of his affection during high school and college days ("I Still Love You So", "Let Me Love You If It's Not Too Late", and others) to the tragic but hopeful "Sheila's Wings", inspired by the death at age 41 of a friend and childhood flame, to appreciation of one's hometown in the bluegrassy "Montgomery In The Rain", the songs capture what people's lives are all about. So the music of K A Patterson will endear itself to real people facing real life acheivements, dilemmas, and tragedies for generations to come. Listen to these songs and hear life--complete with its ecstasy, its pain, its love, its despair, and its hope--woven into each musical story. Listen and enjoy, listen and relate, listen and be moved. K A Patterson, writing life....
Check out the artist's website:
1. No One Else But You
2. Louisville Lady
3. Written In The Tears
4. I Still Love You So
5. Let Me Love You If It's Not Too Late