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The 13-track odyssey opens with the irresistible “Catch Me When I Fall.” Rahsaan explains, “The thing we want to know in a relationship is will we be caught if and when we do fall?
At a lot of times we get deep in a relationship and then contemplate, ‘will you catch me?
I was so inspired by the music that it was easy to write what needed to be said.” Rahsaan collaborated with songwriter Jamey Jaz (Ledisi, Gladys Knight, Chanté Moore) for the seductive funk workout “Silly, Love Fool.” “We’ve been collaborating with one another since 1992 and when we are together it is magic. Over the course of my albums our collaborations together always resonated with people.” “Rock And Roll” is a straight up party jam that effortlessly fuses genre and feel.
“I am more than classic R&B guy,” declares Rahsaan.
Arie, George Duke) and Joi (Outkast, Goodie Mobb, Organized Noize) who sings background on the track.
A pleasant surprise on Heroes & Gods is Rahsaan Patterson’s take on Luther Vandross’ 1982 top ten single “Don’t You Know That,” which is a song he started covering in shows about four years ago.
His songs have been recorded by Brandy and Van Hunt and he has collaborated with many of the greatest female voices of his generation including Faith Evans, Ledisi and Rachelle Ferrell.
From his eponymously titled debut in 1997 to his last album, bleuphoria (2011), Rahsaan Patterson’s adventurous musical palette, which fuses the worlds of R&B, funk, jazz, gospel and electronica, has continuously kept his fans on the edge of their seats.
“Luther Vandross was one of those artists who could take a song and cover it as if you never heard it before,” states Rahsaan.
“I am a fan of his not only vocally but how he could make a song his own while paying homage to it.” The first single on Heroes & Gods is the glorious “Sent From Heaven.” The brilliant horn orchestration and tasteful arrangement perfectly frame Rahsaan Patterson’s impeccable voice as he give thanks and sings, ”My days are much brighter because you’re Sent From Heaven.” The song has all the makings of an instant classic and beautifully illustrates Rahsaan’s keen abilities as a songwriter.
Rahsaan Patterson’s Shanachie debut, Heroes & Gods, is as much an intimate sonic diary as it is a love letter to his fans.
“A lot of the songs and even the title come from life and the lessons learned from what some might call failure.
“I have been influenced by classic material and artists.