b. Patrick Lawrence Moten, 17th March 1957, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. 22nd November 1999, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Patrick Moten was a multi talented songwriter, arranger, producer and pianist.
Patrick was born and grew up in Los Angeles and later resided in Marina Del Rey in California.
At an early age there were early signs of an interest and ability in music.
He studied classical music with Lucille B. Hughly and Professor William Wilkins, but switched to soul music after witnessing Billy Preston perform at a local club.
Patrick then formed a band that opened for major soul acts like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Rufus, the Dramatics, the Young Hearts, Donny Hathaway, Natalie Cole, New Birth, Undisputed Truth, B.B. King, and others.
Later he travelled the world on a Tina Turner tour, and her ex-husband, Ike, instructed him with recording and engineering.
He produced Johnnie Taylor's 'Just Ain't Good Enough' on Beverly Glen Records in 1982 (featuring 'What About My Love'), and played a major role on Anita Baker's 'Songtress' album, co-writing 'Angel', 'You're The Best Thing Yet' and 'Will You Be Mine'.
In 1987, he wrote several songs for Rosie Gaines for an album entitled 'No Sweeter Love' (featuring the excellent track 'Crazy'), that was subsequently shelved at the time, later to be resurrected by the Expansion label in the UK in the year 2000.
He continued the liaison with Anita Baker on her 'Rhythm Of Love' album.
Patrick was a Prince Hall Freemason in California.
Sadly, Moten passed away on 22nd November 1999 from liver failure.
He was 42 years old. A real shame.