Born just outside Chicago, Kellee Patterson grew up in Gary, Indiana. The stunningly beautiful youngster was equally talented. She began winning talent contests at
the tender age of five and often found herself in competition with Gary neighbors, The Jackson Five. At many of these local contests Michael and his siblings would win
the boys portion while Kellee took home the girls prize. These contests led to her singing professionally by the age of sixteen.
After finishing high school Kellee enrolled in a local college. While in college Kellee was asked to front a rock/pop band. "Groovy & The Electra's" played school gigs
and local pubs mainly doing covers of current hit songs. Kellee was often hailed for her renditions of Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin hits. Upon graduation from
college Kellee entered the "Indiana State Miss America Pageant." To no ones surprise she won the 1971 title and at the National level won the "Special Talent Award."
This led to recording offers from all the labels. After fielding an offer from Motown she chose Gene Russell's Black Jazz Records label. The label boasted some of the
most artistic and talented people of the day. Their roster included Doug Carn and wife, future disco star Jean Carn, and Rudolph Johnson and The Awakening among
others. Her sole output for the label was an album entitled "Maiden Voyage." Her cover of the Herbie Hancock classic was lauded for it's innovative delivery but failed
to ignite a sales fire. After Russell decided to close the label's door and turn Black Jazz into a production business he then persuaded Patterson to sign with Shadybrook
Her tenure with Shadybrook was prolific in her brief recording career and more importantly, rewarding. Her first album, "Kellee" contained cover versions of
popular hits most notably a cool jazz version of Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby." Her second album "Be Happy" was released in 1977 and
the first single, "If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It" was an instant success. Earning her a gold record and awards as the "Most Promising Female Singer" by Cashbox and
Record World magazines. The album also featured "Movin' In The Right Direction" a song that Stephanie Mills had recorded a year earlier and "Turn On The Lights" her
first 12" single. The faltering label seemed plagued by poor management and lack of promotional skills. Kellee didn't resurface again until 1979 with her biggest and final
track for the label. The 12" single "Let Go, Let Go (Let Love Be The Driver)" was and is still a highly sought after collector's item.
On the road to her recording career Kellee also took a turn at acting. She made brief appearances on "The Streets Of San Francisco" (1975), "The Dukes Of Hazzard"
(1979) and "The Mike Douglas Show" (1981) as herself. After the disco-era Kellee disappeared, perhaps she settled down and got married? A recent sighting of her was
on the 2009 "Michael Jackson Memorial" where she sang "Heal The World" to her friend and former neighbor. If anyone knows where Kellee is or what she's been up to
let us know...in the mean time thanks Kellee for sharing your talents with us!