This presents an opportunity to discuss the notion of musical authenticity in soul music.
Patterson defines soul as "raw, honest emotion, not contrived".
He's dressed in jeans and a red and grey striped v-neck sweater.
The bracelets dangling on his wrists seem to glow in the soft light of dusk.
He stands about 40 blocks away from his grandparents' church in Harlem and a few lifetimes away from his childhood.
Ever since the arrival of his self-titled debut in 1997 on MCA Records, Rahsaan Patterson has been catching up to himself, especially with the young boy who moved to Los Angeles at an early age to pursue show business.
"I was a pretty sad individual," Patterson shares, "very emotional, and was like, 'What the fuck is this shit? I'm impressed and heartened by how comfortably he opens up:"Traumatic things happen in your life as kids and more traumatic shit happens as adults. In the midst of his romantic frustration Patterson still entertains his listeners.The man is noted for communicating truth in his work and the new songs reflect a generous amount of it.Ledisi explains the genius of Rahsaan Patterson this way: "Rahsaan's greatest artistic strength is his ability to be overly honest in his recordings and in his live performances.It is 25 September 2007, the release date for Rahsaan Patterson's fourth album, Wines and Spirits.The sun is making its slow descent across the Manhattan skyline when the artist unassumingly walks onto the terrace of a west-side hotel.