Patrick Moten


1957 – 1999


Who was Patrick Moten?

Patrick Moten was an American musician and songwriter, who co-wrote Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now". Years later, he would be credited as a co-writer of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together", when Carey would reuse portions of "If You're Think You're Lonely Now" in "We Belong Together".

Born Patrick Lawrence Moten, in March 1957, Moten was a songwriter, arranger, producer and pianist. He was born in Los Angeles. At an early age he displayed a remarkable interest and ability in music. He graduated from Westchester High School in 1975, and later resided in nearby Marina Del Rey, California.

Moten studied classical music with Lucille B. Hughly and Professor William Wilkins, but switched to soul music after witnessing Billy Preston. Moten then formed a band that opened for 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. Through Ike Turner, he befriended Bobby Womack, working with him on many projects, including both Poet albums and another with Sam Cooke's daughter, Linda Cooke.

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Mar 17, 1957
Los Angeles
  • United States of America
  • Westchester High School
Nov 22, 1999
Los Angeles

on July 23, 2013


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