Patrice Rushen

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Patrice Rushen
Patrice Rushen 2010.jpg
Rushen performing on March 2, 2010
Background information
Birth name Patrice Louise Rushen
Born (1954-09-30) September 30, 1954 (age 64)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • composer
  • record producer
  • music director
  • educator
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboardist
  • flute
  • clarinet
  • percussion
Years active 1973–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website Official website

Patrice Louise Rushen (born September 30, 1954) is an American jazz pianist and R&B singer. She is also a composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music director. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots", received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had great success on the R&B and dance charts. "Haven't You Heard" went to number 7 on the R&B charts, with "Forget Me Nots" as her only top 40 pop hit in the United States.

Biography

Rushen is the elder of two daughters born to Allen and Ruth Rushen.[1] In her teens, she attended south LA's Locke High School and went on to earn a degree in music from the University of Southern California.[2] Rushen married Marc St. Louis, a concert tour manager and live show production specialist,[3] in 1986.[4] They have one son Cameron.[4][5] Her nickname is "Babyfingers," a reference to her small hands. In 2005, Rushen received an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Berklee College of Music.[6] She has been a member of jazz fusion band CAB.[7]

Her song "Hang it Up" was featured on the 2005 video game Fahrenheit.[8]

Cultural Impact

The chorus from Forget Me Nots was used as the music for the 1997 song Men in Black. The song was a number one hit in ten countries, and was the top most played song on American radio. Rushen was credited as writer and composer, along with Will Smith and Terry McFadden.

The same chorus can also be heard in George Michael's song Fast Love.

Awards

  1. ASCAP Songwriter's Award, 1988
  2. USC Black Student Assembly, Legacy of Excellence Award, 1992
  3. Crystal Award, American Women in Film, 1994
  4. ASCAP Award, Most Performed Song in Motion Pictures for 1997 for "Men in Black," 1998

Discography

Solo albums

Year Album Chart positions
US
Pop
US
R&B
US
Jazz
US
Contemp.
Jazz
1974 Prelusion
1975 Before the Dawn 48 14
1976 Shout It Out 164 16
Let There Be Funk: The Best of Patrice Rushen 42
1978 Patrice 98 27 5
1979 Pizzazz 39 11 2
1980 Posh 71 23
1982 Straight from the Heart 14 4
1984 Now 40 7 7
1985 Anthology of Patrice Rushen
1987 Watch Out! 77 19 17
1994 Anything but Ordinary
1996 Haven't You Heard - The Best of Patrice Rushen
1996 Forget Me Nots and Remind Me
1997 Signature 9
2002 The Essentials: Patrice Rushen

Singles

Year Title Chart positions
US
Hot
100
US
R&B
US
Dance
UK
[9]
1975 "Kickin' Back" - - - -
1977 "Let Your Heart Be Free" - - - -
"The Hump" - - - -
1978 "Changes in Your Life" - - - -
1979 "Hang It Up" - 16 - -
"When I Found You" - 87 - -
1980 "Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up" - 47 - -
"Haven't You Heard" 42 7 5 62
"Let the Music Take Me" - 50 - -
"Look Up" 102 13 2 -
"Don't Blame Me" - - - -
1981 "Never Gonna Give You Up (Won't Let You Be)" - - 2 66
1982 "Forget Me Nots" 23 4 2 8
"Breakout!" - 46 - -
"I Was Tired of Being Alone" - 79 - 39
"Number One" - - - -
1984 "Get Off (You Fascinate Me)" - 26 40 -
"Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)" 78 2 10 51
1987 "Watch Out" - 9 22 -
"Anything Can Happen" - 51 - -
"Come Back to Me" - 65 37 -
1994 "I Do" - - - -
2004 "Forget Me Nots / Number One" - - - 90

With The Meeting

With Eddie Henderson

With Jean-Luc Ponty

Filmography

Musical directing

  • The 48th Annual Grammy Awards (2006) (TV) (musical director)
  • The 47th Annual Grammy Awards (2005) (TV) (musical director)
  • The 10th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Smokey Robinson (2004) (TV) (musical director)
  • The 46th Annual Grammy Awards (2004) (TV) (musical director)
  • The 9th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Aretha Franklin (2003) (TV) (musical director)
  • The 8th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Stevie Wonder (2002) (TV) (musical director)
  • The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime (1991) (TV) (musical director)
  • "No Strings" by "Sheena Easton"- Rushen as record producer. (1993)
  • The Women of Brewster Place (1989) (TV) (special musical consultant)
  • "The Midnight Hour" (1990) TV Series Herself (Musical Director) (unknown episodes, 1990)
  • Robert Townsend's HBO variety show series: "Partners in Crime" (1988) (TV) (musical director)

References

  1. ^ a b "California Birth Index, 1905–1995 (database on-line)". United States: The Generations Network. 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  2. ^ "Patrice Rushen MM '76". University of Southern California. Archived from the original on November 28, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2008.
  3. ^ "Celebrity Author". Toi Moore. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  4. ^ a b "Rhythm & Blues Legend = Patrice Rushen". Mingle City. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths ST. LOUIS, MARIE – New York Times". Nytimes.com. June 15, 1999. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  6. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients".
  7. ^ ""C.A.B." With Bunny Brunel And Tony MacAlpine Live at the Baked Potato". All About Jazz. May 29, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Rack, Donald (November 22, 2005). "Indigo Prophecy – Soundtrack Lyrics FAQ". IGN. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 476. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  • Hogan, Ed. "Patrice Rushen". VH1. Retrieved 2007-05-09.

External links

  • Patrice Rushen at AllMusic
  • Patrice Rushen discography at Discogs
  • Patrice Rushen on IMDb
  • Patrice Rushen 2012 Audio Interview at Soulinterviews.com
  • Patrice Rushen Interview NAMM Oral History Program
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