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 60)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Soul, R&B, jazz-funk, post-disco, urban, soft rock, new wave, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, record producer, music director, educator
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboardist, flute, clarinet, percussion
Years active 1972–present
Labels Prestige, Elektra, Arista, GRP, Aix Entertainment, Discovery
Associated acts CAB
Website Official website

Patrice Louise Rushen (born September 30, 1954) is an American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist. 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, but "Forget Me Nots" was the only one to crack the Top 40 pop chart.

Biography[edit]

Rushen is the elder of two daughters born to Allen and Ruth Rushen.[1] In her teens, she attended south LA's Locke High 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]

Awards[edit]

  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[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard 200 (Pop Albums) Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Black Albums) Top Jazz Albums (Jazz Albums) Top 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
1990 The Meeting 17
1994 Anything but Ordinary
1996 Haven't You Heard - The Best of Patrice Rushen
1997 Signature 9
2002 The Essentials: Patrice Rushen

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
R&B/Hip-Hop
U.S.
Dance
UK Singles Chart[9]
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 -
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
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 - -
1988 "Come Back to Me" - 65 37 -
"Watch Out" - 9 - -

Filmography[edit]

Musical directing[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  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. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Celebrity Author". Toi Moore. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Rhythm & Blues Legend = Patrice Rushen". Mingle City. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths ST. LOUIS, MARIE - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1999-06-15. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  6. ^ http://www.berklee.edu/about/honorary-degree-recipients.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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. 

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