Patrice Rushen performing on March 2, 2010
|Birth name||Patrice Louise Rushen|
September 30, 1954 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Genres||Soul, R&B, jazz-funk, post-disco, urban, soft rock, new wave, pop|
|Occupations||Musician, composer, record producer, music director, educator|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, keyboardist, flute, clarinet, percussion|
|Labels||Prestige, Elektra, Arista, GRP, Aix Entertainment, Discovery|
Patrice Louise Rushen (born September 30, 1954) is an American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist. She is best known for the 1982 hit, "Forget Me Nots", for which she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Rushen is the elder of two daughters born to the late Allen Rushen and the former Ruth Harris. She demonstrated her musical potential at a young age; she was regarded as a child prodigy. 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.
Rushen has many ground-breaking achievements. She became the first woman to serve as head composer/musical director for the Grammy Awards and the Emmy Awards, and the first woman to serve as musical director for the NAACP Image Awards' broadcast, an honor she held for twelve consecutive years. Additionally, Rushen has been the only woman to be a musical director/composer for the People's Choice Awards, HBO's Comic Relief and the only woman musical director/conductor/arranger for a late-night television talk show, The Midnight Hour.
In addition, Rushen was named musical director/composer for Newsweek's first American Achievement Awards, broadcast on CBS from the Kennedy Center and she served as the musical director for Janet Jackson's janet. World Tour.
Solo career 
Rushen has also achieved great success as a singer. A classically trained pianist, Rushen has spent a great deal of time channeling her skills musically. Winning a competition at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival gained Rushen national attention, which earned her a recording contract with Prestige Records in 1973.
After recording three albums and becoming an in-demand session player, with artists that included Jean-Luc Ponty, Rushen signed with Elektra Records in 1977. Forging jazz/R&B/funk fusion, her signature sound from the melding of these styles gave her success with a string of Top Ten R&B hits, including "Haven't You Heard," "Forget Me Nots," "Feels So Real," "Watch Out," "You Remind Me," and "Never Gonna Give You Up" from her first five solo albums (Patrice, Pizzazz, Posh, Straight From the Heart, and Now). Rushen guested on Soul Train, where she performed her single "I Need Your Love" in 1981. She also penned the opening theme for The Steve Harvey Show. Her mentor and friend is Quincy Jones. Rushen also plays multiple instruments including the flute, clarinet and various kinds of percussion.
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With Lalo Schifrin
- No One Home (Tabu, 1979)
Samples and covers 
- Her 1982 hit song "Forget Me Nots" has been sampled several times. The most notable has been its inclusion as the driving musical element in Will Smith's "Men In Black", the theme to the 1997 film of the same name. The song won a Grammy Award, which co-writers Freddie Washington and Terry McFaddin also shared. Also in 1996, "Forget Me Nots" was featured prominently in the bridge of George Michael's #1 hit "Fastlove."
- The 1998 hit "Strawberries" by female rapper Smooth samples "Where There Is Love" from Rushen's 1982 album Straight From The Heart.
- "Haven't You Heard" was sampled prominently into gospel artist Kirk Franklin's 2005 hit "Looking For You," with gospel lyrics written by Franklin. The song was also interpolated into Zhane's early 1990s hit "Groove Thang." It was also prominently featured in House track "I feel good things for you" by Daddies favourite.
- Musiq Soulchild covered Rushen's "Settle For My Love", as a duet with sibling group Aaries on 2000 debut album Aijuswanaseing.
- "Remind Me" from her 1982 album, Straight from the Heart, was sampled by 9th Wonder on the remix of "The Cross", from the 9th Wonder remix album, God's Stepson.
- On her 1995 debut album Faith (Faith Evans album), singer-songwriter Faith Evans used a sample from "Remind Me" on the song "Fallin' In Love".
- In 1994 Long Beach rapper Lil' ½ Dead released the album The Dead Has Arisen. Track #2 "12 Pacofdoja" contained a sample of "Where There Is Love", modified into the G-Funk style of the era.
- Danny! sampled "When I Found You" on Danny Is Dead 's "Press Conference", "The Dream" on "Lucky Me" from Dream, Extinguished, and "Yolon" from Dream, Fulfilled 's "Le Pamplemousse". The producer/rapper would later compile the unreleased Rushen Roulette, an instrumental album utilizing only Patrice Rushen samples, as homage to Rushen.
- On their final album Nuttin' But Love in 1994, Heavy D & The Boyz sampled "You Remind Me" on their song "Take Your Time".
- In 1992, R. Kelly featuring group Public Announcement used a sample of "Remind Me" for the song "Born into the 90's" from Kelly's debut collaboration album of the same name.
- Producer Clark Kent uses a sample of "Remind Me" for the Junior M.A.F.I.A. song "I Need You Tonight" featuring Aaliyah.
- Sacramento rapper Brotha Lynch Hung sampled "Remind Me" on his 1992 ep 24 Deep, for the track "Walkin 2 My Funeral".
- The gangsta rap group RBL Posse also sampled "Remind Me" on their 1992 album, A Lesson to Be Learned, on their track also titled "Remind Me".
- Intelligent Hoodlum sampled "Remind Me" on his 1993 single "Grand Groove."
- Rapper Skee-Lo sampled "Remind Me" on his song "Top Of The Stairs".
- R&B singer Keith Sweat's discovery group, Kut Klose used a sample "Remind Me" on their song "Keep On" on their 1995 debut album, Surrender.
- Rapper Shyheim sampled "Settle for my Love" on his song Shaolin Style feat. Method Man
- Swedish DJ Eric Prydz and Australian producer Daniel R Muller released his single Pjanoo in 2008, which contains a piano riff inspired by Rushen's "I Was Tired Of Being Alone"
- Mary J. Blige's "You Remind Me" contains excerpts of Rushen's "Remind Me."
- SWV's "I'm So Into You" contains excerpts of Rushen's "Remind Me."
- R&B duo Trina & Tamara, sisters of R&B singer Jesse Powell, who is best known for his hit, "You" covered the song from their 1999 self-titled album.
- Brandy's remix "Sittin' Up in My Room" has been sampled "Haven't You Heard" featuring rapper LL Cool J in 1995.
- ASCAP Songwriter's Award, 1988
- USC Black Student Assembly, Legacy of Excellence Award, 1992
- Crystal Award, American Women in Film, 1994
- ASCAP Award, Most Performed Song in Motion Pictures for 1997 for "Men in Black," 1998
|Year||Album||Billboard 200 (Pop Albums)||Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Black Albums)||Top Jazz Albums (Jazz Albums)||Top Contemp. Jazz|
|1975||Before the Dawn||48||14|
|1976||Shout It Out||164||16|
|Let There Be Funk: The Best Of Patrice Rushen||42|
|1982||Straight from the Heart||14||4|
|1985||Anthology of Patrice Rushen|
|1994||Anything but Ordinary|
|1996||Haven't You Heard - The Best of Patrice Rushen|
|2002||The Essentials: Patrice Rushen|
|UK Singles Chart|
|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||-||-|
|1981||"Never Gonna Give You Up (Won't Let You Be)"||-||-||2||66|
|1982||"Forget Me Nots"||23||4||2||8|
|"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|
|"Anything Can Happen"||-||51||-||-|
|1988||"Come Back to Me"||-||65||37||-|
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)
- "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (database on-line)". United States: The Generations Network. 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- "Patrice Rushen MM ’76". University of Southern California. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
- 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.
- Audio interview with Patrice Rushen on the Sodajerker on Songwriting podcast
- Patrice Rushen at Allmusic
- Patrice Rushen discography at Discogs
- Patrice Rushen at the Internet Movie Database
- Patrice Rushen 2012 Audio Interview at Soulinterviews.com