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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. 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.
Rushen is the elder of two daughters born to Allen and Ruth Rushen. 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 married Marc St. Louis, a concert tour manager and live show production specialist, in 1986. They have one son Cameron. 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. 
- 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||-|
- 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)
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- http://www.berklee.edu/about/honorary-degree-recipients. Missing or empty
- 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