Jennifer Batten

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Jennifer Batten
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Batten performing in 2010
Background information
Born New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Instrumental rock, jazz fusion, hard rock, electronica
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer, filmmaker, visual artist
Instruments Guitar, guitar synthesizer
Years active 1980–present
Labels Voss, East West, Lion
Associated acts Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck

Jennifer Batten is an American guitarist who has worked as a session musician and solo artist.[1] From 1987 to 1997 Batten played in all three of Michael Jackson's world tours, and from 1999 to 2001 she toured and recorded with Jeff Beck. She has released three studio albums: her 1992 debut, Above Below and Beyond (produced by former Stevie Wonder guitarist Michael Sembello), the worldbeat-influenced Jennifer Batten's Tribal Rage: Momentum in 1997, and Whatever, which was released on CD and DVD in Japan in September 2007 and worldwide in April 2008. She partnered in a melodic rock CD with vocalist Marc Scherer and producer Jim Peterik (formerly of Survivor) which was released in September 2017 entitled Scherer Batten "BattleZone". All songs were written or co-written by Jim Peterik. Special guests include saxophonist Mindi Abair and Chicago vocalist Bill Champlain. The song "Space and Time" was co-written with Jon Wetton, and the song "All Roads" was co-written with Sammy Hagar. Jennifer made videos for all songs on her YouTube channel Scherer Batten playlist.

She authored two music books: Two Hand Rock (published by Hal Leonard) and The Transcribed Guitar Solos of Peter Sprague(self published). She also has 3 DVD/download courses available from TruefireDOTcom; "Rock Sauce for Lead Guitar", "Rock Sauce for Rhythm Guitar", and "50 Ultra Intervallic Guitar Licks You Must Know"

Away from music Batten enjoys creating stained and fused glass art, and Steampunk (Victorian Era Sci-Fi metal art) art.[2]

Early years[edit]

Batten began to play guitar at the age of 8 when her father bought her a "killer red and blue electric". Her early influences came from the Beatles, B.B. King, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jeff Beck.[2]

Batten started to experiment with the two-handed tapping technique in 1978 having been inspired by Guitar Institute of Technology classmate Steve Lynch (who ended up playing for the band Autograph) while attending the Musicians Institute in 1978.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Batten has appeared on recordings such as Jeff Beck's Who Else! (1999) and You Had It Coming (2001), Michael Sembello's Heavy Weather (1992). Her music video appearances include Jeff Beck (Live in Japan), Michael Jackson's "Moonwalker" ("Come Together"), Natalie Cole ("Wild Women Do"), and Sara Hickman's "Take It Like a Man" and Miguel Mateos's "Obsesión".

Batten played lead guitar and rhythm guitar on Michael Jackson's Bad (1987–1989), Dangerous (1992) and HIStory (1996–1997) world tours, and on his 1993 Super Bowl halftime performance, which was aired to over 1.3 billion people in 86 countries, was the largest audience in television history for a live performance.[3] She was in Jeff Beck's touring band for three years from 1999 and appears on his albums Who Else! (1999) and You Had It Coming.

Between 1994 and 1999 Batten worked with Dave Rodgers and Domino as featured guitarist on the eurobeat songs "Sun City", "Music For the People", "Fly" and "Woa Woa Woa." Her writing and performing is uncredited in several other songs under the A-Beat C label.[citation needed] Her live Eurobeat appearances were limited to playing at the Tokyo Dome with Rodgers and Queen of Hearts.

In 2010 she recorded a solo for the song "Bad Girls" by Polish singer Doda.

In November 2011, Batten was featured on BBC Radio 4's series Joan Armatrading's More Guitar Favourites.


Solo albums[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • 1990: Shortstop – Sara Hickman (Elektra)
  • 1990: Girl's Life – The Rainbow Girls (Red Distribution)
  • 1990: Obsesion – Miguel Mateos (Sony BMG)
  • 1991: Small Town Girl – Cindy Cruse (Frontline Records)
  • 1992: Heavy Weather – Michael Sembello (Polydor)
  • 1993: Guitar's Practicing Musicians – various artists (Guitar Recordings)
  • 1994: Sunlight AgainCarl Anderson (singer) (GRP Records)
  • 1995: Earthtones – Thom Teresi (Rhombus)
  • 1995: One Planet Under One Groove – The Immigrants (USG Records)
  • 1995: Guitar ZeusCarmine Appice (No Bull Records)
  • 1997: Einstein was a Bullfighter – Doc Tahri (Sumething Else)
  • 1999: Who Else!Jeff Beck (Epic)
  • 2001: You Had It Coming, Jeff Beck, (Epic)
  • 2003: Lost Years – Michael Sembello (Frontiers Records)
  • 2005: All Star Tribute to Cher (Cleopatra)
  • 2005: Secondhand Smoke - A Tribute to Frank Marino (Wildmess Records)
  • 2008: Clean – Dave Martone (Magna Carta)
  • 2009: Unexpected Fate – Bulldozer (Scarlet)
  • 2010: It's Important – Dino Fiorenza (Fog Foundation)
  • 2011: Glenn Eric – Glenn Eric Meganck (Beachfront)
  • 2011: Japan Live 1999, Jeff Beck (IMV Blueline)
  • 2011: Embrace the Sun - Japan Benefit Album (Lion Music)
  • 2012: Live at Wembley July 16, 1988, Michael Jackson (Epic)


  1. ^ Saulnier, Jason (23 July 2008). "Jennifer Batten Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jennifer Batten Interview". Guitarhoo!. October 23, 2005. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Media overstates global appeal of the Super Bowl". Retrieved May 11, 2017.

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