Jennifer Batten

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Jennifer Batten
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Batten on stage in 2010
Background information
Born (1957-11-29) November 29, 1957 (age 59)
New York City, New York, United States
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
Notable instruments
Washburn JB-100
Parker Bronze Fly
Line 6 JTV-69 Variax

Jennifer Batten (born November 29, 1957) 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 authored two music books: Two Hand Rock (published by Hal Leonard) and The Transcribed Guitar Solos of Peter Sprague.

Away from music Batten enjoys creating stained glass 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". In an interview, she said, "People often want to know why I started. It was a two-parter. One part is seeing the Beatles on TV and my whole neighborhood, and I lived in this little tiny town in upstate New York, and the whole neighborhood was all about the Beatles. And, the other part is my sister had a guitar and I didn't and I was jealous. So, when I finally got a guitar, it was electric, which way back then in the 60s it was odd for a kid, especially an eight year old, to get an electric for your first guitar. I thought, it was the bomb." [3] 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 from classmate Steve Lynch 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), Bret Helm's "Doc Tahri" and the debut of The Immigrants. Her music video appearances include Jeff Beck (Live in Japan), Michael Jackson (Dirty Diana), (Moonwalker "Come Together"), Natalie Cole ("Wild Women Do"), and Sara Hickman and Miguel Mateos's "Obsesión".

Batten played lead 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 nations, the largest audience in television history for a live performance.[4] She was in British guitar legend Jeff Beck's band for three years from 1999.

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. ^ American Musical Supply (2017-04-20), Jennifer Batten Interview - AMS Exclusive Interview, retrieved 2017-06-30 
  4. ^ "Media overstates global appeal of the Super Bowl". Retrieved May 11, 2017.

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