Jennifer Rush

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Jennifer Rush
Jennifer Rush.jpg
Rush performing in 1988.
Background information
Birth name Heidi Stern
Born (1960-09-28) September 28, 1960 (age 55)
Origin Queens, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop, dance-rock[1]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1979–present
Labels Affiliations with: CBS Songs, Sony Records, CBS, Columbia EMI – EMI Publishing, Virgin Records, Rockbird Music (owned by Ms. Rush)
Associated acts Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion
Website Official website

Jennifer Rush (born Heidi Stern, September 28, 1960) is an American pop singer best known for the million-selling single "The Power of Love", which she co-wrote. She achieved success in the mid 1980s, mainly throughout Europe, Latin America and South Africa with a number of hit singles and albums.

Career[edit]

Born in Queens, New York, Jennifer Rush spent her childhood in New York City, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and in Seattle, Washington with her father, who was then a professor at the University of Washington. Her first album Heidi Stern was released in 1979 locally in Seattle, Washington. After meeting Gene McDaniels (African-American songwriter, singer, producer of countless hits of the 60's and 70's) in Seattle, Washington, Rush flew to LA to record demo songs with Mr. McDaniels. Rush credits McDaniels for being her first and most influential mentor as a songwriter, singer. Mr. McDaniels made Seattle his home for a few years as he wanted to be physically close to his youngest son whom he adored. Gene was also an advocate for not only his own direct community, but also for songwriter's rights, artist's right and a staunch very vocal supporter of women and their personal freedoms. In 1982, following McDaniels' and her father's persistence Rush moved to Wiesbaden, Germany, where her father Maurice Stern, was engaged as an opera singer. As musicians, both her father and McDaniels were aware Germany had been very welcoming to female singers. Although Rush is not of German heritage, she did speak some German, having spent part of her early childhood in Germany.

Rush is a prolific songwriter and has co-written many of the songs on her albums, with her producers most notably: Desmond Child, Phil Ramone, Michael Powell, Barry Eastmond, Christopher O'Neil.

Over the next several years she scored hits throughout Europe, Africa and Asia with songs "25 Lovers", "Flames of Paradise" (duet with Elton John) "Ring of Ice", "Destiny", "If You're Ever Gonna Lose My Love", "I Come Undone" and "Madonna's Eyes".[citation needed] Rush also sung duets with Michael Bolton ("Same Heart"), Placido Domingo ("Til I Loved You") and Bryan May (Queen) and Jose Carreras (Amigos Para Siempre).

Rush's parents met when they were both students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She dedicated her first album release to her mother, "In Memory of Barbara", who had died from cancer before it's release and multi million sales worldwide. Both her older brothers are musicians Bobby Stern (a saxophonist)[2] and Stephen Stern (guitarist/singer/songwriter). In 2010, Rush revealed that she adopted her artist name "Jennifer" upon the insistence of her first publishing/recording company, CBS Songs, the publishing unit of CBS Germany, with whom she signed her first contracts. At the very beginning of her career she wanted to concentrate only on her songwriting, not on singing. It was the co-written single "The Power of Love" (the fourth and last single release from her first LP) that became the biggest selling single of 1985 in the United Kingdom, (as well as becoming a significant hit in Australia, Ireland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, South Africa and Sweden), and was listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as "the best-selling single by a female solo artist in the history of the British music industry". "The Power of Love" held that status until 1992, when it was outsold by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You".

"The Power of Love" topped the charts for more than eight weeks in Australia, South Africa and numerous European countries. Number one in several countries, Rush's version reached only number 57 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart. After several cover versions by other artists, the Celine Dion version made a U.S. chart impact in 1994.

Rush remains successful singing in both English and Spanish where her next two albums reached number 1 for 14 weeks and 9 weeks respectively. In the UK, however, her chart career saw only a few sporadic bursts of success, but she did manage three top 50 albums. It was Rush's 1987 album Heart over Mind, featuring compositions by Desmond Child and Michael Bolton and Diane Warren and also guitar work from Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), that finally brought her Top 40 success in her home country, with the Elton John duet "Flames of Paradise". She also recorded duets with Michael Bolton, Plácido Domingo and Brian May.

Rush built her success through the 1990s releasing four albums, the last being 1998's Classics (along with new songs, and also re-recording her biggest hits with the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra). After that she took some time off in New York, dedicating time to her daughter, who was born in 1993. She has recently publicly acknowledged being known as a songwriter and not a singer in New York City allowed her to raise her daughter in what she considered a more stable environment than she was raised. Allowing her to still travel and perform, but the admitted luxury of songwriting with colleagues based on the East Coast and available to her daughter as a single mom. A series of greatest hits compilation albums followed in the new millennium.

She released a boxed set Stronghold – The Collector's Hit Box in August 2007. This compilation included all Rush singles from 1982 to 1991 (with her first record company), and in their "extended versions", as available. It also included all the B-sides and other rare or unreleased tracks (among them four James Bond theme songs, recorded live in 1984 and only released in a very limited edition by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra).

In March 6, 2009, she announced on her official website that she had signed a worldwide recording contract with Sony Music/Ariola for only one album, "Now Is The Hour" which was released in 2010. This meant a return to the recording label where she made her international breakthrough in the 1980s and released the first five studio albums of her career. Now Is the Hour, was released on March 5, 2010 in most of Europe,[3] and on March 8, 2010 in the UK.[4] It was her first solo album with completely new material in eleven years.

Rush has been writing and collaborating on songs for current and future releases for other artists and her own releases. She is in negotiations and will co-partner to release solely on social media platforms in 2016.

In June – October 2015 Rush was in South Africa doing extensive recording, radio, and TV appearances most notably being a mentor and guest artist singing 2 co-written songs live on Idols SA October 4, 2015. Rush had spent considerable time in South Africa in recent years with her daughter and was honored to be on Idols SA.

Her live concert tour of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia started on October 9, 2015 and was to end November 8, with 13 sold out shows. Due to the sudden, grave illness of her father she performed the first 2 sold out shows, immediately cancelled the remaining dates and flew back to New York City with her daughter on October 15, 2015. Cancelled shows are planned to be rescheduled for either late 2016/early 2017.

Rush is scheduled to return to South Africa in early 2016.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[5]
US
[6]
GER
[7]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[6]
SWI
[6]
AUT
[8]
FRA
[8]
NLD
[8]
1982 "Tonight"
(as Heidi Stern)
Non-album track
1983 "Into My Dreams" 7 Jennifer Rush
"Come Give Me Your Hand"
1984 "25 Lovers" 25 9
"Ring of Ice" 14 22
1985 "The Power of Love" 1 57 9 1 3 3 1 32 4
"Destiny" 96 4 5 5 23 Movin'
1986 "Madonna's Eyes" 84 5 Jennifer Rush
"If You're Ever Gonna Lose My Love" 24 15 Movin'
"The Power of Love (Remix)" 55 Non-album track
1987 "I Come Undone" 94 11 9 28 Heart Over Mind
"Flames of Paradise"
(Duet with Elton John)
59 36 8 7
"Heart Over Mind" 25 29 24 9
1988 "Another Way" Non-album track
"You're My One and Only" 90 27 21 3 Passion
1989 "Keep All the Fires Burning Bright"
"Love Get Ready"
"Till I Loved You"
(Duet with Plácido Domingo)
24 Goya: A Life in Song
"Higher Ground" 98 54 27 Wings of Desire
1990 "Wings of Desire"
"We Are the Strong" Non-album track
1991 "Ave Maria (Survivors of a Different Kind)" The Power of Jennifer Rush
1992 "Never Say Never" 46 Jennifer Rush (1992)
1993 "Vision of You" 56
"A Broken Heart" 90
1995 "Tears in the Rain" 45 26 Out of My Hands
"Out of My Hands"
"Das Farbenspiel des Winds"
(Pocahontas' "The Colours of the Wind")
80 Pocahontas
1997 "Credo" 75 32 Credo
"Sweet Thing"
1998 "The End of a Journey" Classics
1999 "Ring of Ice" (Classics version)
2010 "Before the Dawn" Now Is the Hour
"Echoes Love"

NOTES:

  • "—" denotes releases that did not chart or that no info is known, or that the album was not released on that market.
  • "The Power of Love" also reached no.1 in Australia, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.
  • "Who Wants to Live Forever" (duet with Brian May) was released as a promo-single in 1995.
  • "Piano in the Dark" was released as a promo-single in 1997.

Albums[edit]

[9][10]

Year Album Peak chart positions
UK
[5]
US GER NOR SWE SWI AUT GRE
1979 Heidi (as Heidi Stern)
1984 Jennifer Rush * 7 2 1 2 3 5
1985 Movin' * 32 1 1 1 1 8
1987 Heart Over Mind 48 118 1 6 4 1 9
1988 Passion 3 10 4 24
1989 Wings of Desire 12 18 13
1991 The Power of Jennifer Rush 40 34 37
1992 Jennifer Rush 38
1995 Out of My Hands 15 28 30
1997 Credo 26 37
1998 Classics 34
2007 Stronghold - The Collector's Hit Box
2010 Now Is the Hour 21 61 51 6

NOTES:

  • "—" denotes releases that did not chart or that no info is known, or that the album was not released on that market.
  • * In some countries the Jennifer Rush debut album was a cross section of Jennifer Rush and Movin', either titled Jennifer Rush (Canada,[11] German Democratic Republic) or Movin' (Venezuela).

DVDs[edit]

  • The Power of Love – The Complete Video Collection (2004)

References[edit]

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