Patrice Rushen

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Patrice Rushen
Patrice Rushen 2010.jpg
Rushen performing on March 2, 2010
Background information
Birth namePatrice Louise Rushen
Born(1954-09-30) September 30, 1954 (age 59)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresSoul, R&B, jazz-funk, post-disco, urban, soft rock, new wave, pop
OccupationsMusician, composer, record producer, music director, educator
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboardist, flute, clarinet, percussion
Years active1972–present
LabelsPrestige, Elektra, Arista, GRP, Aix Entertainment, Discovery
Associated actsCAB
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Patrice Rushen
Patrice Rushen 2010.jpg
Rushen performing on March 2, 2010
Background information
Birth namePatrice Louise Rushen
Born(1954-09-30) September 30, 1954 (age 59)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresSoul, R&B, jazz-funk, post-disco, urban, soft rock, new wave, pop
OccupationsMusician, composer, record producer, music director, educator
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboardist, flute, clarinet, percussion
Years active1972–present
LabelsPrestige, Elektra, Arista, GRP, Aix Entertainment, Discovery
Associated actsCAB
WebsiteOfficial website

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.

Biography[edit]

Rushen is the elder of two daughters born to Allen and Ruth Rushen.[1] 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.[2] Rushen married Marc St. Louis, a concert tour manager and live show production specialist,[3] in 1986.[4] They have one son Cameron.[4][5] Her nickname is "Babyfingers," a reference to her small hands.

Awards[edit]

  1. ASCAP Songwriter's Award, 1988
  2. USC Black Student Assembly, Legacy of Excellence Award, 1992
  3. Crystal Award, American Women in Film, 1994
  4. ASCAP Award, Most Performed Song in Motion Pictures for 1997 for "Men in Black," 1998

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumBillboard 200 (Pop Albums)Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Black Albums)Top Jazz Albums (Jazz Albums)Top Contemp. Jazz
1974Prelusion
1975Before the Dawn4814
1976Shout It Out16416
Let There Be Funk: The Best Of Patrice Rushen42
1978Patrice98275
1979Pizzazz39112
1980Posh7123
1982Straight from the Heart144
1984Now4077
1985Anthology of Patrice Rushen
1987Watch Out!771917
1990The Meeting17
1994Anything but Ordinary
1996Haven't You Heard - The Best of Patrice Rushen
1997Signature9
2002The Essentials: Patrice Rushen

Singles[edit]

YearTitleChart Positions
U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
R&B/Hip-Hop
U.S.
Dance
UK Singles Chart[6]
1979"Hang It Up"-16--
"When I Found You"-87--
1980"Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up"-47--
"Haven't You Heard"427562
"Let the Music Take Me"-50--
"Look Up"102132-
1981"Never Gonna Give You Up (Won't Let You Be)"--266
1982"Forget Me Nots"23428
"Breakout!"-46--
"I Was Tired of Being Alone"-79-39
1984"Get Off (You Fascinate Me)"-2640-
"Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)"7821051
1987"Watch Out"-922-
"Anything Can Happen"-51--
1988"Come Back to Me"-6537-
"Watch Out"-9--

Filmography[edit]

  • Burning Sands (2008) (pre-production)
  • For One Night (2006) (TV)
  • Just a Dream (2002)
  • Our America (2002) (TV)
  • Baby of the Family (2002)
  • Piano, Bass and Drums (2002 Aix Entertainment), (DVD Audio)
  • The Killing Yard (2001) (TV)
  • Fire & Ice (2001) (TV)
  • Cora Unashamed (2000) (TV)
  • Ruby Bridges (1998) (TV)
  • America's Dream (1996) (TV)
  • A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom (1996) (TV)
  • The Steve Harvey Show (1996) TV Series (unknown episodes)
  • The Midnight Hour (1990) TV Series (unknown episodes)
  • Without You I'm Nothing (1990)
  • Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
  • George Michael: I'm Your Man - A South Bank Show Special (2006) (TV) (writer: "Fastlove")
  • Fahrenheit (2005) (VG) (performer: "Hang it Up")
  • Men in Black (1997) (writer: "Men In Black")
  • Waiting to Exhale (1995) (performer: "And I Gave My Love To You")
  • Big (1988) (writer/performer: "Forget Me Nots")
  • Dominick and Eugene (1988) (performer: "Somewhere")
  • TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) (V) Herself
  • VH-1 Where Are They Now? Herself (One episode, 2002)
  • 100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll (2000) (mini) TV Series Herself
  • Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years (1998) (V) Herself (hostess)
  • The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime (1991) (TV) Herself
  • Top of the Pops Herself (One episode, 1982)
  • Soul Train Herself (One episode, 1981)

Musical directing[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (database on-line)". United States: The Generations Network. 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Patrice Rushen MM ’76". University of Southern California. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Celebrity Author". Toi Moore. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Rhythm & Blues Legend = Patrice Rushen". Mingle City. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths ST. LOUIS, MARIE - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1999-06-15. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 476. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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