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Patrice Rushen (born Patricia Louise Rushen on September 30, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a female R&B\jazz singer, composer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist.

When she was only 3 years old, Patrice’s parents enrolled her in music classes at USC and by her teen years, she won a solo competition at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival which earned her a record contract with Prestige Records. Patrice attended Locke High in South Los Angeles, California and attended the University of Southern California where she earned a degree in music.

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In 1974, Patrice released her debut album “Prelusion” which was mainly a instrumental jazz record. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.
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In 1975, she released her second album “Before the Dawn” which featured a fusion of R&B, pop and rock elements to jazz music. The album managed to peak at #14 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and #48 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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In 1977, Patrice released her third album “Shout it Out” which peaked at #164 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.

The album would be her last album on Prestige Records before signing with Elektra Records. Patrice was also featured on albums by artists such as Eddie Henderson & Donald Byrd.

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In 1978, Patrice released her self-titled album (and first on Elektra Records) “Patrice” which peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200, #27 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #5 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.

The album was heavily criticized by jazz fans due to the album featuring a more R&B\pop music style and Patrice was accused of being a sellout.

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The first single “Hang It Up” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The follow-up single “When I Found You” peaked at #87 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
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In 1979, Patrice released her fifth album “Pizzazz” which peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200, #11 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.

The first single from the album “Givin’ It Up Is Givin’ Up” peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

The second single “Haven’t You Heard” peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #7 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.

The last single released from the album “Let the Music Take Me” peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
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In 1980, Patrice released her sixth album “Posh” which peaked at #71 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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The first single “Look Up!” peaked at #102 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart (along with “Never Gonna Give You Up”) and #13 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
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The follow-up single “Never Gonna Give You Up” peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks and #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart (along with “Look Up!”).
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In 1982, Patrice released her seventh album “Straight From the Heart” which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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The lead single from the album “Forget Me Nots” became Patrice’s biggest & well-known hit to date, peaking at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks and #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music chart.
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The follow-up single “Breakout!” peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
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The last single released from the album “I Was Tired of Being Alone” peaked at #79 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.
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In 1984, Patrice released her eighth album “Now” which peaked at #40 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard’s R&B & Top Jazz Albums charts.
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The lead single from the album “Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)” peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #3 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
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The follow-up single “Get Off (You Fascinate Me)” peaked at #40 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #26 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. After that, Patrice left Elektra Records and signed with Arista Records.
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In 1987, Patrice released her ninth album (and only album on Arista Records) “Watch Out!” which peaked at #77 on the Billboard 200 and #19 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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The title song peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
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The second single from the album “Anything Can Happen” peaked at #51 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
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The last single released from the album “Come Back to Me” peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #65 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles Chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

During that same year, Patrice composed two songs for the Robert Townsend film “Hollywood Shuffle.”

In 1988, Patrice was the musical director for his HBO variety show series “Partners in Crime.” She was also a musical consultant for “The Women of Brewster Place” and the musical director for the TV series “The Midnight Hour.”

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In 1990, Patrice released her 10th album “The Meeting” which also featured artists such as saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler. The album peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

In 1993, Patrice served as the musical director for Janet Jackson’s “Janet” world tour. During that same year, she signed a record deal with Hollywood Records.
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A year later in 1994, she released her eleventh album “Anything but Ordinary” which failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

The album was supposed to be released on Hollywood Records, but the label wasn’t happy with it & they ended up shelving it, but Sin-Drome Records bought the album rights & re-issued the album.

In 1997, her publishing company was honored by the ASCAP for Will Smith’s song “Men in Black” (wich sampled Patrice’s song “Forget Me Nots”).

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In 1998, Patrice released her 12th album “Signature” on GPR Records which peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Since then, Patrice’s career has taken off. She has been the only female music director\composer for the People’s Choice Awards, worked with HBO’s Comic Relief, became the first woman to serve as the musical director for the NAACP Image Awards and the first woman in 43 to serve as the head composer\musical director of the Emmy Awards.

Patrice has composed music in film & television and has performed & produced music for various artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Carlos Santana, Tom Jones, Nancy Wilson, Boyz II Men and George Benson. She has also served as a Composer in Residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and 2001.

In 2005, Patrice received an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music and a year later, she was honored by Jazz At Lincoln Center at the 2nd Annual Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival. In April of 2008, she accepted a professorship at Berklee where she teaches a course called “Patrice Rushen: The Value of Music Education.”

These days, Patrice composes music for films, television & orchestras. She also still continues to perform. She also works closely with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS “Grammy in the Schools” program & works with other organizations that are dedicated to establishing music education & mentorship programs for inner-city youth.

To see a fan-made video for “Hang It Up,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “When I Found You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Givin’ It Up is Givin’ Up,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Haven’t You Heard,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Let the Music Take Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Look Up,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Never Gonna Give You Up,” go to:

To see the music video for “Forget Me Nots,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Breakout,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Was Tired of Being Alone,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go),” go to:

To see the music video for “Get Off (You Fascinate Me),” go to:

To see the music video for “Watch Out,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Anything Can Happen,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Come Back to Me,” go to:

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