A note from a Fan with a response from Patrice

Thank you Patrice
Hi Patrice
Today I received some stunning photographs of yourself,which I understand Andrea arranged for me. All I can say is WOW,what a woman, I will never be able to thank you enough.The photos have captured you perfectly,gorgeous photos
of a gorgeous and very talented woman. I have followed your career for some time now and will continue to do so, i look out for info about you wherever I can.The CDs are fantastic,i haven’t got the Symphony cd,i am very proud and flattered that you should do this for me.Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart,it is people like yourself who make the world a better place Take care and God bless
Glynn xxx

Sometimes, I wonder if anyone cares or is paying attention. It’s not for the accolade or the fame…it’s about substance ,art and joy. This man, has found part of that by listening to music that I recorded. I am well aware that the “gifts” with which I have been endowed allow me certain opportunities. Relating to people , allowing them pleasure and sometimes even inspiration is as much a gift to me as to them. What a blessing.
I am awed and grateful and humbled . Wow.

  1. #1 by Jeanine - March 7th, 2016 at 18:10

    Sending love! Listening all the time!

  2. #2 by Ms J - March 3rd, 2016 at 09:04

    Just tuned in – on a very late night/early morning to watch your episode of Unsung. It was well worth me missing my sleep! I have always enjoyed your music – Remind Me is definitely my favorite song. You’re such a smart, talented and simply amazing person. I really enjoyed the episode of Unsung but in my book, you’re not Unsung, you are a rare jewel, a great artist & I feel so blessed to have experienced the miracle that is your music! As long as my ears can hear, I’ll listen to your music. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world Patrice.

  3. #3 by Michael Weisenberg - May 30th, 2015 at 03:04


    I listened to your songs through out my high school years and your music brings so many good memories. Happy to see your music on YouTube where we can still listen and reminisce. Keep doing your thing.

  4. #4 by Reggie - March 17th, 2015 at 04:49

    Hello miss Rushen! Your music is very powerful and gravitational. My sister is affectionately named after you. My parents has some of your albums from the 80s which really are just beautiful and just great. I hope to meet you one day… From a fan and aspiring artist and musician

  5. #5 by Robert Morris - March 16th, 2015 at 14:20

    First of all… THANK YOU for your talent, your drive and for sharing your gifts with us… Life is short and my journey has been filled with amazing difficulties to overcome. I just wanted you to know that even though I was going through physical and emotional abuse as a child I never let those events define me… As I grew up I discovered a song called “Remind Me”… I would listen to the intro to that song over and over… the melodies would bring me to a very peaceful place… I am now a writer and motivational speaker and I still listen to that song (and others) you created whenever I feel stressed… your voice literally helps me encourage others through difficult days
    Thanks again…

  6. #6 by Anthony Kelly - February 9th, 2015 at 17:16

    Good afternoon, Patrice!
    In all my 30 years as a Vetran and Naval Officer, you have the best voice I’ve ever heard. Patrice, I wish you all the happiness in life, and may all your dreams come true. Have a great day!
    Anthony W. Kelly
    Chief Warrant Officer(2), U.S. Navy (Retired)

  7. #7 by Jens - October 27th, 2014 at 11:56

    Hallo Patrice :)
    your sound makes me fly! Love U. Peace and hugs from germany

  8. #8 by Jodi - October 25th, 2014 at 08:19

    It’s wonderful to know that you’re still sharing music that moves the soul. I didn’t know your birthday just passed, so Happy (belated) Birthday. I hope it was filled with joy. Thank you, Patrice.:)

  9. #9 by Leo - October 24th, 2014 at 13:19

    Thank you for “passing by” in Vienna, Austria YESTERDAY!
    When I wrote my birthday wishes to you 3 weeks ago, I added “see you in Vienna – one day”.
    At this very moment I didn’t really know you might visit this city so soon.
    Thank you for your great presence and wonderful energy at this superb concert with Carmen yesterday!
    My best wishes, Leo

  10. #10 by Billy - October 1st, 2014 at 05:01

    Happy Birthday to you. I’ve always loved you and I always will. Have a wonderful day, Pat.

    Love Bill

  11. #11 by Leo - September 30th, 2014 at 06:50

    Patrice, haven’t you heard!? :)
    Happy Birthday Wishes to you, Patrice
    from Vienna, Austria!

    It’s your day, have a great one!
    All the very best!

    “Hang it up” will always be my number one.
    See you in Vienna – one day.

    Birthdaykisses, Leo

  12. #12 by lola - May 16th, 2014 at 11:20

    love your music( I’m 52 years young) my favorite song is “settle for my love” beautiful song, I play it ten thousand times. thank you for your wonderful music.

  13. #13 by Jay - April 16th, 2014 at 05:05

    @kim miller
    Man…what the heck is going on? This website is kind of old. I have been a quiet fan in the largest way since in was a kid. IS there anything going on. I really miss seeing or hearing anything from you. I know you don’t sing much any more however…..I sure wish you would. It would make me so happy. Anyway….looking forward to any words….miss ya….

  14. #14 by kim miller - November 29th, 2013 at 19:14

    Love Patrice Rushen….. Music has inspired me for years I would love to see her perform

  15. #15 by victor guibunda - November 18th, 2013 at 20:25

    hello Patrice!!
    Obrigado por ter trazido a Maputo_Mozambique um toque de boa musica que este publico ha muito anseia…Deus lhe abencoe e que continue a espalhar esse seu talent!!!

  16. #16 by Skip The Funktologist - October 27th, 2013 at 07:12

    All is say is… great music you have shared with us. Hope to see you in Denver soon!

  17. #17 by Edgar - October 1st, 2013 at 04:36

    Hi again, Patrice. Happy birthday to you from my heart. Thank you for your music. Bye.

  18. #18 by Pam - August 9th, 2013 at 06:06

    Hello Patrice, Can’t tell you how much and how long I have loved your music. Thank for for my favorites Number One, Forget Me Nots, Remind Me, and Haven’t you Heard!!!! Please keep doing you!!! Much love.

  19. #19 by Ronnie Barnes - May 22nd, 2013 at 18:12

    Hi… fan from way back – Straight From the Heart is an all-time favorite (album back then). I was listening to the local alternative station KXLU and heard a re-mix recording by the Cosmic Kids that sounded very familiar – in fact, so familiar I finally placed it – “Remind Me”. Do you know of it or have you heard it?

  20. #20 by micaela - October 9th, 2012 at 04:36

    Patrice love your music and talent wow amazing voice. I love “Forget me nots” hope one day you come to florida West Palm Beach

  21. #21 by micaela - October 9th, 2012 at 04:34

    Patrice love your music and talent wow amazing. I love “Forget me nots” hope one day you come to florida West Palm Beach

  22. #22 by Edgar - September 30th, 2012 at 21:54

    Hi, Patrice. Happy Birthday to you!!!
    This note is only to thank you for your beautiful music and the time you’ve spent composing all those tunes. Thank you again. God bless you.

  23. #23 by Zot Johnson - August 21st, 2012 at 17:31

    Hello Patrice. I have been an admirer of yours since I was a kid. I have always appreciated your musical genuis and intellect and skillset. All undeniable. I understand you work more “behind the scenes” so to speak nowadays, however, it would be wonderful to see you put out another project showcasing your wide array of instrumental talents and gifts. I think you are “one of the elitest” in the game, you and Prince both! Just amazing. Keep doing your thing and know that there are many admirers out there who recognize true craftwork like yours. Be blessed, and come to Norfolk, VA and perform (smile)!!!

  24. #24 by Shaqwanna Davis - August 10th, 2012 at 06:59

    Recently I have listened to your music and my favorite song is Remind Me. I’ve also listened to your instrumental playing on Youtube and I love that piano solo you did in Montreal with Mr. Shorter and Carlos Santana for the song Elegant People. Inspired me to really get in touch with my music side and continue to play my clarinet. I’m a 21 year old female and I love jazz, soul and funk music and you are known for putting all that together in one. A very inspirational composer and very inspirational black woman. I would love to go to one of your live shows if it’s in NYC. I wouldn’t mind paying to hear some amazing music. Keep making and composing awesome music and you have a loyal follower who enjoys amazing music.

  25. #25 by vincent - November 28th, 2011 at 23:50

    suis un grand fan de votre musique depuis 1978 suis français
    noir de la Martinique.j’ai pratiquement tout vos albums, a quand un concert en France? je vous souhaite beaucoup de succès et une longue vie

  26. #26 by Roz Barbee - November 14th, 2011 at 15:33

    Hey Patrice- Tree-see!!! I’m still Army Strong- still got he hand claps down!!! Loving Life. Saw Paul JJr and Dorian when I was in LA at the JL show! Hung out in the green room! WIll be on the Smooth Jazz cruise- can’t wait to see ya Sis! Luv Ya

  27. #27 by Bree - October 14th, 2011 at 04:03

    Patrice, I have listened to your music since I was 12 years old. Literally, my first album [vinyl~yeah telling my age] that I EVER bought was Straight From the Heart. It was the summer of 1982. I helped me through a really tough time after losing my dad. I listened to that album–every tract A side and B side every day that summer. I think I knew all the words to every song. I know I probably drove my mom crazy, but it helped me through my grief and I found true solace through music.

    Today I still love your music and because music is more accessible these days, I have found your previous recordings and I find that what is constant with you is how great and talented you truly are. I wish I possessed just the talent in your pinky. I find that today, there are fewer opportunities for young people to find music and be nurtured in it like you were from very young. It saddens me that schools find music as something that is expendable in the schools curriculum. As a parent, I find it frustrating that music is no longer considered to be an outlet and way to channel a child’s energy in order for them to learn discipline and focus.

    I hope that someday you’ll find your way down here in the sound in or near New Orleans. I would love to have the opportunity to see you perform. I’ve seen your performances on Youtube, but I would like to live the experience. Keep doing what you do and I hope that you’ll release a new CD soon.

  28. #28 by Fede4real - August 11th, 2011 at 08:30

    Hi Patrice I have great admiration for your music,all your music is 5 stars and you have that special sound that makes my heart melt.The perfect fusion funk jazz IMHO. Im happy that now we have videos in youtube of you touring with Lee and your recent show in London.I missed it I live in Spain but I hope to see you live one day…Im a musician myself,of course not in your league lol but you have inspired me so much.You always remained true to great music and thats something I appreciate.I folow that direction I dont care if I dont sound that commercial. Congratulations with your tour I keep discovering your amazing albums. I would like to see you producing young soul artists I would love to hear that. Maybe Maxwell…Im sure you could make it sound classy and fresh God Bless you

  29. #29 by ron - July 31st, 2011 at 10:02

    LONDON 2011 AT THE O2-THAT SAX GUY KILLED YOUR GIG FOR ME, DID HE THINK IT WAS HIS GIG HE ALSO KILLED THE SAX SOLO FOR FORGET ME NOTS what was he thinking I saw the way you looked at him when he went off on one hahah
    dump him I don’t care who he played for in the past and I didn’t want to hear two tracks from his album it had no soul, I came to see you and your greatness and to hear your wonderful songs. You should have been centre stage – not the sax dude, the drum solo nice, the bass guy nice, the sax dude HELL Nooooooo he was in his own world I hope never to see him as long as I live – sorry if you think I’ve been harsh – it’s not personal but I came to see you and hear your songs; appreciate they are your friends, and we didn’t mind hearing from your friends but not to take over the whole gig, so it felt. so sorry again but we love you always Ron London

  30. #30 by Wesley Thomas - July 27th, 2011 at 20:57

    Hello’Patrice, Ive been a fan forever you are so talented and I thank God for giving you your gifts to share with the world. Your voice is so affectionate and kind. Yes we Libras are a special kind of people if one only take the time and get to know us. We love music and song and the finer things of life but we are so down to earth and will be a friend to the end. You are my inspiration through your music and my friend.LOL God Bless.

  31. #31 by Nicole - May 2nd, 2011 at 21:32

    Peace & Blessings Patrice!

    Today started out a heavy day for me, with so many things going on in the world, somehow I ended up at your site, posting this comment. Actually, your song “Settle For My Love” came into my head as it often does, and I pulled it up on youtube. I played the song a few times as I can never listen to it just once, as well, I have often relied on this song over the years to help me stretch my vocals. After about the third play, I started reading the bio posted with the video and was so impressed by the scope of your accomplishments, I clicked on the link to your site…aahhhh, technology…..

    That’s what brought me to your site today, but I have been a fan of yours since childhood, my dad was always playing your music and adding to the fabric of my musical mind. Today, I’m a writer and musician, I’ve had some success and believe the best is ahead of me, and I just wanted to express how your gifts continue to inspire me and give me something to aspire to on my artistic journey.

    Love & Light,

  32. #32 by Peter Rowan - April 7th, 2011 at 16:20

    Dear Patrice,

    The last time we were in the same room together, was 15th June 1988!
    I was over from England visiting my dear friends in San Francisco.
    Santana/Shorter were performing that night at the Fillmore West & I talked my friend into going to the show, without tickets. We got in to see the show & with you in the band I was given an unexpected treat. I had heard you on jazz radio shows in the UK & was impressed.
    Now my secret. There is a company in Japan who somehow make recordings of live shows all over the world. I know this is wrong, but, they sell CD’s to die for.
    To my amazement, I recently discovered they have a recording of that very show you did at Fillmore West, that I saw!
    I had to buy it for many reasons. It arrived today.
    So I can now listen to the music I witnessed on that memorable night.
    And now we are together again, but this time you are in my room!
    Its so good to read of your continued success in the music business.
    Long may it last!


  33. #33 by JAMES SULLIVAN - February 20th, 2011 at 00:27


  34. #34 by Elana - January 27th, 2011 at 00:00

    Oh by the way I love to sing too, one day I’ll make My dreams come true as a back up Singer it’s hard in this music business.

  35. #35 by Elana - January 26th, 2011 at 23:58

    Hi Patrice thank You for being a true Artist I love Your music You gave us so much in Your music & still going strong in 2011, I hope to met You one day. take care as You say in in the song track “LET THE MUSIC TAKE ME.

  36. #36 by Lady K - January 25th, 2011 at 19:12

    Hi Patrice,
    I am a HUGE fan of yours! I have been in love with your music for years and I also sell your music at a store in Silver Spring, Maryland titled “Roadhouse Oldies.” We specialize in classic Soul, R&B, Jazz, and Gospel. I also have many of your albums but there is one missing from my collection and that is the soundtrack for the movie “Hollywood Shuffle.” I am desperate to have the slow jam you did in the scene where Bobby (Robert) and his girlfriend were laying on the floor getting to watch an old movie. All I remember of the lyrics was “Take me back to yesterday, where a….” and that’s all I have. LOL Was that ever released? If so, I desperately need a copy of that. Much appreciated and I hope to hear from you.

    Fan for Life,
    Lady K

  37. #37 by Andy Hinds - January 17th, 2011 at 17:16

    Hi Patrice,
    I am teaching myself the piano and your music is a great inspiration to me. I’d like to know if there is any sheet music available for your music so I can learn to play your songs? I’ve got some chords for Forget Me Nots but I don’t think they are very accurate. Your help would be most appreciated.

  38. #38 by dudabug - January 9th, 2011 at 09:29

    I have still a mad crust on you since seeing you on Soul Train. But time goes on and i hope you are doing well.

  39. #39 by Wale Adeniji - December 29th, 2010 at 10:37

    A belated happy Christmas, Patrice!

    I was just thinking about your 1974 debut album, ‘Prelusion’. It is one of my favourite jazz albums. One of the tracks, titled ’7/73′, is really beautiful.

    What inspired you to record and name this track? I hope you can remember, considering the album is almost 37 years old!!

    Have a great 2011!!!

    Best wishes.

    From a London jazz fan.

  40. #40 by Elana Hayes - December 29th, 2010 at 05:59

    Hi Patrice I love Your music been along Fan of Yours Sadly we lost a great pioneer of a Artist Ms.TEENA MARIE I know You work with her on a track call “Yes InDeed” beautiful song with You on the piano I know She will be miss. take care Patrice I love You & Lady Tee R.I.P.

  41. #41 by EARL HENRY - November 29th, 2010 at 16:38



  42. #42 by Qiana - September 16th, 2010 at 09:36

    I have ALWAYS been a huge fan of you Patrice..your gift, talent, and drive for music comes through all that you have accomplished in life. I love it,love it, love it!Your music and motivation has helped to shape many lives musically and personally..”Look Up” and enjoy!!! Blessings.

  43. #43 by Terry Chuh - August 20th, 2010 at 16:58

    Hi Patrice! It’s your old friend from West Athens!! Haven’t seen you in ages, and just saw that you will be at Yoshi’s in Oakland tonight and tomorrow night — But I won’t get to come see you because we will be out of town until Sunday!! Write to me when you get a chance (e-mail above). Would love to catch up with you!

    Love, Terry

  44. #44 by Glendora Woodard - May 7th, 2010 at 14:31

    Hi Patrice, I simply love your music and always will. I feel like I have known you all my life. I was the one who was first at the record store as soon as I heard your album was going to be released, so you can imagine my collection. That was back in the day when you didn’t know what the music sounded like on the album, you just bought it because you loved the artist and you knew it’s just got to be good! It is my dream (“The Dream”) to meet you some day and I hope my dream comes true, for you are TRULY an inspiration to me. So, “This is all I really know something just won’t let me go astray” (One of my favorite songs). Stay sweet as you are and continue to be an inspiration to us all. From one fellow keyboard player, singer and songwriter to another, your sis.

  45. #45 by Aaron - May 2nd, 2010 at 05:37

    Where do I begin? I feel as though nothing less than a book or academic styled journal could do justice to your insurmountable talents and influence on my musical tastes. Grew up in London England before digital and Internet age, and enjoyed endless hours rummaging through vinyl junkie cellars to find your jazz inspired earlier stuff – right after coming to know of you thru popular culture and the ‘Forget Me Nots LP (with the awesome braided hairstyle). It definitely isn’t fair to reminisce on this board for countless reasons so I’ll summarize by saying thank God that you are still creating wellsprings of beautiful sounds. You are, and always will be, the seedling that sowed my musical taste, the fabric of my everyday existence. Thank you

  46. #46 by Sandy Thatcher - April 17th, 2010 at 12:02

    Your concert with your “friends” at the Ft. Worth Arts Festival last weekend was awesome, one of the very best I’ve ever heard–and I’ve heard a lot of concerts by the very best, going back to the days in the early 1970s when I was listening to Chick Corea and Return to Forever at The Bottom line in NYC, Jeff Lorber’s group (with then Kenny Gorelick in the lineup), Larry Correll, jazz fusion pioneers Barry Miles and his brother Terry Silverlight (both fellow Princetonians), Herbie Hancock, and such. I hope you pay another visit to this area soon.–Sandy Thatcher

  47. #47 by Vanessa - February 12th, 2010 at 17:56

    I love your music, your are so very, very talented. I wish you continued sucess and prosperity. Please tell me where I can find your older musice on CD.

  48. #48 by William Dula - January 22nd, 2010 at 08:37

    When are you you comming to Metro Detroit? Thank you in advance/. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  49. #49 by William Dula - January 22nd, 2010 at 08:32

    I just wanted to thank you for the memories of listening to you when my dad was alive. I grew up in the 70′s. you were hot then ……to me you are now. I mean no disrespect to you or your familiy, but I would love to hear you sing live. I live near Metro Detroit airpoort.

  50. #50 by Doug - November 25th, 2009 at 21:51


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