About Patrice

Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice Rushen, is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer…Producer…International Recording Artist…Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry.

Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years. Rushen has also been the only woman Musical Director/Composer for the Peoples Choice Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief. She was the only woman Musical Director/Conductor/Arranger for a late-night television talk show. The show was The Midnight Hour, which aired on CBS. In addition, Rushen was named the Musical Director/Composer for Newsweek’s first American Achievement Awards, broadcast from the Kennedy Center and she served as the Musical Director for Janet Jackson’s World Tour, “janet.” As the Musical Director for the award shows, she composed and performed special musical tributes to Michael Landon, Ted Turner, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, The Temptations, James Garner and Leonard Bernstein to name a few. Rushen was named Composer in Residence during the August 2004 sessions at the Henry Mancini Institute.

  1. #1 by Eric Charles - October 13th, 2016 at 14:19

    Hey!! Patrice, I was wondering if you’ve received my latest gospel-CD-that I sent to Paul to give to you-about 3, or so-months ago? if you have, please let me know-so I’ll know that you got it successfully. I miss you, and would like to hear from you. I provided my contact-information-on your fan-page on facebook-when sending it in the form a message; please check your message-so you’ll have access to getting the message-that I’m talking about. Thank you

  2. #2 by Lawrence Hodge - December 10th, 2015 at 22:51

    Give thanks Patrice to you ! for a couple of classics in my record collection. Jean luc Ponty upon the wings of music. Alphonso Johnson up from the cellar song Moonshadows album Also Alphonso Johnson as little as you song Yesterday’s Dreams album Wow classic Yup.

  3. #3 by Thomas R Maloney - April 20th, 2015 at 18:25

    Patrice Rushen,
    Good music has always held a special place for me, and our African-American heritage. From the early innocence of the 60′s (Motown, primarily), followed by my personal discoveries of Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ronnie Laws, Phyllis Hyman, Michael Henderson, Lonnie Liston Smith, and yourself (during the mid-70′s and 80′s); those were my 20′s and early 30′s. I thought young life would endure for ever! Now that I’m now 60, I’m grateful to have lived with your musical journey. Your music and lyrics conveyed a young, loving, open heart seeking reciprocity. I have all your albums from Patrice to Now. [It was a love interest who introduced me to your gifts; she had a copy of Patrice.] I also heard your contributions on Donald Byrd’s Characters, Ronnie Laws’ Every Generation, and will never forget the cover image on your Pizzazz. Those sounds and images helped my own expression of love and happiness grow and flourish. Your sweet voice of my own generation made it special indeed. I’ve loved you from afar and thank you for sharing your gifts, particularly within the African-American community — where R&B, Soul, and Jazz are the sound track of life! Thanks again, I’m forever grateful and a better man for the memories.

  4. #4 by Enrico - September 26th, 2014 at 09:08

    Hi Patrice, I have been a big fan of yours and soul/funk performers in general, and was very happy to note the re-issue of many of your classic albums I adore so much and that have lost none of their beauty. I wish there were many more performers like you, but apart from a handful this is not the case. Hope you will soon bless your fans with another lovely album.
    I am not religious at all but still: God bless you!

  5. #5 by richard - August 6th, 2013 at 07:39

    Hello my queen; didn’t realize you were still going strong after all these years…
    its good to know god has kept you healthy and strong…. stay blessed and continue to bless us with your soul………

  6. #6 by Rob Stockdale - March 9th, 2013 at 20:19

    I really love your music been a fan since 1980 Wehn I first heard havnt you heard I was blown away!!!I later found out how diverse and talented you are and being a keyboardist myself I have picked up a lot from your music.I saw the Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter concert DVD which you played and th emusic was great but I was more focused on you than them you are the best girl keep on keepin on :)

  7. #7 by carol yancy - September 29th, 2011 at 18:49

    Patrice, after knowing you nearly all of my life, living just a few doors away from you, remember we’d play tetherball in my backyard, teehee. Here I go on your website today only to find out that your birthday is September 30 and as well as you know I have always called and sung Happy Birthday to you on September 29th, huh? But maybe you have liked it as a pre-birthday song and maybe I won’t stop either… Love you 4ever “Babyfingers”.

  8. #8 by Carmen Jhaye - July 31st, 2011 at 23:53

    Good afternnon Ms. Rushen,

    I’ve been a fan of yours for quite some time now, and just wanted to express my appreciation for such beautiful music over the years. You are truly one of God’s most precious and talented gifts in this world. Hope to meet you one day. If you’re ever in the Altadena/Pasadena, CA area let me know.


  9. #9 by Orlando Ross - February 17th, 2011 at 09:19

    Hello Ms. Rushen,
    First off, I want to thank you for the numerous musical selections that you have made throughout the years. You are one of the most gifted as well as beautiful ladies in the musical industry. It appears that everything you are involved in musically is highly successful and please for all of your fans continue. I am currently deployed downrange in the middle east, and would love to have an autograph picture of my favorite artist. Once again thank you for being the musical genius you are.

  10. #10 by James Clay - February 6th, 2011 at 00:01

    Hi Patrice, Been a big fan since mid 70′s. Is it possible to find the song “Wishful Thinking” on CD or an MP3 download? It still brings back special memories! Any plans to perform anywhere in the midwest soon? I’d love to bring a large group of fans to see you.

  11. #11 by PETUNIABABI - October 28th, 2010 at 01:18

    I am so glad i found this site.I’ve adored you since i firest heard the track”Forget Me Nots”. In fact i grew some this year and when they came up i was so excited.When they bloomed i was outside on my patio dancing and singing your song.You are so talented,i’ve read everything i could find on you,i celebrate all of your achievements with you.I jst found out your age tonight and was surprised to find i’m only one year older than you.All this time i thought you were so much younger. You really do look about 8 years younger.I’ve always thought you have the nicest smile.Keep up your good work and now that i’ve found your site i will visit very often.May God bless you.

  12. #12 by LaTonya Lee - June 30th, 2010 at 16:33

    Hello Patrice, the first song I ever heard of yours was “Haven’t You Heard”, and have loved your music ever sing. When I’m in my music listening mode, you’re all I listen to. Thanks for the music that I so love. If you’re ever in Chicago I’m wherever your concert is! Peace and Blessings.

  13. #13 by Debra Coleman - March 27th, 2010 at 08:59

    Hello Patrice,

    I was born in ’68′, when I first heard your music, especially For Give Me Nots, I just knew it was good relaxing music to sit back and listen to. I noticed you at a very young age and been listening to you ever since. I have your greatest hits and the Signature CD. Do you have any latest CD’s that is out or coming out? God Bless

  14. #14 by David Banks - November 26th, 2009 at 13:03

    Thanksgiving day reminds us to thank those like you Patrice who have given so much for others. I was delighted to find your site and wish you continued happiness and blessings in to 2010!

  15. #15 by Leonard Jackson - August 12th, 2009 at 00:40

    Hi Patrice, What High School did you go to?

    Stay Blessed,

  16. #16 by Shelton Welch - August 5th, 2009 at 20:06

    Hi Patrice. It is so good to see you are still working hard in your first love. I remember you at USC (graduated in 75). I’m from LBC. You probably don’t remember me but I met you and your band in Denver, CO in 82′. I live in the SF bay area and hope to see you either at San Jose Jazz Festival this coming weekend, or later in the month at Yoshi’s in Oakland. God bless you.

  17. #17 by Joe - July 1st, 2009 at 22:45

    Hello Patrice. I fell in love with your music way back in high school. after i graduated in ’79 i went into the marine corps,and lost track of your career and your music. i really love the” when i found love track. you came up in my mind while i was reflecting on my high school days. i found your site through google. you was so beautiful and that smile really is electrifying. well i just wanted to drop you a few lines. peace out and God bless

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