Patrice Rushen
Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen, a multiple-time Grammy Nominee, has made it a habit of breaking new ground over the course of her extensive career. Releasing her debut project in 1974, Patrice has amassed 14 solo albums to her credit, along with a greatest hits anthology released in 1997 and two albums with The Meeting, a world renowned jazz super group consisting of herself, drummer Ndugu Chancler, and saxophonist Ernie Watts.

A classically trained pianist, Rushen has spent a lifetime honing skills that make her one of the music industry's most versatile and sought after artists. She has performed with and produced for such esteemed artists as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, Tom Jones, Boys II Men, Sheena Easton, and many more.

Patrice was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the Grammy Awards during their 46th, 47th, and 48th shows, the first woman in over 40 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for the Emmy Awards, and the first female Musical Director of the People's Choice Awards, HBO's Comic Relief, and the NAACP Image Awards, the latter of which she directed for 12 consecutive years. In addition, she served as Musical Director for Janet Jackson's world tour, "janet."

Patrice has provided scores for numerous television series and movies, including Showtime's "The Killing Yard," the Sundance Film Award-winning "Our America," and HBO's "America's Dream," starring Danny Glover and Wesley Snipes, along with composing the theme song for the hit sitcom, "The Steve Harvey Show." Perhaps her most well known film composition credit comes from "Men In Black," honored by ASCAP in the category of Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture.

Since 2000, Rushen has composed several symphonic works, each a commissioned assignment by a major orchestra and each premiering to rave reviews. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree in 2005 from Berklee College of Music for "outstanding contribution to music and culture." Today, she proudly serves as Chair of Popular Music at USC.

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