Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

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Uploaded by on Feb 15, 2010

From the 1982 Straight From The Heart

Rushen was born in Los Angeles, California on September 30, 1954, the eldest of two daughters born to her father and the former Ruth Harris.
She demonstrated her musical potential at a young age; she was regarded as a child prodigy.
In her teens, she won the prestigious 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival. She earned her degree in music from the University of Southern California.
As a mature woman, she became a jazz master and top musical director.

After recording three albums and becoming an in-demand session player, including with artists such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Rushen signed with Elektra Records in 1978.

Forging an engaging jazz/R&B/funk fusion, this fresh mixture of styles gave her great success with a string of Top Ten R&B hits, including “Haven’t You Heard,” “Forget Me Nots,” “Feels So Real,” “Watch Out,” “You Remind Me,” and “Never Gonna Give You Up” from her first five albums (Patrice, Pizzazz, Posh, Straight From the Heart, and Now).

Rushen also performed her single I Need Your Love on the hit show Soul Train in 1981.
She also penned the opening theme for The Steve Harvey Show. Her mentor and friend is Quincy Jones. Rushen also plays multiple instruments including flute, piano, percussion, and clarinet.
ASCAP Songwriter’s Award, 1988; USC Black Student Assembly, Legacy of Excellence Award, 1992; Crystal Award, American Women in Film, 1994; AS CAP Award, Most Performed Song in Motion Pictures for 1997 for “Men in Black,” 1998.





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