Martin Luther King, Jr. Harriet Tubman. Malcolm X. Shirley Chisholm. When it comes to Black History Month, we all know the lineup of notable contributors to Black history, however history–specifically black history for the purpose of this blog series–is made everyday. Check out today’s spotlight.
Name: Patrice Rushen
Occupation: Singer, Musician, Songwriter (among other things)
The Wikipedia Summary: Patrice Louise Rushen (born September 30, 1954) is an American composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, music director and vocalist. Her 1982 single, “Forget Me Nots”, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had great success on the R&B and dance charts, but “Forget Me Nots” was the only one to crack the Top 40 pop chart.
Learn More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Rushen
Personal Note: The old school remembers “Forget Me Nots” from the 80’s. The new school remembers the MIB movie remix by Will Smith of the same name (1997). The blessing and the curse is when a musical artist ends up being typecasted for one or two songs. Patrice Rushen is an amazing pianist/musician and if you don’t believe me, then check this out for yourself…
Patrice Rushen solo live at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival