4x Grammy Nominee Patrice Rushen Signs Global Publishing Deal with WCM

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Photo Credit: Chuck Gamble, Patrice Rushen, Carianne Marshall, Guy Moot / WCM

Warner Chappell Music signs a global publishing deal with 4x Grammy nominee and jazz/R&B star Patrice Rushen.

Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a global publishing deal with R&B and jazz singer Patrice Rushen. A 4x Grammy nominee, Rushen is considered one of the world’s top recording artists and composers, performing with and producing for esteemed artists like Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Nancy Wilson, Sheena Easton, Carlos Santana, and Freddie Hubbard. She has served as the first female musical director for many top award shows, including the Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and NAACP Image Awards.

“I am so excited to be with WCM,” said Patrice Rushen. “It’s been wonderful to feel the energy and support of a company whose respect for music is matched by the progressive perspectives and ideas which serve to protect music makers. I look forward to the celebration of my existing catalog as well as the creation of new collaborative projects and songs.”

“Patrice is a one-woman creative powerhouse — artist, producer, conductor, composer, and renaissance writer,” said WCM VP of Catalog Promotions/Creative Services, Chuck Gamble. “She has built a career that extends beyond music creation, embracing versatility and authenticity, and we’re honored to work with such a remarkable legacy.”

“We’ve been fans of Patrice and her music for a long time. She’s crafted a collection of songs that continue to hold cultural significance, built on undeniable passion and natural skill,” added WCM Co-Chairs Guy Moot (CEO) and Carianne Marshall (COO). “Throughout her career, she’s also served as a driving force for female songwriters and set the stage for the next generation of diverse talent to thrive, and we’re very thankful to have this opportunity to look after her timeless catalog.”

A classically trained pianist, Patrice Rushen found success in the ‘70s and ‘80s with her signature blend of jazz, pop, and R&B. Her 1982 single “Forget Me Nots” received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, while the chorus was later sampled for Will Smith’s hit “Men In Black,” recorded for the film of the same name. George Michael also sampled the track in his dance-hit version, “Fast Love,” featuring original vocals from Rushen.

Rushen has 14 solo albums to her name, as well as a compilation album of greatest hits. In addition to her accomplishments as a recording artist and musical director, Rushen has composed musical scores for film and TV, including Showtime’s “The Killing Yard,” the Sundance Film Award-winning “Our America,” and the critically acclaimed “Wonderful World of Disney” telefilm, to name a few. She also composed the theme song for the sitcom, “The Steve Harvey Show.”

Currently, Rushen is composing for film and TV, as well as working closely with organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for inner-city youth. Having just performed for a sold-out crowd at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Rushen is also continuing a successful tour in Europe and the US this summer.