JENNIFER BATTEN - The buzz
on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines
promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach
to the electric guitar in print.
At one point Batten was in 6 different bands, playing everything from straight
ahead rock, to metal,fusion, and funk. A major turning point came when she was
selected from over one hundred guitarists to play in Michael Jackson's highly
skilled band which toured the world for one and a half years playing for over
four and a half million people. Jennifer wasted no time after the” Bad” Tour's
grand finale, diving into work on her own album with renown producer (and Stevie
Wonder guitarist) Michael Sembello. The stunning results can be heard on “Above,
Below, and Beyond”, the title appropriately describing the interesting diversity
within. With this debut release, the world at large learned what all the
excitement was about.
Shortly after the record's release in the spring of '92, she was asked again to
join Michael Jackson for his upcoming "Dangerous Tour". In January '93, she
joined Jackson to partake in Superbowl XXVII's half time entertainment which
aired to one and half billion people in 80 nations. It was the largest audience
in television history.
She completed her second solo record "Jennifer Batten's Tribal Rage~Momentum,"
just before she was again asked to join Michael Jackson for his 2 year world
tour supporting his double album "HIStory" in 1997.
Jennifer's Tribal Rage project took a much different direction than her first
record and is heavily influenced by world music. It is a hybrid of rock and very
exotic sounds, including African percussion, Australian didgeridoo, Caribbean
steel drums and Scottish bag pipes.
In the spring of 98 Jeff Beck asked Jennifer to join his band. They joined
forces for 3 years on the CD’s "Who Else", and “You Had It Coming” which were
both supported by world tours.
Other guest appearances include CD's with Carmine Appice, Michael Sembello, Carl
Anderson, Carina Alfie and several rock tributes.
Jennifer has authored two music books and has just released her third solo
CD/DVD entitled “Whatever”. With this 3rd effort, she’s ventured into
electronica, vocal samples, and film. She’s supporting this release with a
multimedia one woman show, playing guitar in synch with films projected onto a
giant screen. The companion DVD includes over 90 min of art films, previously
unreleased music videos, interviews, commentary, and an innovative guitar
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