Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Best Unkown Guitarists - Jennifer Batten

Jennifer Batten (born November 29, 1957) is an American guitarist who has worked as both a session musician and solo artist. She has released three studio albums: her 1992 debut, Above Below and Beyond, was produced by former Stevie Wonder guitarist Michael Sembello. In 1997, she released the worldbeat-influenced Jennifer Batten's Tribal Rage: Momentum. Her third album, Whatever, was released in Japan in September 2007 and worldwide on April 18, 2008.
In 1983, at the age of 25, Batten auditioned for Michael Jackson's songs "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "Beat It". Although she lost out to Eddie Van Halen for the guitar solo in "Beat It", Jackson chose Batten for guitar on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". Batten would go on to support Jackson for ten years on all his major world tours, including reproducing perfectly Van Halen's performance in the studio recording of "Beat It".[citation needed].
Batten has appeared on recordings such as Jeff Beck's Who Else! (1999) and You Had It Coming (2001), Michael Sembello's Heavy Weather (1992), Bret Helm's "Doc Tahri" and the debut of The Immigrants. Her music video appearances include Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, Sara Hickman and Miguel Mateos's "ObsesiĆ³n".
Batten played lead and rhythm guitar on Michael Jackson's Bad (1987), Dangerous (1992) and HIStory (1996) world tours, as well as his 1993 Super Bowl half-time performance.
Between 1994 and 1999 Batten joined Dave Rodgers and Domino as featured guitarist on the eurobeat songs "Sun City", "Music For the People", "Fly" and "Woa Woa Woa." Her writing and performing is uncredited in several other songs under the A-Beat C label.[citation needed] Her live Eurobeat appearances were limited to playing at the Tokyo Dome with Dave Rodgers and Queen of Hearts.
In 2010 she recorded a solo for the song "Bad Girls" for a Polish singer Doda.
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