Jennifer Batten Biography
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 lesson.