Jennifer Batten has been playing guitar since age 8. She graduated from the 3rd class of Musicians Institute in 1979. In 1987 she was chosen from 100 guitarists to play on Michael Jackson’s BAD tour which travelled the globe for 1 1/2 years. She remained in Michael Jackson’s band for ten years. Right after the BAD tour, she recorded her debut CD “Above, Below, and Beyond” with producer Michael Sembello. It was released just prior to the launch of Jackson’s DANGEROUS tour in 1992. Following this tour she recorded and released her follow up CD “Momentum” and immediately joined Jackson’s final world tour in support of his dbl CD “HIStory” in 1997. Within a year of the HIStory tour’s completion, British guitar icon Jeff Beck asked her to join his band. She toured and recorded with him for 3 years supporting the 2 CD’s; “Who Else’ and “You Had It Coming” In 2009, she released her 3rd CD/DVD and began touring her own music performing in synch with films she makes. She’s had 3 instructional DVD’s released by truefire.com. In 2011 she played a Las Vegas residency for Cirque Du Soleil. Her latest 2017 release is Scherer Batten “BattleZone” which is a vocal pop record with songs mostly written by Jim Peterik of the band Survivor. She continues to tour the globe in various formats, from bands, to solos shows, to clinics, to master classes. In Jan 2016 she received the She Rocks “Icon” award and shortly after, was inducted into Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of the Greats.
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This event was first published on February 11, 2021 and last updated on March 1, 2021.