Jennifer Rush turns 63 today

The singer was responsible for one of the biggest 1980’s hits “The Power Of Love”

Jennifer Rush turns 63 today

Responsible for one of the biggest hit ballads from the 1980’s, Jennifer Rush was born Heidi Stern, September 28, 1960 in Queens, New York. She spent her early years moving between the U.S and Germany though she’s not from German ancestry. She settled in Seattle when she was a teenager where she released locally her first album “Heidi Stern”. Rush, a trained musician was also composing some of her songs, later in her life she composed songs for other artists as well.  When here singing career stalled in the U.S, Rush moved back to Germany, the right move as in 1985 her co-written single “The Power of Love,” became the biggest selling single of 1985 in the United Kingdom and a significant hit in Australia, Ireland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, South Africa and Sweden, it was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the best-selling single by a female solo artist in the history of the British music industry.” “The Power of Love” held that status until 1992, when it was outsold by Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. “The Power of Love” topped the charts for more than eight weeks in Australia, South Africa and numerous European countries. But though it reached number one in several other countries, Rush’s version reached only number 57 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, despite that,  she performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in March 1986 and American Bandstand in April 1986. After several cover versions by other artists, the Celine Dion version made a U.S. chart impact in 1994. It was Rush’s 1987 album “Heart over Mind”, featuring compositions by Desmond Child, Michael Bolton, and Diane Warren, and guitar work from Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, that finally brought her Top 40 success in her home country, with “Flames of Paradise,” a duet with Elton John. Over the years Jennifer Rush has scored hits as a singer specially throughout Europe, Africa and Asia with songs like “Ring of Ice,” “Destiny,” “I Come Undone,” “Madonna’s Eyes,” “Flames of Paradise”(a duet with Elton John), “25 Lovers,” “Till I Loved You”(a duet with Plácido Domingo), “Heart Over Mind”, “You’re My One and Only,” “Who Wants to Live Forever”(a duet with Brian May from Queen), and “Amigos Para Siempre”(a duet with José Carreras). In recent years Rush has gone back to concentrate more on her songwriting, she has been writing and collaborating on songs for current and future releases for other artists and her own releases.

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