Een belangrijk keerpunt in de carrière van Jennifer Batten kwam er toen ze uit meer dan honderd gitaristen werd geselecteerd om te spelen in de band van Michael Jackson, waarmee ze anderhalf jaar de wereld rondtoerde en voor meer dan vierenhalf miljoen mensen speelde. Na de release van twee van haar eigen albums werd ze telkens gevraagd om Michael Jackson te vergezellen, in 1992 voor zijn ‘Dangerous Tour’en in 1997 voor de 2 jaar durende wereldtournee ter ondersteuning van het dubbelalbum “HIStory”.
In het voorjaar van 1998 vroeg Jeff Beck Jennifer om zich bij zijn band aan te sluiten. Ze bundelden de volgende 3 jaar hun krachten op de cd’s “Who Else”, en “You Had It Coming”, die telkens werden ondersteund door wereldtournees.
Jennifer Batten was ook gast op onder meer cd’s met Carmine Appice (gekend o.a. Vanilla Fudge, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Pink Floyd,…), Michael Sembello (ster producer and gitarist van Stevie Wonder), Carl Anderson, Carina Alfie en verschillende rock tributes.
Tijdens deze tour wordt ze begeleid door Niklas Turmann (bas en zang) en John Macaluso (drums).
Verwacht in Zaal Goedleven een show met rock klassiekers, eigen werk en natuurlijk Michael Jackson songs!
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 is about to release 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.